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.

This is a decision which has not been taken lightly and is one which we feel has to be taken for the health of the event, all who attend and also in reflection of the continued disruption to every nation, sector and industry caused by the ongoing global pandemic.

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 6 - 8 April 2022, with a single day warm-up event in November 2021

The conference will be held in Thessaloniki at the Met hotel, with pre-conference workshops on 6 April 2022, and the main conference on 7 – 8 April 2022.  The final event programme will be announced in August 2021.

ESMC Warm-up Event & Opportunities for virtual connection

Join us for a single day "warm-up" event in Thessaloniki in November 2021 as we create a moment for the community to reconnect. This event will provide an opportunity to ensure that social marketers are able to share, learn and connect after such a difficult period for us all. The event will present a series of invited keynote speakers, case studies and panel sessions outside of the planned main event programme in April 2022, and will also be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.

Final details are being confirmed and further information regarding registration and the event programme will be released in July 2021. Please follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter for more information on this, and other relevant updates.

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:

ESMC Warm-up
Where:    Thessaloniki, Greece
When:     TBC, November, 2021
5th European Social Marketing Conference
Where:    Thessaloniki, Greece
When:     6 - 8 April, 2022

7th World Social Marketing Conference
Where:    Cali, Colombia
When:     August / September 2022

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

8th World Social Marketing Conference
Where:    TBD
When:     August / September 2024
We look forward to seeing you again soon. Until then, stay safe.  

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