COVID-19 Update: ESMC Postponed

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, travel within Europe by October and the ability to host large gatherings such as conferences remains uncertain. After careful consideration, the conference committee has taken the precautionary step of postponing the conference.


The World Social Marketing and the European Social Marketing Association hope that by postponing the event, we will be in a better position to bring together a greater number of social marketing professionals to share ideas, research and best practice in the field.?

ESMC postponed until 20th-22nd October, with a second Call for Papers in 2021

The conference will still be held in Thessaloniki at the Met hotel, with pre-conference workshops now help on 20th of October 2021, with the conference being held 21st – 22nd October 2021. With the understanding that research and projects in this space are ever evolving, there will be a second Call for Papers early next year. Reviews from the current Call for Papers ?will still be completed and an early version of the program will be released.

Dates of future ESMC and WSMC also impacted

In line with other professional events in our field, this date change will have a permanent impact on the dates for future European Social Marketing Conferences and future World Social Marketing Conferences. Please mark your calendars with the following updated dates:

5th European Social Marketing Conference
Where:??? Thessaloniki, Greece
When:???? 20th- 22nd October, 2021

7th World Social Marketing Conference
Where:??? Colombia
When:???? May/June, 2022

6th European Social Marketing Conference
Where:??? Slovenia
When:???? September 2023

8th World Social Marketing Conference
Where:??? TBD
When:???? May/June 2024

Opportunities for virtual connection

In the meantime we are looking at opportunities to ensure that social marketers are able to share, learn and connect. Please follow us on social or sign up for our newsletter for more information on this, and other relevant updates.

We look forward to seeing you again soon. Until then, stay safe. ?

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