Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Undivided attention — Hyde Park in the 1970s; photo credit: Leonard Bentley (CC BY-2.0)

Take The Stage – Become Part Of #rp15!

Since its founding, the idea of sharing and exchanging knowledge has always been an important part of re:publica. All participants are part of a larger whole. As active participants, as helpers and volunteers, but of course also as speakers! More than half of the 300-hour programme of the re:publica comes from your submissions to our Call For Papers. And thanks to your inspiring, unusual and innovative proposals, re:publica has become what it is today – the most exciting digital conference in Europe.

With its motto Finding Europe, the coming re:publica has a special focus on the digital society of our home continent with its great cultural, economic and political richness and diversity. We are particularly happy to receive submissions matching the wide range of European topics and ideas, as well as many international applications. And of course, we are also interested in everything else that sounds surprising, enlightening or entertaining from areas like politics and society, science and technology, culture and entertainment, business and innovation, education, health, or witchcraft…

For an impression of the range of re:publica talks and topics, see last year’s programme or the documentation of past talks on our YouTube channel.

What we are looking for

Your idea, your vision, your project – creative, bold, original or reckless. Present your session as a talk, discussion format, or more practical workshop or activity. Only condition: it musn’t be boring!

What we offer

A stage, and a lot of attention for your contribution. Be a part of re:publica when it opens its gates from May 5 to 7, 2015, to welcome 6,000 international visitors and 450 speakers at the STATION-Berlin.


The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015. There is only one exeption: the deadline for the Call for Papers "City of the Future" in cooperation with the Science Year 2015 is February 20th as it was only started on January 20th, 2015.


Register for a Speaker Profile. If you were a participant at re:publica 2014, you just need to update your profile. On your profile, you can add a suggestion for a session. You will be notified by the end of February whether your submission has been accepted.

You want to join?

Have a look at our FAQs for more information and submission guidelines below.


Take part in our Call for Papers! From early December on you can submit your session idea. Please register at our website and submit a new session form for each idea. A detailed description can be found below. A little hint, the more precise and complete the information you submit, the easier for us to select your session.

No, you only need to update your account. Log in with your details. On the main page you see the note “re:publica 15: Please register first.” Click on it and follow the instructions: select “re:publica 15” and confirm the process.

We need information concerning your session idea including the topic, a brief description of the content and the format (lecture, discussion, workshop or action), all in German or English, as well as some information about you.

Selection criteria include the quality and completeness of your proposal and how well your proposed session fits in to the programme. We are looking for creative and innovative contributions, as well as interesting concepts and methodologies.

The Call for Papers ends on January 31, 2015. Proposals submitted after this date or which reach us through other channels cannot be accepted.

We will let you know by the end of February 2015, at the latest.

On the day your session will take place. We do not need your finished presentation but your short session description will be published online. We’d suggest making the short description informative and well formulated when submitting, in order to get readers interested in your session. Also, make it short but sweet (hardly anyone reads more than half a page, so your session's description is limited to 2,000 caracters).

Unfortunately, tickets are not refundable. But you can resell your ticket or gift it to someone. For that send an email to ticket at 

No, unfortunately not.

No, unfortunately not. Due to the fact that we try to keep our entrance fees a low as possible and affordable for everyone, we have a really tight budget. We hope you understand that we therefore cannot compensate for travel and accommodation costs.

Of course, you can. We do not, however, accept product presentations or company marketing presentations. If your company is interested in cooperating or partnering with re:publica, please contact us.

We have 15, 30 and 60 minute slots. You can let us know your preference in your proposal. If your session is “Action” orientated, and thus doesn’t need a specific stage or room, it can use up more time.

  1. Go to the registration page. If you were a participant at re:publica 2014, you just need to update your profile.

  2. You can already start to fill out and complete your speaker profile or finish this at a later time. You'll need to already provide a picture in the required dimensions. Please note, your speaker profile must be fully completed by the end of January for your session to be accepted.

  3. Choose your username. It will be visible to all website users.

  4. Enter a valid e-mail address.

  5. After completing registration you will be forwarded to the home page again and receive an activation link via your submitted e-mail address. Please note that this might take up to 15 minutes depending on your e-mail provider and please also check your spam folder... Click the link and set a password.

  6. When you're logged in you will find a menu bar (black and grey bar on the top of the page) and your user dashboard:

    • User account: Here you'll find your dashboard with latest news, profile information, your submitted sessions.

    • To edit your profile click "edit" below the menu bar and find your user account were you can change your e-mail address and password, as well as your "Speaker profile" where you can edit & complete your speaker profile.

    • My events: Here you can switch between the events of the last years if you where already registered back then.

    • To submit a session go to "User account" (your dashboard) where you find the field "Create Session" and can click on "Add content > Session" to create a session proposal

    • My content: here you'll find your submitted proposal and may edit them as necessary.

  7. Now: Click "Add content > session" and simply fill out all fields related to your session proposal.

  8. Feel free to save and continue at a later date – but remember: your session needs to be completely filled out by January 31, 2015.

  9. Add speakers to your sessions. If you are planning several speakers into your session, all of them need to register and create a profile. Once you know their username, please add the usernames to the "speakers" field in the form. Make sure to wait for the autocomplete that verifies the speaker name with our database. 

  10. Once you saved your session and can access it from your dashboard, also the curation team can see it. That means it's submitted and you don't need to do anything else. 

  11. Celebrate, your session is fully filled out and submitted on time! Or go back to Step 7 and submit more session proposals.

All speaker profiles are public and visible to every website user. If your idea for a session has been rejected we can delete your profile. For that send an email to programme at


As long as you can access your session from the dashboard, it is saved and submitted correctly. You don't need to do anything else. 

Your session will be published once we accepted it for the conference programme. But no worries, we'll inform you via email before we'll publish it.

You will be able to change the session proposal at any time. Though if you change it after the Call for Papers deadline on January 31, 2015 you should notify us. We will in turn notify you if we think your session proposal needs a rewrite before we can publish it.

An Ignite Talk is a short presentation on a specific topic. You will have 5 minutes to pitch a certain idea, a project you started or anything else you deeply care about. Normally it would be used to call for action, to search for people to join the project or to just get the word out.

If you hold a 5-minute Ignite Talk at re:publica you will be featured on our website and get a video recording of your talk. However you won't get a free ticket for the conference.