For the first time in ECSS history, and to commemorate the ECSS Congress’s 25th Silver Anniversary, the ECSS and the Seville Host University – Universidad Pablo de Olavide have decided to give the congress a mascot. The congress mascot will welcome participants, add to the excitement surrounding the congress and communicate the values of the congress and the ECSS vision.

We are looking for you to design the ECSS 2020 congress mascot. Your mascot should meet the following criteria:

  • the mascot should ideally be an animal that can be found in the local region, or one that has a strong affiliation with the local people, be that in folklore, culture or social importance;
  • the mascot needs to be given a name - something local and catchy;
  • the congress logo must be visible;
  • your design has to be created by you and may not have been used elsewhere before;
  • your design has not been shared publicly, especially social media.

The winner will have their design as one of the centrepieces of the congress with participant and press exposure. The winner will receive an award certification and one free ECSS membership for one year, which allows for, amongst many rewarding benefits, a reduced registration fee for the ECSS Congress Seville 2020.

To enter, simply create your mascot by drawing the mascot in the following 4 poses;

  1. welcoming/greeting someone;
  2. giving a presentation;
  3. networking/socialising;
  4. with the digits “25”, celebrating the 25 Silver Anniversary of the ECSS Congress.

Submit the 4 drawings together with a summary of no more than 200 words, explaining the idea and features of the mascot and its name and why it is the best mascot for Seville. 

The submission deadline is January 12, 2020. Please send the 4 drawings and summary in one file via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only ECSS members are legible to enter this contest. 

A high-level panel will judge the designs and select the winning design in the new year.

Examples of mascots:

1 December 2019: Opening abstract submission and registration. 1 February 2020: Deadline for abstract submission (There will be no deadline extension).
To register for the 25th annual congress of the ECSS, you will be asked to enter your existing or create a new ECSS account.
Abstract submission closes on 1 February 2020, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). Please note: there will be no deadline extension. Abstract submission is free of charge.

Congress Office

ECSS Congress Sevilla 2020
Mrs Nantia Patera
Aachener Strasse 1053 - 1055
50858 Cologne - Germany


ECSS Congress Sevilla 2020

Phone availability after 15 April 2020
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Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00
Friday: 14:00 - 16:00 CET
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019