The world and also the worldwide TEI community are facing the various professional and personal consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. Since the current crisis obviously also impacts the organization of the TEI2021 conference, the chairs and the steering committee are committed to adapt their planning in order to make the event a success even under these challenging circumstances. Therefore TEI2021 will currently stay on course with the planning of the conference in Salzburg, while closely observing the health and travel regulations as well as possible political or financial constraints for the community.

In a first step the program chairs have opened the core contribution types of the call for papers to meet the changed research situation during the current phase of social distancing. TEI2021 papers will therefore encourage theory, methods, empirical studies and artifacts, and the submission deadlines have been split into an earlier abstract submission on July 24th with the final papers due on August 7th 2020.

While we already can observe a relief of the first wave of the epidemic in central Europe, the future developments are still hard to estimate based on the current information. Independently of a second epidemic wave, larger gatherings such as our conference will be most likely affected by health regulations and travel restrictions until the availability of a vaccine. Therefore we are of course also considering possible alternative scenarios of a online or hybrid conference format in order to ensure the participation of everyone!

In addition to the presentation of research papers, TEI2021 will still provide a variety of alternative submission formats, such as pictorials, work-in-progress, studios, exhibitions and the graduate student consortium. The actual form of presentation will depend on the physical and virtual circumstances, and will be announced in the according calls.