Call For Proposals (CFP)


The R/Medicine Call for Proposals has closed.


R is a free and open-source programming language for reproducible statistical computing, data visualization, and application development. The goal of the R/Medicine conference is to encourage the adoption of statistical modeling and reproducible data processing in clinical practice by promoting the use of the R programming environment and ecosystem. 

R is the gold standard in reproducible research in academia and industry and has powerful capabilities to create highly-customizable interactive analytic dashboards, as well as predictive models that employ machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence. 

The 2020 R/Medicine Conference will be held virtually as a large webinar, hosted virtually online on Eastern Daylight Time from August 27 through August 29th. It will include two tracks of pre-conference educational workshops: one foundational workshop, covering reproducible data analysis with a focus on health care professionals who have no programming background and a second workshop on practical machine learning with a focus on predicting outcomes from clinical data sets. The pre-conference workshops will be followed by two days of presentations from representatives of biostatistics, the pharmaceutical industry, regulators, and the clinical laboratories. 

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Closes: Wednesday, July 1
  • CFP Notifications: Thursday, July 16
  • Schedule Announcement: Week of August 3
  • Slide Due Date: Thursday, August 20
  • Event Dates: Thursday, August 27 – Saturday, August 29

Suggested Topics

  • Show how you used R to solve a problem in a clinical setting
  • Discuss how you teach R (or any part of the R ecosystem) to clinical users
  • Show how you used R in the analysis of clinical trials
  • Discuss the development of predictive models from clinical and laboratory data (including high-throughput methods)
  • Showcase novel visualizations of medical data
  • Discuss workflows that facilitate reproducible research
  • Discuss novel statistical approaches to analyze clinical data
  • Discuss novel ways to conduct distributed clinical research

Submission Types

  • Session Presentations (typically 30 minutes in length)
  • Panel Discussion (typically 30 minutes in length)
  • Lightning Talk (typically 10 minutes in length)
  • BoF (typically 30 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

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.

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 that you are doing and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events. In the instance that 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.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

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

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9y3gyF8Kw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcOP4WQfJl4

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 of the cfp process, please email cfp@r-consortium.org.