Third Visions for Future Communications Summit

Strengthening the Path Towards 6G.

24th, 25th November 2021

Lisbon (Portugal)

Organized by NetworldEurope with the support of 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA), European Commission and IEEE


Vision of Future Communications Summit is a top-quality research workshop, with the support of IEEE, oriented to identify key research areas in information and communication technologies in the mid-future of 7 to 10 years. It will follow from the previous event held in 2017, and 2019, considering that now 5G is in the market and we need to Strengthen the Path Towards 6G .


The Summit will cover multiple research lines, roughly structured along Physical Layer, Network and Control Plane, and Applications and Services. Each research line will have a keynote speaker, and a set of sessions. All sessions will be organized as panels of distinguished speakers from academia, industry and High-level European Commission officials presenting their viewpoints on a subarea within each track. Panels will be oriented to encourage interaction among the panelists and between the panelists and the audience.

The purpose of the Summit is not to show what each presenter knows, but to technically identify what would be promising and challenging to achieve, and will need work from our sector's professionals.

Panels will be enriched with contributions from an open call to the community, and with sessions presenting long-term visions from different stakeholders.


Based on the public presentations and contributions of the international experts, a white paper on seminal research directions for the communications field will be produced. This white paper will be widely distributed to the community, and will be used as input by the European Commission, ITU-T and other relevant stake holders as a contribution to mid-term research directions.

In our past experience, the discussions have always been very fruitful, and highlighted several areas which have been placed on the R&D roadmap in Europe and U.S. The past Whitepaper, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), has been the basis for the design of the upcoming Smart Networks and Services funding calls. We do hope to have this year the same exciting time we had!


The Summit will have three different types of potential contributors: a couple of keynote speakers; a set of invited distinguished contributors directly invited; contributions to the discussions in the sessions, that have a significantly time reserved; and an open call for new ideas, which will be presented at the same level of the invited speakers.

The open call for new ideas will be used to select several speakers, presenting interesting ideas for future research. If interested, please send one page A4, with an abstract of the topic you would like to present, and a small rationale why this should be included in the EU research roadmap. The document should be sent to, until 25th October 2021. Since the number of open call slots is not large, we urge you to send your proposal as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Situation

Portugal is on a very clear widespread vaccination strategy. At this moment 85% of the whole population has been vaccinated (meaning 98% of eligible population - one of the largest of the world). Entry requirements in Portugal are basically proof of vaccination with a Portuguese-recognized vaccine (for further information please check COVID-19 Measures implemented in Portugal ).

Public events are now common, with minimal restrictions, mostly mask mandates for large events. Restaurants and hotels are open, with basic restrictions in terms of health precautions, and vaccination requirements.

Important Dates

Venue Dates: 24th and 25th November 2021



Steering Committee

  • Rui Aguiar, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu
  • Jyrki Huusko, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Heiner Stuettgen, NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Alexandros Kaloxylos, University of Peloponnese
  • Organization Committee

  • Fatma Marzouk, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • José Quevedo, Instituto de Telecomunicações and U. Aveiro
  • Venue

    The venue of the event will be announced soon.



    Portugal Chapter

    Also supported by

    Technical co-sponsorship


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