Call for papers: response to COVID-19

Biometrics Institute supplier member response to COVID-19: “Effective and responsible biometrics solutions and concepts in a time of pandemic – building a resilient response”

You received this email as the main Biometrics Institute member for your organisation. Please feel free to forward this to any colleagues within your organisation who may wish to submit a response, or coordinate your organisation’s response.

As the world faces new and unprecedented challenges, opportunities arise. Building a resilient community and providing a trusted source of information is extremely important.

The Biometrics Institute membership represents over 240 member organisations from around the world with a network that is close to 10,000 individuals, many of them experts in their respective fields.

Two weeks ago we launched our news digest to members, a compilation of national and international news stories that our expert groups monitor. Last week we conducted a short survey on contactless fingerprint scanners. This week we are inviting our supplier members to submit papers addressing, “Effective and responsible biometrics solutions and concepts in a time of pandemic – building a resilient response.” This is going to be a bigger project and we are therefore asking for a small administration fee.

These expert reports will be compiled into a document that we can share with our members and extensive wider network and on our social media channels.

If you would like to promote any products, we are offering the opportunity to place an advert at the end of the report.

In addition, you can apply for a place on one of two Biometrics Institute On the Pulse podcasts discussing these issues. More details on these below. 

It is important to note that we are only accepting report submissions which address critical questions you and your clients are facing at this time. The report will be an educational piece and your submission needs to explain how any available solution is effective in this crisis, perhaps drawing on case study examples. The papers you send are not a place for product advertising and submissions like this will not be included.


You are welcome to use existing material you own the copyright of, for example a blog post or article you have written, as long as it does not infringe on any exclusivity rights.

Proposed themes for the report are:

  • Biometrics and hygiene
  • Touchless versus touch technology
  • Solutions for remote working
  • Questions about self-enrolment and liveness
  • How biometrics including face and iris technology can deal with masks
  • Ethical sales at a time of crisis
  • New policy or procedures at times of a pandemic

Please feel free to make your own additional topic suggestions.

How to submit:

Papers should be submitted by downloading and completing the submission template and emailing to the Biometrics Institute Chief Executive, Isabelle Moeller – by Friday 24 April 2020.

Advert copy should be sent to the same email address by that same deadline.

Submission format:

  • Please note that although we highly encourage submissions from our international community, contributions must be submitted in English
  • Font: Calibri Light
  • Font size: 11
  • The submission must be limited to two pages (approximately 1,000 words)

Submissions in a different format will not be accepted.

Submissions should include:

  • Proposed title of the paper
  • Paper content – no more than 1000 words
  • Your contact details for us to correspond with you
  • Your contact details for publication

Acknowledgement will be provided on receipt.


  • GBP100 for up to two pages in the report



It is not a requirement to submit a paper in order to place an advert. If you would like to place an advert for inclusion at the end of the report, please send a good quality .jpg or similar file for either a quarter or half-page advert to


  • GBP200 for a quarter page advert
  • GBP350 for a half-page advert


Podcasts are a very popular way to reach a wide audience and we are exploring this medium following the successful launch of our On the Pulse podcast.

We are planning two podcasts addressing topics covered in this report, each involving three experts in conversation with our chief executive. Each podcast will be about 30 minutes long. We will select the podcast panelists from amongst those nominating for this option based on the subject matter and will inform the successful applicants during early May.

Acceptance of a paper is a prerequisite for applying to take part in one of our podcasts. If you are interested, simply select this as an add-on on the template.


  • GBP1,500


The report will be shared:

  • With the Biometrics Institute membership which consists of 240 organisations represented by over 900 individuals
  • With our non-member database which consists of 6,500 contacts from government, user and supplier organisations around the world
  • On our social channels – we have over 1,700 followers on LinkedIn and nearly 6,500 on Twitter

Our first full-length podcast released in February has had 361 downloads so far. We will be adding it to iTunes shortly for a wider audience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks – we look forward to your submissions.

Isabelle Moeller

Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute


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