Gateways 2021 will be October 19-21.

Science gateways are end-to-end solutions with easy-to-use interfaces enabling the application of complex research infrastructures such as computing and data infrastructures, instruments, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. They may also be known as portals, virtual research environments, eScience, virtual labs, eResearch, digital repositories, or research cyberinfrastructure.

Gateways 2021 is planned as an opportunity to influence the vision and mission of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), the gateways community, and the Gateways Conference series. It will offer diverse options for sharing work and networking in the community. The format includes tutorial sessions, panels, presentations in the form of lightning talks, and working sessions.

Relevant topics for submissions

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks, and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive, collaborative communities
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows, and tools
  • Software engineering approaches for scientific work
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability
  • AI and ML for science gateways
  • Social research on science gateways
  • Use cases and lessons learned from science gateways 

Presentation Options

All contributions will be subject to standard peer review on quality and relevance, which will decide acceptance of a lightning talk or tutorial. Abstracts and tutorials must not exceed 500 words and may include a diagram. Abstracts and tutorials will be published in Zenodo.

All submissions were due September 22, 2021. Acceptance notifications will be sent on September 30, 2021.

Abstracts for lightning talks and working sessions

We invite the submission of abstracts related to science gateways. 

In particular, we encourage submissions from application scientists and community members reporting their experiences with science gateways, requirements for future gateways, and visions for technologies.

Submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a working session. Presenters of a lightning talk will be given a 10-minute time slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) to provide a summary and update to their work. Working sessions will be 45 minutes long.


Tutorials will receive slots of 90 minutes or 3 hours. A 3-hour tutorial will be presented in two 90-minute segments with a 30-minute break in the middle. Topics can include hands-on gateway-building techniques, gateway management issues, community-building activities, or the use of a specific tool. 

Please specify: (a) your proposed tutorial length, (b) recommended skill level (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) and prerequisites (e.g., familiarity with specific software or technologies), and (c) the technology and/or software requirements necessary for someone to participate in the tutorial (e.g., do they need to install software or create an account before the tutorial?).

Instructions for submissions

All submissions were due by September 22, 2021.

Step 1: Prepare your submission.

Abstracts and tutorials must not exceed 500 words and may include a diagram.

Please use this template.

Save your file in PDF format.

Step 2: Upload your PDF submission.

Submission of all presentations is through EasyChair:

You will need to include the following information when you submit:

  • Title
  • Authors (including email and affiliation)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (maximum of 500 words)

 You will also be able to revise your abstract or upload an updated PDF until the September 22, 2021 submission deadline.

Step 3: Relax and wait until the review process is over.

Notification of acceptance will be sent on September 30, 2021.

It is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted submission attends the conference. 

Please let us know if you have questions.