Call for submissions to Collaborations Workshop 2023

Posted by s.aragon on 19 January 2023 - 11:26am
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Collaborations Workshop 2023 (CW23) will take place as a hybrid event in Manchester, UK from Tuesday 2 May to Thursday 4 May 2023 and the call for contributed mini-workshop/demo sessions and lightning talks is open! The deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT on Friday, 24 February 2023. We will notify applicants of the outcomes by 10 March.

Mini-workshops and demo sessions

Are you interested in running a 30 or 60 minute session to demonstrate a particular research software product, digital tool, project, approach or standard? Deliver specific training or an interactive tutorial? Conduct information gathering or explore a topic? Or another idea? 

Mini-workshop and demo sessions offer unique opportunities for CW23 participants and sponsors to give an in-depth look at a particular tool or approach relating to research software. We are looking for mini-workshop and demo sessions connected to the CW23 theme of Sustainable Career Development: looking after your software, your career, and yourself. The theme encompasses:

  • Technical development, which could include sessions relating to software sustainability, software products and digital tools, infrastructure and documentation, software development skills, and training;
  • Career development, which could include sessions relating to career pathways, how to get credit for your work, mentorship, and inclusive leadership to support team work; and
  • Personal development, which could include sessions relating to mental health, wellbeing, and community.

We are also happy to consider any proposals involving research software or relating to the CW sub-themes of collaborative working, data/code sharing, reproducible research or data science. Proposals can also be related to pitches for the CW23 Hack Day. If you are looking for inspiration, the themes of last year’s Collaborations Workshop 2022 were Code Review, Ethics, Hybrid Working and Software Sustainability, and you can view the successful submissions here.

CW23 is a hybrid event, and the mini-workshops and demo sessions will have people facilitating and participating both in-person and remotely. A professional audio/visual company will be managing the video connection between the in-person room and the associated Zoom room, and helpers from the CW23 Organising Committee will be present to assist during the session. Proposers must consider how the session will be inclusive of both in-person and remote participants, and confirm if they will deliver the session in-person or remotely if selected.

Submit your proposal for a Mini-workshops and demo session here.

Lightning Talks 

A lightning talk gives you two minutes and one slide to discuss a subject. Lightning talks are the perfect way to introduce yourself at the workshop. You could talk about your work, an idea, a problem, promote a mini-workshop/demo you’re facilitating during the event, a pitch for the CW Hack Day or anything that's related to software and research, and ideally related to the theme or sub-themes of CW23.


How quick is lightning? Lightning is pretty quick: two minutes. You will be allowed only one slide, which you will have to submit in advance if selected. You'll be presenting alongside a countdown timer, so you'll have to keep to time. However, it's amazing how much you can present in two minutes and it’s a fun way to introduce yourself to the community! For examples and inspiration, you can watch the lightning talks from last year’s Collaborations Workshop 2022 in this YouTube playlist.

The Lightning Talk sessions will have people presenting both in-person and remotely - proposers will need to confirm if they will present in-person or remotely if selected.

Submit your proposal for a lightning talk here.

Partnership opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring CW23, you can view our suggested sponsorship packages. Please contact CW23 Chair Rachael Ainsworth at, if you would like to discuss a bespoke partnership. 

About Collaborations Workshop 2023

CW23 will take place as a hybrid event in Manchester, UK from Tuesday 2 May - Thursday 4 May 2023 and registration is open via Eventbrite.


To find out more information and see the provisional agenda, please visit the CW23 website and sign up here to receive CW23 updates and reminders.


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