Call for Applications to Host International Data Week 2021 or 2023

The founding organisations wish for International Data Week to become a biennial meeting place for the global data community. We are therefore inviting proposals to host the third and fourth editions of this exciting event in September/October/November 2021 and 2023 respectively.

The primary objective of the conference is to bring together a large and representative part of the global data community. IDW 2016 and 2018 were huge successes and we want to continue that trajectory and increase impact. These are important times in the world of data and we seek local partners and a venue that will help us communicate that buzz.

International Data Week is a global and inclusive event. The organisers are keen to engage with cities and countries where we have not held an IDW or related meeting before. The organisers encourage proposals from the global South; proposals from the global North should show how they will work with the organisers to maximise participation from LMICs. Wherever the proposal comes from it will be important to demonstrate how the partnership will advance to missions of the founding organisations, ensure the impact of IDW and enhance membership and engagement with the three organisations.

Applications should demonstrate that local hosts have access to a suitable venue; strong support from local organisations and government; good connections to universities, industry, and research organisations in the country and region; and solid financial support.

We envision IDW 2021 and 2023 as four-day events that integrate the activities of a SciDataCon international conference and an RDA Plenary Meeting. Each IDW is expected to include both research sessions and focused working meetings, as well as broad plenary sessions of general interest. The days before and after each event will be set aside for the business and governance meetings of CODATA, RDA, and WDS, and potentially other co-located meetings.


Application Deadline

Applications should be sent by email to all of the IDW founding organisation representatives listed below no later than 28th October 2019 in electronic format based on the details and template available in the IDW Guidelines document.

Applications should be addressed to:

Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director at
Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, at
Rorie Edmunds, WDS Acting Executive Director, at