For the very first time in history and as an innovation of ICA 2018, the congress program will also include a variety of virtual formats on dedicated topics.

As part of the Virtual ICA 2018, a selection of presentations and highlights from the convention center in Berlin will be broadcasted live via internet. In addition to that, the Virtual ICA 2018 will also offer special online sessions. These sessions consist of three modules and combine a live presentation – either held live on stage in Berlin or presented as an independent webcast  –  with self-study materials in the preliminary preparation module as well as a Question & Answer webcast in the subsequent session module.

— The Call for Papers for the Virtual ICA 2018 is now closed! —

Information for Authors

The Scientific Committee, with the corresponding subcommittees supported by the IAA section committees, is currently reviewing all submissions and deciding on the composition of the congress program. All authors will be notified if their submissionshave been accepted or denied by November 2017.

Authors can enter the submission tool via this link:

Timeline Call for Papers

  • 31 July 2017: Submission deadline
  • November 2017: Notification of the authors about final decision
    • general scientific program onsite and online
    • ICA 2018 Best Paper Awards
    • IAA Sections Best Paper Awards
  • 19 November 2017: Publication provisional congress program

Online Sessions

The online sessions of the Virtual ICA 2018 consist of three modules. These modules add up to more than four hours of CPD.


During the preparation module, the lecturer introduces the participants to the fundamentals of the central topic and explains special aspects in greater depth, which are relevant for the actual live presentation. The underlying motivation is to prepare the participants well in order to maximize the benefit they gain from the presentation. Everyone who has participated in the first module will be able to fully understand the live presentation of the second module. Materials provided by the speakers are self-study material and further presentations as well as recorded sessions (videotaped presentations with oral explanations). Links to related papers or other literature enable participants to further study any aspects they are interested in.


Because the audience will have been prepared by the preliminary module, the live presentation in the central module offers the possibility to focus on the most interesting results and to spend more time on examples illustrating the underlying theory. Furthermore, conducting the live presentation as a webcast independently of the congress schedule in Berlin allows a timetable that also suits participants living in different time zones.


The same holds true for the Question & Answer webcast. As it takes place three to four days after the live presentation, participants are able to let the content sink in and submit written questions for the webcast. In addition, this  enables the  speakers to prepare the answers accordingly and to give a comprehensive explanation during the webcast

Scheme Online Session

Module 1

Preparation phase with self-study materials

  • Presentations
  • Articles
  • Recorded Sessions
  • Links to further materials

Weeks 1 and 2

Module 2

Broadcast of live presentation

  • Live stream from Berlin or
  • Independent webcast

Week 3

Module 3

Question & Answer webcast

  • Webcast with speakers and other participants

Week 4