Call for Participation

Call for Participation
Photo Credit
Anne Barth/re:publica

The Call for Participation for re:publica 2024 is closed. Thanks a lot to everyone who submitted! We'll get back to you soon.


The deadline for our general call for participation was 15 January 2024, the CfP for the Science Year 2024 - Freedom ended on 22 February 2024. All submissions are currently in the curation process. You can check the status of your proposal in the Dashboard after logging in to the re:publica website.

We will inform you of the status of your submission from mid-March.

Quick guide to participation

  1. Create a profile on our website:
  2. Activate the registration link and login to your account:
  3. Go to your dashboard:
  4. Go to "Submit session" or "Click here for entry forms".
  5. Select a festival area: "Conference" or "Hands On" or "Off Stage".
  6. Fill in the CfP form

Once saved, you can view and edit your submission in the Dashboard. The programme team will then also be able to see it. You can edit it at any time up until the CfP deadline. 

Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found further down this page.


CfP Guidelines 


Please read the CfP FAQs carefully.

  • You will find answers to many of the questions you may have before, during or after submitting your proposal.


For us, this is what makes a good Science Year-CfP entry:

  • Relevance, being up to date, problem-solving, having a stance, opinionated: your submission should be convincing with a well thought-out concept and refer to the theme of freedom. re:publica participants and the programme team wish for content that deals with the challenges of our digital society, where we can learn something, be confronted with new perspectives and solutions, and be inspired. Or content that is simply fun. 
  • We want content - not pitches! Obvious advertising and marketing pitches will not be considered. This does not mean that our participants are not interested in the latest digital products and services. In case you would like to showcase your products, please contact our partner management to find out more about the many opportunities for your company or organisation to become a partner: 

We want to provide space for different perspectives and reflect diversity: That is why place prime importance on gender equality. We also aim to include perspectives from diverse backgrounds, age groups, religions, beliefs, sexual orientations and disabilities. Other aspects of diversity are also relevant, such as education, social status, marital status and income.



As part of the CfP you choose a festival area:


The re:publica conference programme includes all formats taking place on our stages: From panel discussions to talks to interactive roundtables.

Hands On

Whether it's a (hardware) workshop, making and tinkering, gardening with robots, live biohacking or a TikTok dance tutorial: our "Hands On" programme includes all sessions with a practical and participatory approach .

Off Stage

Flashmob, experiment, installation, pop-up happening, mixed reality, performance – and whatever else you can think of that can take place on the festival grounds beyond our stages. 



Decide on a session format from your respective festival area:



Talk on a specific topic.
1-2 speakers
30min / 60min incl. short Q&A

Lightning Talk

Short presentation providing insight into a topic, initiative or project and its background. 
1 speaker
15 min + 15 min Q&A


Dispute or dialogue, without host / moderation
2-3 speakers
45 min + 15 Q&A


Open format, casual get-together of the re:publica community with common area(s) of interest.
As many interested participants as possible (only ticket holder can submit a meetup).
60 min


Moderated discussion, giving an overview of various points of view and bundling knowledge.
2-3 speakers, 1 moderator/facilitator
45 min + 15 Q&A

Speak up!

Format offering a high level of interaction with participants: Fishbowl discussion, World Café, Speed Geeking 
2-4 Sprecher*innen, 1 Moderator*in
60 min

Hands On


Participants are actively engaged, practical activities are carried out.
1-2 workshop leaders
60, 90 or 120 mins


Presentation of your DIY /Maker project
1-2 makers, Possibility to participate or remake
1-3 Festival Days

Off Stage


Dance, yoga, wrestling, human pyramids - let’s get moving!
1-2 instructors
30, 60 oder 120 mins, may take place several times a day


Develop, try out or simply play an interactive game 
1-2 game guides, optional: 1 moderator/facilitator
30, 60 oder 120 mins 


Temporary artistic performance
30, 60 oder 120 mins, may take place several times a day


Temporary activity, partly interacting with participants in order to draw attention to an issue
30, 60 oder 120 mins, may take place several times a day

Special format

Have we forgotten something? You have something completely crazy in mind that doesn't fit into any of our categories? Then surprise us!


Then select a category (track) that matches your session:

  • Politics & Society
  • Education & Learning
  • Media & Public Spheres
  • Science & Technology
  • Economy & Work
  • Arts & Culture

Find out more about our tracks.


Step-by-step guide for profile registration and submission to the CfP

Step 1: Profile registration

a) If you already have a profile

b) If you are not yet registered 

  • Create your profile:
  • Enter a working email address.
  • Choose a profile name (we recommend a combination of first and last name).
  • Click on "Create a new account" and follow the instructions in the welcome message.
  • Activate the link in your email and click 'Register'.
  • Complete your profile, including the mandatory fields.
  • Save your information.

Step 2: Navigation after login

  • After logging in, you will be taken to the "Dashboard".
  • In the dashboard, you can find information about the CfP, read the CfP guidelines and access the FAQs.
  • You can also directly create a session or request support.

Step 3: Submit session

  • Click on 'Submit session' in the tab or 'Click here for entry forms' in the dashboard.
  • Select the festival area for your idea and click 'Submit session'.
  • Fill in the CfP form, especially the mandatory fields with a red asterisk (*).
  • Fill in all the required information such as title, abstract, description, tracks, format, language, speakers, moderator, experience, duration, comments and technical details.
  • Confirm that you have read the CfP guidelines.
  • Click “Save” to save your session.

Step 4: Add contributors

  • If your session has multiple contributors, they will need to each create a profile and enter their profile name.
  • In the CfP form, under "Participants", click "Add another item" and add the profile names.

Step 5: Log out

  • Finally, log out.

Please note that the session must be completed by the CfP deadline of 15 January 2024. Until then, you can log in and make changes at any time. Please use the following link:

Good luck with your Science Year 2024 entry!


Your final CfP checklist

 I have created and completed my profile on

 I have chosen a festival area (conference, hands on, off stage) and a programme category (track).

  I know the possible formats (talk, workshop, performance, etc.) and have chosen the one that suits my submission.

 I have read, understood and confirmed the CfP guidelines.

  All contributors have been invited, informed and confirmed.

You are ready - we look forward to your Science Year CfP submission!