Call For Proposals (CFP)


The R/Medicine Call for proposals is now open.

If you have not yet used the CFP system, you will be required to register and create an account before submitting.
Please CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT before submitting for the first time. Thank you!

If you aren’t ready to submit, view the submission form to help you prepare.

Please get in touch with the content team with any submission questions you may have.


The R/Medicine conference and community promote the development and use of R based tools to improve clinical research and practice. Join us in discussing the adoption of statistical modeling and reproducible data processing in clinical practice by promoting the use of the R programming environment and ecosystem.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP/Abstract Closes: Wednesday, April 5 at 11:59 PM PDT
  • CFP/Abstract Notifications: Monday, May 1
  • Schedule Announcement: Friday, May 5
  • Pre-Recorded Video Due Date: Wednesday, May 24
  • Presentation Slide Due Date: Wednesday, May 24
  • Event Dates: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9

Suggested Topics

  • Clinical Research Use Cases
  • Clinical Dashboards
  • Packages for Clinical Use
  • Shiny Apps
  • Data Visualization
  • Clinical Quality Improvement
  • Research Reproducibility
  • Laboratory Information Science
  • Spatial Health Data
  • Clinical Machine Learning/AI

Submission Types

  • June 5-6
    • Workshop – 3 hours of interactive learning with active coding. Past popular topics have included Intro to R, Spatial Data, Data Viz, etc. 
  • June 7
    • Demo Day – 1 hour of interactive introduction to a package or a process
    • Hackathon – 3-6 hours of gathering a group to work on a package, add features, etc.
    • Poster Session – 5-7 minutes in length. Poster sessions will be a 1-hour time block broken down into (4) 15-minute segments in which each presenter will speak four times. 
  • June 8-9
    • Session Presentations – 20 minutes on a topic in greater depth
    • Lightning Talks – 10 minutes in length

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.
  • Panel submissions must include the names of all participants in the initial submission to be considered. In addition, 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 the co-speaker. For panel sessions, all panelists will receive a complimentary pass. 
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussing unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal; these talks are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event.
  • You can view the submission form to help you prepare and reach out to the cfp team with any questions.

Preparing to Submit Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that 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 ecosystem?

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

How to Give a Great Talk

We want to ensure submitters receive resources to help put together a great submission and, if accepted, give the best presentation possible. To help do this, we recommend viewing seasoned speaker Dawn Foster’s in-depth session titled Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Become a Conference Speaker!

Have More Questions? First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

Linux Foundation events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work you are doing, and 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 more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

Code of Conduct

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. We encourage all submitters to review our complete Code of Conduct.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the event please email cfp@linuxfoundation.org