At its biennial conferences, the European Sociological Association usually offers Plenary, Semi-Plenary and Midday sessions, each with two selected speakers. ESA's 37 Research Networks and a number of Research Streams offer so-called regular sessions with four paper presentations per session.

The Call for Research Streams (for all ESA members) and RN-Semi-Plenaries (for RN coordinators only) have been announced on 22 June, with a deadline on 9 August 2020.

The Call for Papers for the ESA 2021 conference is planned to be issued by the end of the year 2020.