Call for Proposals

We invite researchers as well as practising architects, mathematicians, ... to participate in this conference. The submitted abstracts for presentations and posters had been reviewed by the Scientific Committee. We are interested to get a wide range of topics, which emphasize the relationships between architecture and mathematics. The selection process of abstracts had been completed in March 2020.

Selection Process

Speakers at the Nexus 20/21 conference had been be selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to the call for proposals. Acceptance was based on the appropriateness for Nexus; originality of topic; whether the topic is accessibly only to specialists or can be appreciated by a wider audience; and how developed the research appears to be.

All accepted abstracts will be collected in a book published by Kim Williams Books that will be distributed during the conference itself.

Following their presentation at the conference, a limited number of presenters will be invited to develop their work into full research papers for publication in the Nexus Network Journal. The selection will be made by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the presentations at the conference.

 The following conditions apply:

  • Submission of an abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance at the conference or of publication in the Nexus Network Journal.
  • Papers that have been presented at other meetings and/or previously published as chapters of books or as journal articles will not be considered.
  • The author submitting an abstract automatically grants permission for that abstract to circulate among members of the Scientific Committee. The conference chairs guarantee that the abstract will not be used for any purpose other than review and selection.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts must guarantee their participation at the conference. No abstract accepted for the conference and published in the book will be eligible for selection for publication in the Nexus Network Journal unless the author is present at the conference to present the work in person.
  • Publication of the accepted abstract in the conference book is contingent on payment of the conference participation fee before or on the established date (see Conference Fee and Working Schedule below).
  • After acceptance authors will be expected to re-format their abstracts for publication as instructed.
  • There are no publication fees for publication in the Nexus Network Journal.

Special Notice for Ph.D. Candidates and Recent Ph.D. Recipients 

There will be no dedicated Ph.D. Day at Nexus 20/21. Abstracts from current Ph.D. candidates and those who have received their Ph.D. degrees in the period 2019-2020 will be considered for presentation during the main conference, but are requested to declare their status.

What to Submit

  • Cover sheet. Please include a cover sheet with the following information:
    • Full name and surname;
    • title or profession (Professor, Doctor, Architect, Independent Scholar, etc.);
    • affiliation (if applicable);
    • physical mailing address;
    • e-mail address;
    • title of proposed presentation;
    • category of research (see below);
    • 5 keywords (refer to the submission guidelines of the Nexus Network Journal for a list of suggested keywords
  • Abstracts in English, no more than 1600 words and 2 pages (DIN/A4) of images. The abstract should comprise the following sections: Introduction (ca. 150 words); The Research (ca. 1300 words); Conclusion (ca. 150 words); References (no more than 10).
  • Curriculum vitae. BE BRIEF: no more than 1 page, including significant publications.

Where to Submit

Submissions are to be sent via e-mail to the Secretary of the Scientific Committee at this address:

When to Submit

Submissions had been accepted from 1 November 2019 to 29 November 2019. No abstracts had been acknowledged before 1 November or accepted after 29 November, unless an extension of the deadline is specifically announced. 
The new announced deadline is: Saturday 21 December 2019.
This is a firm deadline and there will be no further extension.

New Conference Working Schedule

  • 29 November 2019 | Deadline for submission of abstracts.
    Extended Deadline: Saturday, 21 December 2019
  • 01 March 2020 | Notification of acceptance of abstracts.
  • 15 March 2021 | Deadline for submission for final corrected abstracts for publication (no more than 1600 words and 2 pages DIN/A4 of images).
  • 30 April 2021 | Deadline for payment of conference participation fee in order to have the abstract published in the proceedings.
  • 15 May 2021 | Early Registration with reduced registration fee.
  • 16 May – 15 July 2021 | Registration with regular fee.
  • 26-29 July 2021 | Conference in Kaiserslautern.
  • 1 October 2021 | Notification of selection for publication in Nexus Network Journal.
  • 2022 | Publication of selected papers in the Nexus Network Journal.

Categories of Research

The following categories of research are intended to facilitate the review work of the Scientific Committee. Please indicate the category that you believe best describes your research:

  • Design theory: mathematics as a design tool;
  • Design analysis: mathematics used to analyse an existing monument or site;
  • Geometry: Applications of geometry (descriptive, projective, fractal, etc.) to architecture;
  • Topology: Applications of topology to architecture;
  • Rule-based Design: Shape grammars; parametric design;
  • Representation of architecture: perspective; modelling;
  • Structures: architectural engineering application; statics related to form;
  • Computer applications: morphogenesis, digital fabrication, virtual reality;
  • Didactics: methods, approaches and projects in the classroom, at all levels of education;
  • Other ___ (please provide 2 keywords).


If you would like more information about the Nexus conferences, books or the Nexus Network Journal, see the Nexus Network Journal website (

For the Nexus 20/21 Conference details visit the Nexus 20/21 Kaiserslautern website ( and contact

If you have questions about the call for proposals, please don’t hesitate to contact the Conference Secretary or Chairs at