Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference


General eParticipation Track

eParticipation refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies to enhance political participation and citizen engagement. eParticipation is by definition a multidisciplinary field of study. Today, eParticipation is particularly timely and relevant in various contexts and in diverse environments, e.g. digital democracy; participatory public service design; use of open government data in eParticipation initiatives; use of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) by citizens, governments and civil servants; top-down and bottom-up eParticipation initiatives related to the economic and welfare issues, etc. 

The General eParticipation Track serves as an umbrella for all eParticipation-related topics except the special-topics track of Policy Modelling and Policy Informatics (which will launch its own Call for Papers). In particular, it also covers emerging and special topics in eParticipation research. 

Areas of focus and interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • eParticipation research including theories, methods, models and approaches; 
  • The role of social and mobile media and Web 2.0 in eParticipation; 
  • Transparency and open access for eParticipation
  • Design and co-creation of participatory public services; bottom-up innitiatives
  • Privacy, security and ethical considerations in eParticipation
  • Advances in eParticipation Domains: Online deliberation and discourse, participatory budgeting, eConsultation, ePolling, and eLegislation, eElectioneering, eCampaigning and eVoting; 
  • Advances in participatory policy making using policy modelling, simulation, impact assessment and visualisation methods and tools;
  • eParticipation and big data 
  • Smart cities and the role of citizens
  • Environmental Information Systems and citizen participation
  • The role of eParticipation in national and global crisis situations;
  • Comparative analyses of eParticipation practices; 
  • Impact assessment and public value considerations of eParticipation on real world decision making;
  • Digital literacy and its consequences for eParticipation;
  • eParticipation projects: design, implementation, evaluation, quality and impact



This track hosts two distinct formats of contributions: 

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in the IFIP ePart proceedings of Springer LNCS) 
  • Ongoing research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by IOS Press) 


Beyond the tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2015 conference also hosts: 

  • Posters (max. 2 pages), to be exposed along the welcome reception on Tuesday evening
  • Workshops and panels on pertinent issues, short abstracts (2 pages), and 
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages),

all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press.


Prior to the conference (that is, on Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31), a PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. Read more about the submission guidelines and review criteria on the conference website. 


** Special Issue **

A special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG - http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=IJEG) targeting eParticipation is scheduled after the conference. The authors of all accepted papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for publication in this special issue (after review). 


Important Dates

  • * Extended * March 31, 2015—Submission of papers 
  • April 15, 2015—Submission of workshop/panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions 
  • April 30, 2015—Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions for papers 
  • May 15, 2015 — Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels/posters/PhD colloquium contributions 
  • May 31, 2015—Camera-ready papers of completed research, of ongoing research/PhD colloquium papers, posters, workshop and panel descriptions



All papers should be submitted to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=egov2015 


Track Chairs

Efthimios Tambouris (lead), University of Macedonia, Greece

Øystein Sæbø, Agder University, Norway

Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK


Program Committee

Please check the conference website for an updated list.