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POPL 2021
Sun 17 - Fri 22 January 2021 Online

Why support POPL?

POPL is the longest-running conferences in programming languages and one of the most prestigious. Each year POPL hosts a wide variety of affiliated events including workshops, mentoring events, and tutorials. Financial support from corporate sponsors and philanthropic organizations ensures that POPL remains accessible to a broad set of participants.

Sponsorship Policy

Sponsors help offset the considerable expense involved in staging the conference, reducing the financial barriers to participation and enhancing inclusivity. We aim to foster a diverse community with participants from varied disciplines, organizations, and geographic locations. We value and encourage participation from across academia, industry, government, and civil society. At the same time, outside contributions can raise concerns about the independence of the conference and the legitimacy the conference may confer on sponsors. We take these concerns seriously and have taken steps to maintain a transparent and appropriate relationship with our sponsors:

  • We acknowledge all sources of financial support.
  • We disclose all benefits that sponsors receive in exchange for their contribution.
  • We ensure that sponsors have no say over the paper selection process, the composition of the program committees, the selection of workshops and tutorials, the choice of invited speakers, or the selection of award winners. The substance and structure of the conference are determined independently by the program committee using a rigorous, lightweight double-blind peer review process.
  • We only allow sponsors to contribute to two general funds, specified below, and do not allow sponsors to further specify how their contributions should be spent.

We are grateful to receive financial support from organizations that respect our twin goals of inclusivity and independence.

Acknowledgment: POPL’s sponsorship policy is adapted from the ACM FAccT conference and used under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Sponsorship Funds and Support Levels

Sponsors may contribute to one of two general funds, one for the POPL main conference and the other for the PLMW workshop, or both.

  • POPL Main Support: POPL main support funds are used to decrease registration costs, support student volunteers, underwrite social events, and purchase carbon offsets for the POPL main conference.

  • PLMW Mentoring Support: The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) is held on the day prior to the main POPL conference. It aims to encourage graduate students and senior undergraduate students to pursue careers in programming language research. All funds designated as mentoring sponsorship funds will be transferred directly to PLMW @ POPL and used to support student participation.

Because it is currently unclear whether POPL 2021 will have a physical meeting, below we identify the benefits that sponsors will receive under physical and virtual modalities.

POPL Main Support Levels

Bronze ($2500)

  • Logo will be displayed on the POPL 2021 website.

Silver ($5000)

  • As above plus…
  • Logo will be displayed on the splash screen before each talk video.
  • Special thanks in all videos produced by PC Chair / General Chair.

Gold ($8,000)

  • As above plus…
  • Two complementary registrations to POPL 2021.
  • The organizers will create a dedicated channel labeled with the company’s name on the interactive chat for the conference.

Platinum ($11,000)

  • As above plus…
  • One additional complementary registration to POPL 2021.
  • The sponsor may contribute a 30-minute video that will be played during the conference. The video will be clearly labeled as sponsored content to avoid causing confusion with the papers being presented at the main conference.

Carbon Offset Sponsor ($20,000)

  • There will be at most one Carbon Offset sponsor.
  • As above plus…
  • A special thanks in the PACM journal issue for helping minimize the climate impact of POPL 2021.
  • Funds in excess of the platinum level will be used to purchase carbon offsets. If you are interested in supporting carbon offsets at POPL, please discuss logistics with the POPL industrial relations chair.

PLMW Mentoring Support

PLMW Mentoring Silver ($1,000)

  • Logo displayed on the PLMW @ POPL 2021 web site.

PLMW Mentoring Gold ($2,500)

  • As above plus…
  • Logo displayed on the splash screen before each talk video at PLMW.

PLMW Mentoring Platinum ($5,000)

  • As above plus…
  • Virtual: special thanks in all videos produced by PLMW Chairs.

Early-Stage Companies

To encourage closer interaction between the POPL community and industry, we offer a discount on sponsorship for the POPL Main Conference for early-stage companies. The benefits remain as specified above but early-stage sponsors are explicitly labeled as such. The discount is applied on a sliding scale based on reserves and revenue, as determined through a discussion with the Industrial Relations Chair and ranges from 50-80%.


Questions about how to contribute may be directed to Nate Foster (jnfoster@cs.cornell.edu), Cornell University, the POPL Industrial Relations Chair.