Discover Brigham Call for Sessions and Demos

Discover Brigham –  November 12, 2020


Have you been an attendee or participant at Discover Brigham (DB) in the past and enjoyed it? Did you wish that your specific scientific domain or a research topic exciting to your community had been featured as part of the day? Is your department planning to host an educational or research event in the upcoming year? If yes, find out more below about how the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) is opening the planning process for Discover Brigham to include a wider swath of our researchers, clinicians and staff!

In the interest of representing the topics and issues most relevant to the BWH community at Discover Brigham (November 12, 2020), the BRI is excited to launch a call for proposals for DB 2020. Through this call, we are inviting our researchers, clinicians and staff here to submit ideas focused on research and/or clinical innovation for sessions and/or demos at this annual showcase of all the leading-edge subjects that BWH excels at or aspires to. Come up with your best idea(s) and the BRI will provide all the logistical support necessary to execute your vision for a session or demo at Discover Brigham!



  • The call for proposals will be open to all BWH departments, researchers, clinicians and staff.
  • Each individual or department can put forward up to 3 ideas for sessions/demos.
  • Each session will get at least 50 minutes in Bornstein Family Amphitheater from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on the hour.
  • The demos will be located throughout the hospital in the common spaces (ex. Mezzanine near Gift Shop).
  • The demos take place (same time as poster session and lunch) from 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM.
  • BRI leadership will evaluate and prioritize applications based on criteria described in this call.
  • Successful applicant(s) will be responsible for the content of their session and/or demo including coming up with speakers/panelists and coordinating with them. The BRI will be responsible for providing logistical support during the planning process and on the day of Discover Brigham on November 12, 2020 as well as for publicizing the sessions and demos.



Jan 13, 2020 – Call for proposals issued

April 20, 2020 (extended) – Proposal submissions due

mid May, 2020 – Applicants notified

May/June, 2020 – Each session/demo chair will meet with BRI staff

May 18, 2020 – Applicants can withdraw by this deadline

June 15, 2020 – Session description, title and list of potential speakers/panelists due

June 15, 2020 – Demo description, title, participants, and separate survey completed

July 13, 2020 – Session participants, format and content confirmed

Sept, 2020 – Run of show calls with BRI staff

Sept, 2020 – Session and demo promotions commence

Nov 12, 2020 – Discover Brigham


  • Proposals may be submitted by departments/researchers/clinicians/staff. Faculty member applicants must hold rank of Instructor or above
  • Each individual/department can submit up to 3 ideas for a session or a demo. Final session titles will be determined by the BRI


Application Criteria:
  • Proposals may be submitted for a session OR a demo
  • All research/clinical innovation themes are welcome


Application Process:

Proposals are due April 20, 2020, 11:00 PM should be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Applicant’s Name, Degree, Department and Division, BWH and HMS professional appointments, contact information. This is the person who will be named as Session Chair/Demo Director
  • Specify if interested in planning a session OR a demo. If session, specify preferred format – traditional scientific talks/TED-style talks/panel discussion. Optional – specify potential speakers/panelists/participants
  • Specify research/clinical topic/theme/domain of interest
  • Each demo must have an interactive aspect to it. Please specify. 
  • Each session can suggest a time for their session or they can wait till you invite speakers. 
  • Provide a short description (no more than 5-7 lines) of the proposed topic and its significance


Review Criteria:

The BRI Executive Committee in conjunction with the BRI Research Oversight Committee (represents all BWH departments) will evaluate and prioritize proposals based on the following:

  • Is the topic proposed relevant/significant to those working at BWH or beyond?
  • Is the proposal clear and well-defined?
  • Does the session topic has the potential to attract a significant audience (approximately 100-plus people in Bornstein Family Amphitheater)?