Conference Organisers:

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12 - 14 July 2021

Conference theme:

Social Sustainability


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


Sponsored by:

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  


The 13th – 14th International Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Conference (EDI) will take place on 12-14 July 2021 in Bern, Switzerland, and the call for submissions is now open (EDI). Thus far, we have 19 streams to which you may submit your papers, but more streams will be added during the course of November and December. The deadline for the submission of new stream and workshop proposals is 10 December 2021. Proposals must be thematically different from the streams and workshops already accepted, and they will be added on a rolling basis until this date. Stream and workshop proposals should be submitted to the conference chair, Thomas Köllen, at


The Covid-19 pandemic remains a considerable concern across the globe. However, we remain confident that we can return to calmer waters, as it were, next spring, and that, regardless of the availability of vaccines, we will be able to come together again next summer in Bern. In response to potential travel restrictions from universities and home countries, we will offer the possibility of online participation, via Zoom, in addition to the on-site conference. The reduced registration fee for online participation will be €145 (€95 for doctoral students), and participants will be able to change their in-person participation to an online-only participation up until two weeks before the conference takes place (that is, until 30 June 2021). They will then receive a refund of the overpaid amount, compared to the regular fee of €395 (€195).   

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. Please process your registration and paper submission online via EDI.

Your submissions should be adjusted to meet the formal standards of either the Journal "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" or the "Journal of Business Ethics".

Reflecting the multilingual nature of Switzerland, this year's EDI conference includes three streams in the most widely-spoken official languages of the country: one in German, one in French, and one in Italian. These streams welcome papers written in the respective language on any issue related to equality, diversity, and inclusion. The sessions within each of these streams will then be organized around the thematic vicinities of the submissions.

Paper presentations at the conference will be a maximum of 15 minutes long, with 15 minutes for questions and discussion. If stream chairs are willing to allow different formats, they will notify you personally. Video projectors will be available in each conference room.

You will receive notification regarding acceptance or rejection of your submission by 10 April 2021 at the latest. Every paper accepted for EDI 2020 is automatically also 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.   

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.