Call for Presenters and Contributors EXTENDED TO JAN 11, 2021

The Winter Cycling Congress takes place on Thursday February 11th, 2021. The programme for this special gathering is always a mix of academic, professional and cultural submissions. Tell a story, grab a camera, share a project, spark a conversation. This year promises to go live from Siberia to Anchorage. So wherever you are, we want to hear from you. 

Submit a proposal for the e-Global Winter Cycling Congress!
After reading the guidelines below please click here

Viva La Bike Boom! Themes

Topics for presentation proposals should fall into one of the four themes of the Viva La Bike Boom! e-Global Congress:

  • Changing Gears - politics, advocacy and municipal policy, gender, race, climate and social justice
  • Keeping the Wheels Turning - urban planning and design, equipment, how-to’s, maintenance and operation
  • Pedalling for the Future - social, financial, physical and mental health, psychology, community building business, marketing or communications
  • For the Love of Winter - Art - No two snowflakes are alike, and this is a conference unlike any other. Winter is magic. Share your gift. Tell a story.

Presentation Formats

All presentations for this e-Global congress will be held online. Presentation formats include:

  • Lecture — A 90-minute session with 3 lectures on related topics. You present your contribution in a maximum of 20 minutes. A moderator leads the discussion following the presentations.
  • Workshops — A 90-minute interactive session that you lead together with another expert on the topic submitted. Tell us about your topic and the approach you suggest for the workshop in your submission form.
  • Panel session — Together with other experts you join a panel around a common theme. Each panel member makes a short presentation. After, a moderator interviews the panel and engages the audience.
  • Pecha Kucha — 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, this is the formula for a Pecha Kucha presentation.
  • Live Tour - A 10-30min live tour, on foot or bicycle, highlighting the good or the bad, the special or the new.
  • Interview - A conversation, on stage, between two people, where the interview and interviewee delve into an interesting topic.
  • Plenary - A long format (up to an hour long) mainstage deep dive into something on which you are a subject matter expert. Suitable for a highly innovative idea that requires significant introduction time or recap of a life’s work.
  • Piece, story or performance - Think sound art, a video, a reaction conveyed by physical movement or a poem. Share something that just doesn’t quite fit into any of the above.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Deliver cutting-edge information about issues related to winter cycling policy, planning, engineering, design, maintenance, implementation, evaluation and encouragement.
  • Address winter cycling through the lens of equity – this could mean discussing distribution of infrastructure, providing equal maintenance, encouraging marginalized groups to use bicycles and walk and other topics related to equity in the context of winter.
  • Emphasize innovative approaches and replicable examples.
  • Offer creativity, interest, excitement and urgency.
  • Engage new communities of people in discussions about cycling and sustainable transport.

Submitting Your Proposal

General guidelines:

  • Proposals must be submitted using the online form available on this website (see above). 
  • Proposals can be edited/updated after submission by contacting the organizers.
  • Your proposal is not successfully submitted until you receive a confirmation e-mail after clicking the final submit button. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact us.
  • Submission of a proposal implies formal commitment by the designated presenting author to register for the congress and to present. However, registration is not required at the time of submission.
  • All proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee and may be accepted or rejected for oral presentation. The conference will not have any poster presentations.
  • The corresponding author will receive all correspondence about the proposal. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that the presenting author also acts as corresponding author.

Proposal guidelines:

  • Proposals must be written in English.
  • Include your biography (400 characters max) and contact information: name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • Indicate which format you are proposing. (See Presentation Formats section above.)
  • Identify which theme your proposal should be considered for. (See Viva La Bike Boom! Themes section above.)
  • The title of your presentation should be clear and specific, and in upper case.
  • List 3-5 keywords that best describe your presentation.
  • The proposal text should be limited to 500 words.
  • Two (2) pictures allowed and will be displayed as figure 1 and 2. You can upload the pictures as .JPG in the module.
  • Do not include tables or figures in the core text.
All accepted proposals will be published on the Winter Cycling Federation website.

For more information

Please contact us via email or follow us via social media! 

Stichting Winter Cycling Congress
Duboisdomein 5D01
6229 GT Maastricht
The Netherlands

Contact person: Robbin Grouwels
Phone: +31 (0)43 362 7008
Chamber of Commerce: 80853722

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