SOUPS 2021 Call for Workshops and Beyond

The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021) will be co-located with the 30th USENIX Security Symposium and will be held as a virtual event on August 8–10, 2021.

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

  • Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Final workshop CFP due date for workshop organizers: Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Workshop final papers due: Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Tutorials and Workshops Co-Chairs

Katharina Krombholz, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, University of Waterloo

Tutorials and Workshops Junior Co-Chair

Imani Sherman, University of Florida


The Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) features a day of pre-symposium events, such as workshops, tutorials, hackathons, and beyond to support exploration and networking related to topics of interest to the usable privacy and security community. We invite you to submit a proposal to organize a full- or half-day event on Sunday, August 8, 2021, as part of SOUPS 2021.

Pre-symposium events enable attendees with shared interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. We are looking for proposals for any types of events beyond the main track:

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be emailed to Please include the following items in your submission:

  • Title of Event
  • List of Organizers (including affiliations and contact information)
  • Event Type (workshop, tutorial, hackathon/design-a-thon, or exhibitions, interactivity, and beyond)
  • Event Length (half day, full day, or full day but could work as half day)
  • Description (maximum of 500 words): Describe the event's goal, scope, format (i.e., will you solicit submissions via a CFP or will attendees be engaged in other ways), and structure; for established workshops: please provide links to previous events.
  • Abstract (200 words): abstract promoting the event to be posted on the SOUPS website
  • Preliminary list of PC members: a list of PC members the organizers plan to recruit (if needed)
  • Promotional strategy: How do you plan to attract participants for your online event?
  • Draft CFP (PDF): Upload a draft of your call for papers, if applicable.
  • Sample agenda: How do you plan to structure the event? Include planned sessions, etc.
  • Online strategy: Describe your plan for running the virtual event, e.g., selected platforms, synchronous and asynchronous components, and how you will deal with time zone issues. Organizers will be responsible for managing their own technology in support of the event.

Upon Acceptance of Your Event

Please note the following milestones which must be met for all SOUPS workshops, tutorials, and events:

  • Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Thursday, March 18, 2021.
  • Organizers will have until Thursday, April 1, 2021, to submit their final workshop/tutorial/event descriptions to be posted on the SOUPS website. Workshop organizers will submit their Call for Papers/Participation on the same date. Organizers are encouraged to create a website for their accepted event and include the URL address in their Call for Participation/description for the SOUPS website.
  • Solicit Contributions and Potential Participants: While some organizers may choose alternate formats, for events accepting paper submissions, workshop papers are typically 2–4 pages long. Workshop paper submissions (if applicable) should be due no later than Thursday, May 27, 2021.
  • Final acceptances for workshop papers must be completed by Friday, June 11, 2021.
  • Events Website: Accepted papers will not be posted on the USENIX website to avoid confusion with archival papers and encourage more informal or experimental workshops and beyond formats. Event organizers are required to create an event website to which the SOUPS website will link. Event organizers can then decide to post accepted papers and other event materials before the event date on their own website.
  • Publicize Your Event: Organizers of accepted workshops and beyond events must set up and maintain their own website in which they provide further and updated information about their workshop. The workshops and beyond page will be linked from the official SOUPS webpage. In order to have a successful and well-attended workshop, we recommend that you post your call for participation early and widely (e.g. publicize on social media and on relevant mailing lists).


For questions or to discuss the suitability of a workshop or tutorial idea please contact the workshop chairs at