Call for Proposals

Welcome to Convergence2023: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN 4th Annual Education Conference.

Building on our learnings from the last three conferences and in recognition of our unique public health and sociocultural climate, as well as the changing landscape of our workforce, our theme this year is Reflect, Reconnect, Renew.

Our hope this year is to enable exciting opportunities for networking, learning, co-creation and to facilitate a space for discussions about our practice as educators, researchers and learners. We are very excited to bring this interactive program to life and to share your unique experiences.

Call for Proposals is now Open!
DEADLINE: October 21st, 2022

Download the Proposal Submission Form, fill in and email to convergence@michener.ca to complete the submission process.

Key Dates

Call for Proposals Closes on October 21st, 2022
Between November 7-9th, 2022: Proposal status is communicated to contributors
Monday, November 14th, 2022: Deadline for successful proposal contributors to confirm conference attendance
Friday, December 2nd, 2022: Registration Opens

The conference committee welcomes you to share your expertise, insights and best practices in education science that anticipate and shape compassionate care, knowledge and an evolving healthcare system. We seek a diversity of perspectives for the conference sessions.

Types of  Sessions

Hands-on Workshops

These 1 or 2 hours sessions are intended to actively engage participants in the learning process. Workshops provide a collaborative and active learning environment for participants, who should leave with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they can apply in their own environment and practice.

Format:

  • Duration: 1 or 2 hours
  • Facilitators must use best practices in adult education and the session must be experiential in nature (active learning must comprise at least 2/3rds of the session)

Lightning Talks & Discussions

These short presentations are followed by roundtable discussions. The presentations are intended to creatively engage and showcase information that may otherwise be done in a traditional conference or poster presentation.

In this session, there will be multiple speakers with each presentation being 5 minutes in duration. Speakers will include learners, clinicians and researchers who will present relevant information rapidly and in an engaging manner. Discussions will take place at virtual round tables. Speakers will have a chance to engage their audience in a discussion about their talk for 15 minutes following the lightning talks.

Format:

  • Speakers have 5 minutes for their presentation
  • Duration: 15 minutes/round; total 45min
  • Speakers may have one static slide for their presentation (optional) and must make their point clearly

Storytelling

In this session, storytellers will tell an impactful story about their experience with health professions education and/or clinical learning. Stories can be up to 10 minutes long. Storytellers are encouraged to support their narrative with the 4 pillars of storytelling: people, places, purpose, and plot.  A discussion will follow. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and think critically about the topic.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the topic.

Format:

  • Duration: Maximum 10 minutes
  • Storytellers may have one static slide to enhance their story, however slides are not required for a storytelling session

    Panel Discussion (Your choice of topic)

    Call for panelists to build a panel to hold a discussion related to the theme of the conference. Panels consist of 3-4 panelists and a moderator, for a small audience.  Panel submissions must include the: topic you would like to speak on, how it aligns with the conference theme, and each participant’s qualifications to speak to that topic.

    Podcast Journal Discussion

    NEW! Host a 30-minute discussion on a podcast episode related to the conference theme. The facilitators (up to 3 for a single presentation) will post access to the podcast before the conference. Interested attendees are expected to listen before the event. The facilitators may choose to play short segments of the podcast for the audience to spur discussion and learning. Required information: the title of the podcast and episode, the relevance to conference theme, and the list of questions for discussion,

    Courageous Conversations

    NEW! This is a call for conversation facilitators who will identify a challenging topic and lead a lively discussion. Flex your facilitation skills as you look at an issue from multiple perspectives and invite your audience to actively engage in sharing, comparing, disagreeing and learning. Please provide the title of your topic, why this conversation is important, how it could benefit the conference audience, and a list of discussion prompts that will draw out multiple perspectives from your audience.

    General Information

    • Applicants may submit more than one proposal
    • The Convergence selection committee reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants
    • Support for creating your workshop, lightning talk or story is available through our education services, please note if you need support on your proposal
    • Conference Committee does not cover fees accrued speakers or participants for travel or accommodation. Speakers are required to register and pay for the event
    • Proposals cannot focus on “selling/advocating” a service/product/program

    Questions regarding the Call for Proposals and the submission process may be sent to convergence@michener.ca