The call for proposals for 90-minute workshops is now open, with a deadline of Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:00 Korea Standard Time (KST)/09:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Standard workshops held during the Colloquium will run for 90 minutes. It is also possible to submit proposals for half-day or full-day workshops, but their acceptance will depend on the availability of venues. We are looking forward to an exciting and fresh workshop program, bringing participants together for hands-on, practical learning and collaboration on a range of engaging topics. We invite workshop proposals that are interactive, topical, and will keep participants talking. Alongside cutting edge systematic review methods we would like to encourage you to submit workshops aimed at beginners and covering the fundamentals of review production.
Tips for successful workshops
Your workshop should have clearly stated goals, include a high level of interaction with participants, and provide a structured plan appropriate for the length of your workshop.
- Think about current topics and issues with impact for Colloquium participants – the quality of reviews, methods developments, new tools and techniques, engagement with readers.
- Not everything has to be new - participants also love good communicators who teach the basics well. In Vienna we expect many participants who are relative beginners and new to Cochrane, so we are particularly encouraging people to submit ideas for interactive and entertaining workshops covering 'the fundamentals'.
- Include hands-on work and practical examples of good practice – and maybe add some fun or a new interactive format to shake things up.
- Plan for your discussions to be well-structured and useful – stay on track, and make sure you have a good facilitator to guide discussions arising from topics on the day.
- Avoid lectures – if in a 90-minute workshop you have more than 10 slides before starting an interactive component, you have too many!
- If you've offered a workshop in the same format before, why not refresh it this year?
- If you’re running a series, make it clear whether people need to attend prior parts of the series, and where there might be overlap. We will name sequential workshops accordingly, e.g. 'part 1 of 2'.
- Consider the size and room requirements of your workshop. In Vienna we have many rooms with tables accommodating up to 30 participants. Largers rooms will generally be set up with theatre style seating.
- Proposals that primarily present the results of a research project should be submitted as oral or poster presentations. Proposals that primarily involve unstructured discussion should be scheduled as meetings.
How to submit a workshop
To be able to submit a workshop, you and each of your co-facilitators will need to create an account on this website first. You do not need to register for the Colloquium to be able to submit a workshop.
Once you are logged in to your account, you will be able to access the online submission form which should be used to submit workshops. Complete this form and click ‘Save’ to submit it for review. You can log back in and access your submissions using the ‘My submissions’ link – you can keep editing your workshop until the deadline on Wednesday, 13 April 2016.
The Colloquium Workshops Committee Co-Chairs are Soo Young Kim, Jackie Chandler and Dario Sambunjak. They can be contacted at email@example.com.