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Due to the ever-shifting global health and travel situation, VB has taken the tough decision to cancel the in-person version of VB2021 in Prague.

Instead, we are very excited to announce the second VB localhost conference, building on the tremendous success of VB2020 localhost.

We are now seeking submissions from those wishing to present papers at VB2021 localhost and have extended the call for papers deadline until 21 April.


Why submit to VB?

The Virus Bulletin (VB) Conference is one of the longest running security conferences in the world. It attracts some of the industry's brightest minds and provides a friendly environment in which serious research can be outlined and discussed with peers from around the world.

The virtual version of the event presents an exciting opportunity to share your research with an even wider cross section of the IT security community around the world, without having to take time out of your work schedule (or budget) to travel. 


Who can present a paper, and on what topics?

We welcome submissions on all aspects of digital security, from the very technical to the more general, whether you are an experienced speaker or a first-time presenter, and no matter where you are based in the world.

The conference has a broad focus, but has always concentrated on analysing and preventing real-world attacks: from malware analyses to APT campaign investigations; from tools that help with research to new detection methods; from attacks against the BIOS to research into global infection rates. We also very much welcome 'out-of-the-box' submissions.

We are particularly interested in hearing from speakers who can share their experience from the real world, who are employed by businesses, governments or NGOs and tasked with securing systems and fending off attacks.


What will be expected if my paper is accepted?

  • You will be required to record a 25-minute presentation (VB will give you full guidance on how to make your recording) and submit it to us no later than 20 August, 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.

  • You will also need to send us a full, written paper to accompany your presentation by 30 June. The papers are an essential part of the conference, as they provide a detailed back-up of the material presented at the event — in many cases, the written papers will be able to provide information in greater depth than is possible in a presentation, and many speakers find it useful to refer the audience to their paper in order to save time going over details in the presentation.

    We will edit your paper for style, grammar and consistency, and we will send you an edited version of the paper for approval prior to its publication.


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

The conference will take place online over two days: 7 and 8 October, 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?

VB2021 localhost is entirely free to attend, which means it attracts 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. VB2020 localhost atrracted over 2,900 registered delegates from 84 countries around the world.



How to submit a proposal

Please use our online abstract submission form to submit a paper proposal for VB2021. You will need to include:

  • an abstract of approximately 300 words outlining the proposed presentation (a full paper is not required at this time)
  • full contact details with each submission
  • Note: the deadline for abstract submissions is 21 April 2021. Submissions received later than 21 April 2021 will not be considered.

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 a week after the close of the call for papers.

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



Partnership opportunities

Whether you are interested in increasing brand recognition, generating leads or recruiting from our audience (or even have a parallel event in mind), there are lots of exciting opportunities to partner with VB2021. For details contact Allison Sketchley by email or telephone +44 20 3920 6348.

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