Call for Abstracts

We are seeking Abstracts for:

  • Lightning talks (10 min, Thursday or Friday June 13-14) Can pre-record so that you can be live on chat to answer questions
  • Regular talks (20 min, Thursday or Friday June 13-14) Can pre-record so that you can be live on chat to answer questions
  • Demos - (1 hour demo of an approach or a package, Wednesday June 12) Done live, preferably interactive
  • Workshops - 2-3 hours on a topic, on Monday or Tuesday Jan 10-11, usually with a website and a repo, participants can choose to code along. Usually 5-10 min breaks each hour.
  • Posters for the poster session on Wednesday June 12. Can include live (virtual) demos of an app or a package.

An abstract proposal should describe a presentation of methodology, a study or project, or an example or case study relevant to one (or more) of our fields of interest, with R-based tools having a substantial role in the work.  The content of the presentation should be of interest to the R/Medicine community.

Dates to Remember

CFP Closes:  Monday, April 22 at 11:59 PM EDT

CFP Notifications:  April 29

Schedule Announcement:  May 6

Pre-Recorded Video Submission:  June 3

R/Medicine 2024 Conference:  Monday, June 10  to  Friday, June 14

Important Notes

All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our online Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.

The Chat

R/Medicine has a strong tradition of active discussion in a virtual chat during virtual presentations, and this discussion is much better if the presenter or a co-presenter is active in the chat, sharing relevant links and answering questions during the presentation. If you are planning to be a solo presenter for a talk on Thursday or Friday, plan to prerecord your talk to submit by June 3, and to attend (virtually) in person to actively participate in the chat. If you have relevant links in your presentation, put them in a document ahead of time so that you can easily drop them into the chat when appropriate. If you have a co-presenter, decide who will present and who will chat (or take turns at a natural switching point).

Panel submissions must include the names of all participants in the initial submission in order to be considered.  The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels, in an effort to increase speaker diversity.

Complimentary Passes For Speakers: One complimentary pass for the event will be provided for the accepted primary speaker and a co-speaker. For panel sessions, each panelist will receive a complimentary pass. 

Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussion of unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies in your proposal. Talks of this nature are almost always rejected because they diminish the integrity of our events and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.

All accepted speakers are required to submit their presentation slides (and prerecorded presentation videos) by June 3, prior to the event.

Poster sessions can be a static rectangular graphic, and can include a ‘share window’ where you can do short demos for folks who (virtually) walk up to your poster.

Preparing to Submit Your Proposal

We do not intend to provide strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal; however, we hope you will review the following guidelines to help you prepare the best submission possible.  To get started, here are three questions you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?

  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?

  3. How will your presentation help better the R Medicine ecosystem?

There are many ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts.

Remember the questions above when writing your proposal, and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees as you share your experiences, educate the community about a method or an issue, or generate interest in a project.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

Linux Foundation events are an excellent place for getting to know the community and sharing your ideas and the work you are doing.  We strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events.  If you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be happy to provide advice on your proposal.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

If your talk is accepted, we want to help you give the best presentation possible.  To do this, we enlisted the assistance of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus, who has prepared this in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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