Call For Submissions

Submit a proposal – now closed

The call for proposals for IWMW 2019, which takes place 25-27 June at the University of Greenwich, officially closed on 17 February 2010.

About IWMW

The annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) event is the premier annual conference for those with responsibilities for providing institutional web services and other digital channels.

Key dates

18 December 2018 Online submission process opens
8 February 2019 Phase 1 of the call for submissions closes
17 February 2019 Call for submissions closes
1 March 2019 We’ll contact you about your submission
7 March 2019 Conference programme published

Who can submit a proposal?

We welcome submissions from anyone involved in HE digital services, both from institutions and vendors and agencies working with HE teams.

We especially encourage submissions from early career professionals and first-time speakers looking to make their conference debut.

Speaker benefits

  • Reduced conference ticket rate (includes full conference attendance and accommodation)
  • Feedback from our Advisory Group and access to our speaker guidelines handbook to help get your session in top shape
  • The option (for plenary speakers) to have a video recording of your session which you can share with your colleagues, peers – and potential future employers!
  • A great addition to your CV and chance to represent your institution/company to the UK HE sector
  • A supportive audience keen to learn from you and to add to your professional network

Crafting your proposal

Keep these in mind when writing up your submission:


The conference attracts a broad range of attendees involved in HE digital services across all skill levels, including:

  • managers of web and digital services
  • web developers
  • digital content, communications and marketing practitioners
  • senior managers engaging with Digital Transformation initiatives at their institution
  • vendors and agencies which deal with institutional web and digital teams

Session types

There are two main session types at IWMW:

  • Plenaries: talks delivered to all conference delegates
  • Workshops: breakout sessions to teach a small group of attendees a skill in an interactive way

This year we are also open to suggestions for new ways to delivering content. We encourage you submit proposals that either introduce us to new session types or revive some ones we’ve tried in the past.

Read the recent blog post on the different session types you can submit a proposal for.

Theme: Times They Are A-Changin’

Your session proposal should tie in to this year’s conference theme: Times They Are A-Changin’.

In the HE digital world, we’ve faced many changes over the last decade.

We’re moving beyond:

  • websites – now we’re responsible for a variety of digital products and services
  • visual content – we’re looking into voice and chatbot interfaces
  • editorial style guides – these are now part of our larger content strategies to plan how we deliver our messages and who we deliver them to
  • management – our digital services are well-governed and user-oriented
  • business and senior management needs – we’re building products and services that are user-centred and strive to create an excellent user experience
  • siloed operations – we’re trying to tear down walls (both technical and organisational) in our institutions and sector to foster greater collaborative styles of working

Not to mention changes outside the digital world – Brexit!

At IWMW 2019, we want to hear about how change impacts your work:

  • What opportunities and success stories has change brought about?
  • What challenges have you faced and what lessons have your learned?
  • How do you manage change?
  • What needs to change that hasn’t yet?
  • How can we prepare for changes that are yet to come?

In addition to answering these questions, we continue to welcome proposals which aim to share best practices for mainstream web and digital management activities.

Submit your proposal