IEEE Global Communications Conference
7–11 December 2021 // Madrid, Spain // Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference
Connecting Cultures around the Globe

Call For Spotlight Talk Proposals

In addition to exciting technical symposia, tutorials, industry panels and exhibitions, IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 will feature a series of focused “spotlight” presentations and invites submission of proposals. The aim of the spotlight presentation is to present a technology that is currently moving from the academic and research area into the mainstream of communications network and technology deployment in a manner that is accessible to those in industry who need to start absorbing and applying this technology. The spotlight talk can also serve as a vehicle to educate one branch of the academic family on a significant emerging technology from another area that may impact their research.
Given the goal of the spotlight talk, its duration will be short compared to a tutorial, around 45 minutes, and the format should leave room for, and encourage, audience questions and feedback. We encourage industry/academic pairing (or something equivalent) of presenters if it enables a balanced view of this emerging technology.


Each spotlight proposal (maximum 5 pages) must include (please follow the following order in your proposal):

  • Title of the talk.
  • Presenters (names, affiliation and contact information). Multiple presenters with a diverse background in the technology is preferred.
  • Scope and topic of the presentation (max 1/2 page).
  • Rationale (max 1/2 page). Brief description of how the presentation will be a Spotlight talk. This rationale should identify several aspects such as: 
    1. Evidence that this technology is emerging from research into development. For instance, standardization, or early deployment.
    2. Why the topic should be of interest to many in industrial development and why a more general understanding of this technology will benefit progress in the communications industry more generally.
    3. Why the presentation may attract a large number of attendees.
    4. Evidence that a more general understanding of this technology is lacking and needed. For instance due to a lack of some fundamental mathematical background, or other skillset gap, amongst engineers.
    5. Evidence that a better understanding of this technology by researchers outside of this field will enable new research in other areas.
    6. How is this technology beginning to be used and how will its use grow with time?
  • A short biography of the presenters (up to 200 words).
  • Planned format of the presentation, including
    • Length of presentation, we suggest 30 minutes of material and 15 minutes of audience participation.
    • Opportunity for audience feedback and how this will be enabled and encouraged
    • Manner in which difficult new concepts will be conveyed to those new to this technology.
    • Unique, creative and novel formats are strongly encouraged. This is not just a “lecture”.
  • If prior presentations on this topic exist that try to expose this technology to a broader audience, this proposal should be contrasted and the benefit of including it in Globecom 21 clarified.


A spotlight proposal should be submitted to the IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 Spotlight Committee at .
Proposals that address emerging topics in creative formats that generate lively interactions among participants are highly encouraged. Given the importance of educating the community in these topics, spotlight presentation videos will be added to the IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 video repository for future viewing.


  • Proposal Submission Deadline: June 10th, 2021
  • Proposal Acceptance Notification: July 25th, 2021
  • Slides Submission: November 15th, 2021

Please address proposals and questions to Alan Gatherer.