November 3rd-7th, 2018 : New York City's Hudson River (Jersey City)
Important Dates
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 (11:59 PM EST): Submissions due
  • Monday, July 9, 2018: Notification of acceptance

Panels will 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 #cscw2018 Twitter hashtag, the CSCW Community or CSCW Meta Facebook groups 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 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, June 27th.

All questions should be directed to

Panels Co-Chairs

Tawanna Dillahunt (University of Michigan)
Daniele Quercia (Bell Labs Cambridge)