Important Dates

  • Friday November 4, 2016: Submissions due
  • Monday December 12, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • To Be Determined: Panels take place during the CSCW conference

What is a panel?

A panel is a collection of people discussing an important topic to our field with energy, insight, and verve - they need not be dull and boring.

Great panels are an excellent way to generate debate, raise new and interesting issues at CSCW, and hear multiple points of view on a given topic. CSCW panels are a forum for discussing provocative, controversial, innovative, emerging, boundary-spanning, and boundary-breaking issues.

While paper sessions provide detailed discussions of recently completed work, panels provide an opportunity to hear from researchers in the field about about what is on the horizon - or what is already here but not yet recognized, acknowledged or discussed.

Criteria for Successful Panels

The best panels provide opportunities for audience participation. We especially encourage proposals for panels that will:

  • Discuss relevant, important, and critical topics
  • Engage the audience and provoke discussion
  • Bring several disciplines, methods, or approaches in productive conversation
  • Represent a diversity of individuals, who can bring multiple perspectives to the topic

We also invite submitters to not only form panels with close colleagues who share similar points of view, but also to reach out to prospective panelists from across the CSCW community. Feel free to contact other CSCW scholars, or use media like the #cscw2017 Twitter hashtag, the CSCW Community or CSCW Meta Facebook groups, or the CSCW slack channel to try and find panelists who might want to discuss a particular topic from various approaches.

Submitting a Proposal

Panel proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format (Word, Latex). They should include:

  • An overview of the panel topic
  • One-paragraph biographical sketches of the panelists describing their expertise
  • Proposed structure and format of the panel, including how you intend to encourage interaction with the audience
  • Any technical requirements

Panel submissions should be e-mailed to the Panels Co-Chairs at

All panel submissions are due by 11:59pm PDT on Monday, Dec. 12th.

Accepted Proposals

Accepted proposals will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to attendees as part of the Conference Extended Abstracts.

The final photo-ready abstract should be no longer than 4 pages and should include a description of the panel topic, one-paragraph biographical sketches of the panelists, a position statement by each panelist and an overview of the ways in which the position statements relate to each other. When a panel submission is accepted it is the panel organizer’s responsibility to receive confirmation from the panelists.

Please note that presenting panelists are responsible for their own conference registration fee, travel, and accommodation costs.

Panels Co-Chairs

Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
R. Stuart Geiger, University of California, Berkeley