EFMI STC 2021 – Deadline for Full and Short papers extended for one week (until 6th August)

EFMI – Special Topic Conference (STC) 2021

22nd – 24th November 2021


The Conference was initially planned as face-to-face, to be held in Sevilla (Spain). However, due to current pandemics situation and travel restrictions, the Conference has been moved to online.

All accepted papers (full and short) will be published in the proceedings book and are candidates to be invited to submit a related paper to a Focus Theme in “Methods of Information in Medicine” journal.


Conference Theme

Applying the FAIR principles to accelerate health research in Europe in the post-Covid19 era

Conference topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Methods for the adoption of FAIR principles
  • Precision medicine FAIR-based
  • Artificial Intelligence in health FAIR data driven
  • Privacy and security aspects applying FAIR in health research
  • FAIR and Covid-19 (and other infective diseases) research data
  • FAIR on infrastructures and software
  • Metadata, ontologies and terminologies to support sharing of health research data
  • Paradigms to share health research data



Authors are invited to submit Full papers, Posters / Short communication papers, Panels and Workshops proposals in English presenting original and un-published research. All submissions will be subject to a peer-review process by independent reviewers.

All submissions must be formatted according to the IOS Press style for Studies in Health Technology and Informatics https://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors and have to be submitted through the conference online system at https://access.online-registry.net/stc2021.

The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to reject submissions that do not follow the IOS templates.


Full papers

Full papers should not exceed 5 pages. The full paper structure should be: Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements and References. The Abstract length must not exceed 300 words.


Posters / Short communication papers

Posters proposals or Short communication papers should not exceed 2 pages. Their structure should be the same as the one for full papers, but the Abstract could be omitted and proposed sections could be merged. In any case, Abstract length must not exceed 120 words.


Conference publication

Accepted full papers and posters/short communication papers will be published in the STC2021 proceedings by IOS Press as open access in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (https://www.iospress.nl/bookserie/studies-in-health-technology-and-informatics).


Focus Theme in “Methods of Information in Medicine” journal

Selected papers (full or short) will be invited to produce an extended paper, based on the paper published in STC2021, to be submitted for consideration of publication in a Focus Theme of the journal “Methods of Information in Medicine”. With respect to the STC2021 paper, the extended paper should be longer, more detailed, and with more results and discussions, so a rather different paper based on the first one. The Focus Theme will only contain papers from STC2021 authors. Dates and instructions for the submission process will be announced to the authors of the selected papers. “Methods of Information in Medicine” offers two separate submission tracks: a) print only, free of charge for articles with up to 22,000 characters, and b) open access with an APC fee of 1,650 € per article. Authors may choose their submission method of preference and the Focus Theme will be bundled online at the journal’s website.


Workshops and Panels

Workshop and Panel submissions should not exceed 3 pages. The structure of the proposals should be: Title, Proposers, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Organization of the Panel/Workshop, Objectives, Program, Participants, Intended outcome. The presented material will be uploaded in the EFMI website, if requested.

Key Dates

2021-06-04: Call for papers published

2021-07-19: Second Call for papers published

2021-07-27: Third Call for papers published

2021-07-30: (Original) Deadline for Full papers and Posters/Short papers submission

2021-08-06: EXTENDED DEADLINE for Full papers and Posters/Short papers submission

2021-09-03: Notification for acceptance of Full papers and Posters/Short papers

2021-09-17: Resubmission Deadline for Full Papers and Posters/Short papers

2021-09-03: Deadline for Workshops and Panels submission

2021-09-24: Notification for acceptance of Workshops and Panels


Scientific Program Committee

Jaime Delgado (Chair), UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)

Arriel Benis, HIT- Holon Institute of Technology, Holon (Israel)

Paula de Toledo, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid (Spain)

Paris Gallos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens (Greece)

Mauro Giacomini, University of Genoa, Genova (Italy)

Alicia Martínez-García, IBiS – Institute of Biomedicine of Seville, Sevilla (Spain)

Dario Salvi, Malmö University, Malmö (Sweden)


National Society’s Liaison and Organizer

Carlos Luis Parra-Calderón, IBiS – Institute of Biomedicine of Seville, Sevilla (Spain)





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EFMI Working Groups at STC2021

EFMI technical activities are organized into Working Groups, such as ODH (One Digital Health), THI (Translational Health Informatics), SSE (Security, Safety and Ethics), CHD (Citizen and Health Data) or EDU (Education). EFMI Conferences, such as STC2021, are a good opportunity to boost the work of WGs and get new members. STC2021 participants will be invited to join WG meetings organized around the Conference.