Student & Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC)

Call for Workshops

We are inviting the Canadian student and postdoc community and beyond to submit abstracts for 55-minute workshop on challenges facing the field of computer science in Canada and beyond. The workshops will be held at the upcoming CS-Can Student Symposium that is running in conjunction with the CS-Can | Info-Can 2019 Annual Meeting on June 2nd- 4th 2019, at McGill University Montreal, QC. We welcome and encourage participation and submissions from the entire community: students, postdocs, faculty, industry and beyond.

The goal for these workshops is raise awareness for and share possible solutions to issues affecting the Canadian computer science community, for example: diversity and inclusiveness (e.g., focusing on the under-representation of women or Indigenous Peoples in computer science), education, or the environmental impact of computer technology. If you have an idea in mind but you’re not sure if it would fit, please reach out, we’d love to hear from you. This is the perfect opportunity for you to share your vision for our field and to contribute to your community in a way that moves beyond your research.

We encourage you to think outside the standard talk presentation format for how you can best convey your material. For example, many people may not have heard of (or have much experience with) the topic you are presenting. Instead of simply lecturing, you may find it beneficial to include a large question and answer session in your workshop, or break the audience into groups to discuss what your ideas mean to them.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2019 April 25th, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: April 30th, 2019 May 3rd, 2019
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 7th, 2019
  • Meeting Dates: June 2nd-4th, 2019

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM UTC – 12.

Submission Instructions
Workshops can be hosted individually or by a group of people. You will be required to submit the names of the presenter(s), a title, abstract and a short paragraph on how you plan to conduct your workshop session and present the material to your audience. More information on how to submit your abstract will be available soon.

You will be required to submit:

  1. The names and contact information of the presenter(s).
  2. The title of your workshop.
  3. An abstract (maximum 200 words).
  4. A short paragraph on how you plan to conduct your workshop session and present the material to your audience. Please attach this paragraph as a pdf in the “paper” submission field.
  5. Lighting-pitch presentation slides as a PDF (optional, see instructions here).

Workshop proposals must be submitted using EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cscss19

Acceptance Criteria
All accepted workshop proposals will be presented on June 3rd, 2019 at the 1st Annual CS-Can Student Symposium. Presenters must also present a 2 minute pitch for their workshop during the preceding lightning pitches session. Presenters may also apply to provide an additional pitch regarding a topic other than their workshop, if desired.

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