Submit a Session

Drupal enthusiasts are invited to learn from each other and work collaboratively to drive the project forward on the designated day!

We invite people from all backgrounds and areas of expertise to submit.


Important Dates to Remember

May 18, 2021 – Call for papers opens  
June 28, 2021 – End of call for papers  
July 5, 2021 – End of call for papers (extended deadline) 11.59pm CEST 
July 26, 2021 – Paper selection 
July 27, 2021 – Authors' notifications
August 6, 2021 – Pre-program 
August 31, 2021 – DrupalCon Europe 2021 program 

2021 Conference Tracks: Serving Drupal's Personas

DrupalCon’s overall programming is now many conferences in one. The conference you participate in depends on who you are (your "persona") and how your role uses Drupal and the sessions you decide to attend. To see the various tracks please visit this page.

This track segmentation allows and encourages attendees to have a more targeted, well-spent time at DrupalCon, where they focus on topics specifically related to their persona. Attendees will also have many opportunities to come together in keynotes, social events, and the hallway track for cross-pollination, community building, and collaboration, which remain core benefits of attending DrupalCon.

When submitting your session, please don't neglect to select a tag/tags to assist with categorizing the content of your proposal. Acquaint yourself with the submission tags before beginning your submission.

Although submissions will be accepted for all tracks above, please submit a proposal to the track that will foster the most meaningful engagement for you and your audience. For example, a session about Drupal 9's Database Schema might not be very meaningful for the Agency + Business audience.

You can also download the slides (coming soon) and use it to spread the word about this year's theme.

What can be submitted?

• Sessions (20 minutes or 45 minutes)
• Panel discussions (45 minutes)
• Workshops (45 minutes or 2x45 minutes)

Please review the track descriptions and our list of topic areas, tags, to decide which topics you'd like to share your knowledge on.


What track should you submit to?

You are free to submit a session to any track, but, obviously, you have a much better chance of your session being accepted if it is in a track relevant to the session's main topic.

We may consult with you to move your session from one track to another.


Speaker Benefits

Speaking at a DrupalCon is considered a voluntary contribution to the Drupal project.

Although we do not financially compensate speakers for preparing a session submission or presenting a session, we are happy to offer one DrupalCon ticket per selected session. Note: if you are co-presenting with someone else, your session will still receive only one ticket, not two.

Speakers pay their own travel and lodging expenses incurred while traveling to and attending the conference.


Speaker Resources

We will do our very best to support you as a speaker. To this end, we offer:

  • Pre-submission mentoring - We know submitting a conference proposal can be intimidating, especially for newer speakers. To help you become a speaker, we encourage you to use the HelpMeAbstract to obtain feedback from veteran open source speakers.
  • Contact with the Selection Team - We encourage you to reach out to your Program Team. You can ask for their feedback on a part of your submission; ask a specific question about what they are looking for; ask about end goals of your session; etc.
  • First-Time Speaker Resources - Speaking at DrupalCon for the first time is exciting and fun, but it may come with some nerves. We will ask if this is your first time presenting at DrupalCon when you submit your session, and if it is, we’d like to support you by offering additional speaking resources, video calls with past speakers and trainers, and an open line of communication to ensure you feel comfortable and have a great session.
  • Support during the conference in the form of quiet spaces and networking with other speakers


Submission Requirements

Before submitting a session, we recommend that you read the following information: