ISTAS 2021 Invites Paper Submissions for October 28-31 Conference

By on June 9th, 2021 in Announcements, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

The 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) warmly invites full-paper, short-paper, and abstract-only submissions by the extended deadline of 13 July. This year’s conference will run as a virtual event from 28-31 October 2021 and the core theme is Technological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation. Visit for details about thematic areas, submission guidelines, and the paper template.


ISTAS21 is the flagship event of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology ( This interdisciplinary conference brings together researchers, engineers, policymakers, industry experts, students, and members of the public to foster dialogue about the social implications of technology and importance of responsibility during this period of unprecedented technological advancement. The program will include paper presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and more. In addition, the IEEE ETHICS-2021 conference will be held as a track within ISTAS21, focused on the theme of “Engineering and Corporate Social Responsibility.”


We are pleased to announce confirmed ISTAS21 keynotes Ron Diebert, Adam Greenfield, Safiya Noble, Shannon Vallor, and ETHICS-2021-track keynote Will Griffin! More info at:


Please address any conference-related questions to We look forward to seeing you at ISTAS21!


-Heather Love & Rozita Dara

ISTAS21 Conference Co-Chairs


The ISTAS 2021 website with all the details can be found HERE on the conference website, and the submission portals are officially open!

A contact form for any and all questions you may have can also be found on the website:.


2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21)

28-31 October 2021

A Virtual Conference hosted by the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on the Social Implications of Technology—the oldest society and conference of its kind.

ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS21 Theme: Technological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation

The 2021 IEEE ISTAS Conference Committee invites you to be part of this year’s flagship SSIT conference. Hosted as a hybrid event by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) from 28-31 October 2021, ISTAS21 will take place online, with select in-person, live-streamed activities in Waterloo—COVID-19 permitting.

Through partnerships with several organizations in the Waterloo/Guelph region, ISTAS21 will feature programming related to the following conference subthemes:

  • Health Systems
  • Privacy & Security
  • Artificial Intelligence & Automation
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Ethics & Technology

We hope you will join the ISTAS21 email list to receive periodic updates. Sign up here – your email address will not be shared further.

In addition, be sure to visit the ISTAS21 website for additional details about the Call for Papers, submission deadlines, speakers, registration, sponsorship/patronage opportunities, and more.

We hope to see you either in-person or virtually at this year’s conference in Waterloo. Thank you for your continued support of IEEE SSIT!

Heather Love and Rozita Dara, ISTAS21 Conference Co-Chairs