Conference Organisers:

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12 - 14 July 2021

Conference theme:

Social Sustainability


Indicative framework for the processing of papers by stream chairs

The conference chair of this year’s conference is Thomas Köllen. He is contactable at


Deadlines for paper submissions

Submissions to the conference (i.e. to the streams) can be in the form of long abstracts (up to 1500 words), developmental papers (3000-5000 words, including references) or full papers (no length restrictions) by the deadline of

1 March 2021. All submissions will be subjected to peer review, organized by stream chairs.

The authors will be informed about the acceptance or rejection of their submission on April 10, 2021, at the very latest.

Best paper nominations, and submission of best papers to the relevant associated journal (as agreed by submitter) will take place on May 18, 2021.

The review process of the best papers by partner journals is completely under the complete supervision of the chief-editors of the relevant journals, and is independent from the conference dates.

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13th-14th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference

12 -14 July 2021

IOP, University of Bern, Switzerland


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Also, The Journal Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion will sponsor the best paper award for the 2021 EDI Conference in Bern for USD 200 plus Emerald books


Conference theme 2021:

Social Sustainability

Call for Papers

It is with a very heavy heart that we have made this decision. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we are following the advice of the Swiss government, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and postponing the EDI 2020 conference.

In the past, personal contact during the conference has been a crucial pre-condition for establishing the character of the conference as a platform for rekindling previous acquaintances and friendships, and creating new networks, and, along with this, for building and maintaining a strong diversity research community in a mutually supportive and collaborative atmosphere. We have therefore decided, that rather than 'going virtual', with EDI 2020 we would rather postpone it, by one year.

EDI 2021 will take place in Bern from Monday 12 July 2021, to Wednesday 14 July 2021.

Our intention is to maintain the same conference theme, and we would also like to retain the existing streams and workshops. The stream-chairs will continue to accept papers until 10 April, and every paper accepted for EDI 2020 will also be accepted for EDI 2021, no matter whether it has been published in the meantime or not. Of course, authors are free to withdraw their submissions, should they so wish, or to submit new papers for the EDI 2021 conference.   

In the same way, the chairs are also welcome to redevelop their streams and workshops. Should stream chairs not wish to chair their streams in 2021, we will distribute the papers accepted for their stream to other streams with a topical vicinity, or to Stream 1. Furthermore, we will also put out a new call for stream proposals towards the end of the summer, to allow new proposals to be submitted. We will then only accept streams and workshops that are thematically different from the ones already in place.

There will be no increase in conference charges for 2021, and the 50% discount for stream and workshop chairs will remain. In case you have already paid the charges, we can maintain this booking for the EDI 2021 conference next year. However, if you would like to request a refund, please contact  

We cannot thank the stream and workshop chairs enough for their contribution to the EDI conference so far. At the present time, it is not easy to foresee how the next few weeks and months will unfold, especially as we draw closer to the peak of the infection rate. We wish you all the best in coping with these unprecedented events, and hope, most sincerely, that you and the ones who are close to you stay healthy, sane, and sanguine. Let us hope, that in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion, the good that may come from this global crisis will be a contribution to overcoming the dividing lines between and within our societies, instead of deepening them.

Take care, look after yourselves, and we greatly look forward to seeing you in July 2021 in Bern.

Best wishes

Thomas Köllen

Publication partnerships of EDI 2021 Bern conference

Associated with this conference are European Management Review; Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: An International Journal, and The European Journal of Industrial Relations. Outstanding, pre-selected papers for the conference will be submitted to these journals, which will then process them, according to their usual standards.

We are also pleased to advise stream organizers that two series of books are also associated with the conference, “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work” (an ongoing book series from Emerald), edited by Mustafa Özbilgin, and “Diversity and Inclusion Research” (a new book series from Springer), edited by Thomas Köllen. Relevant stream proposals will be eligible for these book series, subject to acceptance by the respective editors, both of whom will attend the conference.