The ECSCW’20 is hosted by the SMI, University of Siegen, in cooperation of the EUSSET network.


The Siegener Mittelstandsintitut (SMI) serves to strengthen research and teaching at the University of Siegen and as a platform for small and medium-sized businesses. For this purpose, a close and trusting cooperation with medium-sized companies in the region is cultivated.

The University of Siegen is a modern, high-profile university with an international orientation. The University is guided by the central principle: “Creating a Common Future”. Students and academics from overseas are very welcome. Today the University hosts 15,093 students and more than 11% come from other countries. Our International Office offers a comprehensive service to ensure that students soon feel at home at Siegen. The University of Siegen offers a variety of degree programmes across five different faculties. Furthermore, the university is very committed to interdisciplinary research. The wide range of research activities includes basic and applied research across all faculties. A number of organizations complement and enrich the university’s range of services, such as organizations providing special research activities or which support University of Siegen in the fields of communication, IT and foreign languages.

The Research Group on Practice Based Computing at the University of Siegen is internationally well known in the areas of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), community research, aging societies, interactive TV research, and for empirical studies in applied Computer Science and Information Systems. Its research focuses on user-centred, practice-oriented IT media design and participatory action research. It investigates the development, introduction, and appropriation processes of cooperation and media systems. This class of applications supports the interaction among human actors with social systems. Designing these applications gains increasing economic and social importance since they provide a technological base for social networks among individuals, organisations, and (non-) governmental institutions. Examples of cooperation and media systems are: communication and cooperation systems, community systems and learning platforms, interactive TV, indoor and outdoor position tracking technologies, cooperative games and digital arts. The group has been very active in the development of the European CSCW community.

The EUSSET is a networked organizational forum dedicated to the development of technological tools and infrastructures that incorporate a human-centred design perspective.  The members of EUSSET come from a variety of organizations and disciplines, but they share a passion for developing a range of more integrative, interdisciplinary approaches to the design, development and use of new technologies for work, home and play.

The EUSSET organization is based on inclusiveness, transparency, and democracy. Research on socially-embedded digital technologies wants to impact society by:

  • Exploring the social situations and practices in which digital technologies are embedded.
  • Developing new methods to engage people in the participatory construction of socially-embedded digital technologies.
  • Contributing to the design of future socially-embedded digital technologies.