information and agenda

Important Due Dates:

  • Abstract submission January 15, 2021
  • Notification of abstract acceptance January 22, 2021
  • Full paper submission for review March 7, 2021
  • Notification of review results May 8, 2021
  • Final paper submission June 15, 2021 (For logistic reasons, it will not be possible to accept papers after this date)

Topics (categories, themes, areas): To be specified at Abstract Submission


The positive developments of the pandemic situation in Italy (national average RT index 0.81 and a total of 22 million people vaccinated, 12 millions of which have received both doses) allows us to reformulate the hybrid ECOS 2021 organization:

  1. June 28, 29, 30 will be reserved to on-line presentations;

  2. July 1 and 2 will be devoted to on-site presentations;

  3. Attendance on site will be permitted to participants upon presentation of a vaccination certificate (in original, signed and stamped by the responsible authorities) and/or a medical statement of immunity (either signed and stamped by an accredited physician in the Country of origin of the attendee or issued by an Italian Medical Authority). In either case, all guests must provide a valid COVID test in order to join the conference. This information will be updated according to the evolution of the pandemic, please contact COMETA to receive the most updated information. All sessions will be held in accordance with the prescriptions of the Italian Authorities (minimal distance between attendees, sanification of the rooms, etc.). Attendees are strongly encouraged to consult the latest regulations on the Italian Health Ministry site (the document is in English):, a copy of which will be available on the ECOS’21 website;

  4. The Invited Lectures will be rescheduled in such a way that they can be followed live both in Europe (GMT+1), the US (GMT-6) and Japan (GMT+9). We are also studying the possibility of recording the three invited speeches and making them available to registered attendees;

  5. The Scientific Committee meeting will be rescheduled (on July 2, most likely around 13.30 local time) and will take place in a hybrid mode as well: attendees in a sanitized room will interact with on-line SC members for the entire duration of the meeting;

  6. Registration fees have been updated as well. The fee includes 2 coffee breaks, lunch and dinner on July 1 and 2. The Social dinner (july 1) is thus included in the fee (non-registered guests will need to purchase a ticket though). Registration information is posted under the sub-heading “Registration” on the page “Call for Papers”

  7. Graduate students (including Doctoral candidates who have not yet defended their thesis) will pay a substantially reduced fee upon presentation of a valid student card;

  8.  The Hotel hosting the Conference is the UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia (, and offers preferential rates to ECOS participants. Reservations are mandatory: instructions are posted on the page “Location” on the ECOS’21 website

  9. The social program has been reduced from the originally established schedule: a preliminary program for the excursions and other possible extra-conference activities will be available at the registration desk that will open at 15.00 on June 30. Our staff at the desk will also assist registered persons for last-minute registration to the excursions, change of schedule etc.;

  10. The registration deadlines have been extended to allow perspective participants to select their preferred option. Please check the website for the registration procedures, Conference program, Hotel reservations and Social Program: we shall continuously update it as long as the situation evolves.

We shall do our best to ensure that ECOS 2021 will maintain the high standards of the Conference series in spite of the objectively difficult logistics. See you in Taormina!

The Organizers,

Yoshiharu Amano, Brian Elmegaard, Enrico Sciubba


The Organizers,

Yoshiharu Amano, Brian Elmegaard, Enrico Sciubba


The Conference week:

Paper Presentations:

June 28, 29, 30: All sessions reserved to on-line presentations. Detailed Program will be posted after June 15;
July 1 and 2: Parallel sessions reserved to on-site participants. If necessary, an extra session will be reserved again to on-line presentations. Detailed Program will be posted after June 15;

Keynote Lectures:

(all Lectures will be recorded and will be available for registered participants)

June 28, 9.00: Opening Ceremony (virtual mode, broadcasted live from Taormina)
June 29, time tba: Invited Lecture #1, (virtual mode, broadcasted live from Taormina)
June 30, time tba: Invited Lecture #2, TBA (virtual mode, broadcasted live from Taormina)
July 1, time tba: Invited Lecture #3, TBA (virtual mode, broadcasted live from Taormina)

ECOS SC Meeting:

June 30, 13.00, hybrid mode (participation possible both in presence and on-line)

Social Program:

July 1 and 2: Excursions to nearby Archeological sites – Schedule depends on participation (limit 15 persons)
July 1, 20.00: Social Dinner, closing address by Organizers, presentation of ECOS 2022 (Copenhagen)

UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia

Price for ECOS participants (per night, breakfast included):

Twin € 122,00Dus € 115,00*

Reservations must be made ONLY online at:

(please make specific reference to ECOS 2021 when accessing site)

Above discounted prices are valid for reservations completed on or before 18.06.21 and for a 3 nights minimum stay. There will be an additional City Tax of 2 € per person per night (children under 14 yr of age exempt).

Please check Hotel site for further details