VB2020 localhost call for last-minute papers

VB is seeking submissions for last-minute papers for VB2020 localhost, the first fully online and free to attend VB conference.

With threats evolving and research ongoing, we have set aside a number of speaking slots on the programme specifically for 'last-minute' papers that deal with new, up-to-the-minute material.


What is a last-minute paper?

In addition to the presentations already scheduled on the VB2020 localhost programme, 9 speaking slots have been set aside for 'last-minute' presentations, the aim of which is to present 'hot' research — material that is truly up-to-the-minute.


What will I be required to do if my last-minute paper is selected for VB localhost?

  • If your paper is selected, you will be asked to record a 25-minute presentation (VB will provide full guidance on how to make your recording) and submit it to us by no later than 6 September, 0:00 UTC. This is a hard deadline, to allow for video post-production editing. 
  • If your presentation is on the live programme we will also ask you to be available between the hours of 16:00 - 20:00 UTC on the day on which your presentation is broadcast, in order to take live Q&A.
  • As usual with the last-minute papers, you are not required to write a paper.


How to submit a proposal

Please use our online abstract submission form to submit a paper proposal for VB2020 localhost. You will need to include:

  • An abstract of approximately 300 words outlining the proposed presentation (a full presentation is not required at this time)
  • Full contact details with each submission
  • Note: the deadline for abstract submissions is 17 August 2020.

The abstract submission form can be found here.

Following the close of the call for papers all submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee; authors will be notified of the status of their paper by email. We aim to notify those whose papers have been selected no later than 20 August 2020.

Should you have any queries about the call for papers, please get in touch: conference@virusbulletin.com.

How does VB localhost differ from the in-person event?

The conference will take place online over three days: 30 Sept to 2 Oct, but instead of the usual three parallel tracks of the in-person conference, we will have a single track, broadcasting live from 16:00 to 20:00 UTC each day, complete with a professional host. Attendees will be able to join at any time, and re-watch, rewind or pause the live stream.

In addition to the live broadcast there will be a library packed full of top quality presentations for on-demand viewing – meaning attendees can watch the presentations whenever and wherever they like.


Who will attend?

VB2020 localhost is entirely free to attend and is likely to attract a significantly larger number of delegates than the in-person version of the conference - allowing you to share your research with an even wider cross section of the IT security community around the world.


Partnership opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to partner with VB2020 at a variety of levels. For details contact Allison Sketchley by email or telephone +44 20 3920 6348.



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