COSAC 2021 CfP – Top 10 Things Worth Knowing


For COSAC 2021 the COSAC Call for Papers agenda selection process creates a unique and valuable programme. The process is extremely competitive and in recent years only 1 in 3 proposals made it to the final agenda. Here are the top ten things you should understand about the nature and benefits of the event before submitting a proposal to present:

Designed for Experience

The COSAC delegate typically has in excess 15 years of experience.  They appreciate skipping the time-wasting basics presented in other places: they have been there, done that, and in many cases invented the concept. The group should be treated as peers seeking mutual value rather than a traditional audience to be lectured.

Blind Selection

We take great pride in ensuring an open and fair selection process designed to eliminate all bias. Ten assessors rate the proposal exclusively on the value factors in the Call for Papers: Value to Practitioners of more than 15 years’ experience; timeliness; uniqueness; and approach. The COSAC agenda is selected ‘blind’. All identifying marks are removed such that only the Chair knows the identity of the proposer.

Highly Interactive

COSAC is not an event at which to expect an anonymous sea of faces. Expect to be enriched by a culture in which everyone has an experience worth sharing and an idea worth exploring. You will be interrupted. You will be challenged. You will be expected to involve and consult the group. And value will be demanded.

Unique Trusted Community

The COSAC ethos is to maintain a highly trusted community and an environment of shared experience. To protect and enhance that culture of trust, content can be presented under Chatham House Rule or full NDA. COSAC 2021 proceedings will not be published outside the conference.

Real-world Solutions

The COSAC group expects to be inspired by a blend of leading-edge strategy and innovative thought-leadership balanced with real-world pragmatism & realism. You will be pushed to deliver and speaker feedback ratings are expected to exceed 90% excellent or outstanding.

Commercial-free Environment

Sales and product content is strictly prohibited in COSAC 2021 sessions and the event has no exhibition to distract from in-session value-creation. Proposals containing sales material will not be short-listed for consideration.

Intimate Collaboration

The COSAC community is often described as a family. Strictly limited numbers ensure intimacy of debate and a detailed collaborative approach. COSAC is focussed on solving collective challenges and bringing value to every individual participant.

Truly Global

COSAC has a global participation. COSAC 2019 in Ireland featured delegates from 17 countries on 5 continents. Cultural diversity enables learning from peers on every continent and every sector. Presenters should encourage sharing of experience and mutual respect for every viewpoint is expected.

Fully Residential Networking

COSAC 2021 will run from Sunday evening through Thursday afternoon (Monday evening through Thursday afternoon in APAC) with extensive networking opportunities, receptions and dinners each evening. Presenters are expected to commit to attending the entire event. Fly-in fly-out speakers do not typically succeed at COSAC and tend to attract very low audience numbers.

Fully Inclusive

COSAC is deeply immersive experience and fully inclusive of all conference sessions, master classes, workshops, breakfasts, refreshments, lunches, dinners and networking events.

The COSAC 2021 Call for Papers

Killashee Hotel COSAC 2021 Venue

If you believe you can bring value to COSAC 2021 please submit your proposal for a conference session at the COSAC Website

David Lynas