PIConf 2021

Challenges for a Global Higher Education:

Digitalisation, Open Science, and Bioethics

Online conference, 29-30 October, 2021

About Conference

PIC International Conference invites PhD students, young researchers, academics, ‎as well as practitioners from different countries to discuss current issues in the area of social science. The conference will follow interdisciplinary approach focusing mainly on the topics of education, e-learning, law, bussines, economy, social inclusion as well as sustainable development. Click HERE for conference leaflet.

Conference Aims

2021 PIC International Online Conference aims to encourage discussion about topics related to Higher Education, Digitalisation, Open Science, and Bioethics. It‎ challenges also the topics of multicultural societies also from the aspects of economy and coexistence, especially in EuroMed region. The rational for the conference is based on the assumption that information technology, ethics, and multiculturalism are important factors of the higher education, as well as economic prosperity, especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemics.  


Online Conference


29-30 October 2021, Friday & Saturday


Organizers of ‎the conferences are Pegaso International Malta and UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, European Center for Bioethics and Quality of Life, with technical support by Dermol Digital Business Solutions, Slovenia.

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Conference Schedule

Friday, October 29

15.00 - 15.45

Conference opening and welcome addresses

16.00 - 18.00

Panel Discussion: Open Science and Intelectual Property: the Challenges of Digital and Global Higher Education

18.00 - 19.30

Workshop on Research Methodology (for PhD students)

Note: all times CET (Central European)

Current conference time:

Saturday, October 30

9.00 - 10.00

Project Dissemination Session and Networking Opportunities

10.00 - 12.00

Welcome to the Panel Discussion: UNESCO World Bioethics Day 2021

Panel Discussion: Informed Consent and its Ethical Dimensions in Medicine and Research

12.30 - 13.45

Concurrent sessions 1

14.00 - 15.15

Concurrent sessions 2

15.30 - 16.45

Concurrent sessions 3

17.00 - 17.45

Rector's Address for POU PhD students

18.00 - 19.15

Workshop on publishing opportunities (for PhD students)

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 20 September 2021

Notification of acceptance: within 10 days after submission 

The abstracts will be double-blind reviewed.

Payment of the registration fee: after registration, but before the conference dates. For attendance of the publishing workshops, the corresponding fee has to be paid in advance. Only online payment is possible.

Registration for those without an abstract/presentation and who are not registered for publishing workshops is not necessary, but appreciated. In such cases, no registration fee needs to be paid.

Registration Fees 2021

Regular Prices

180 EUR – Academics with presentation

140 EUR – Ph.D. Students with presentation

70 EUR – Participation at one or both publishing workshops (payment is mandatory for all who wish to attend; the fee has to be paid in advance). 

Note: when registering for the conference or submitting the abstract, please provide us with the information about the payment status (student, academic, workshops).

For each abstract submission, 1 conference fee should be paid, regardless of the number of authors / co-authors.  

Members of the panels and invited guests do not pay the conference fee.

There is no fee for just attending the panels, without submitting the abstract.

Prices until 30.9.2021 (Early-Bird Prices)

150 EUR – Academics with presentation

110 EUR – Ph.D. Students with presentation

70 EUR – Participation at one or both publishing consultations and workshops (payment is mandatory for all who wish to attend; the fee has to be paid in advance). 

Publishing Opportunities

Abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

Authors should register and submit the abstract via conference submission system (click Register now).

The length of an abstract should be between 200 and 250 words. The content of an abstract should include information about the theoretical background, the aim of study, the research methods, and the central findings with implications.

Please DO NOT structure the abstract (i.e. no subtitles in the abstract!)

The conference proceedings will be published online under the terms of Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ ). It will be freely and permanently accessible online two weeks after the conference.

The authors are invited to submit full papers to the International Journal of Management, Knowledge, and Learning. Papers must be submitted to the journal submission system where all the submissions will be double-blind reviewed.

Besides that, following journals also support the conference:

How to Submit an Abstract

First, you should create your account by clicking Register & Submit.

After filling in the requested data, you will be requested to activate your account by clicking the appropriate link in the e-mail that will be sent to you and creating your password.

After you have created your account, login into the system by clicking Register & Submit and entering the email/username and the password that you defined when you created your account.

Submit your abstract in the submission form available in your account page. Also, fill in all the fields with the requested data.

Submissions should be in English.

Important note: To revise and correct your abstract after receiving the reviews, please edit the abstract with the corresponding ID number (do NOT submit a new abstract and do NOT register under a new username).

Guidelines for Presenters at Online Sessions

The guidelines for presenters are available here. Please read them carefully.

You can either present your abstract live or with a pre-recorded video presentation. In either case, live attendance of the session is required to enable quality discussion.

Video presentation can be recorded with PowerPoint. This short instructional video presents how the narration may be done, here you can find additional instruction on how to do it.

Preferably, video presentation should be exported as .mp4 video file or  .ppsx Powerpoint file (see more information). The files with presentations should be uploaded to Google Drive available here.

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