Call for Virtual Rooms and Socials

Call for Virtual Rooms and Socials

ACDL 2020 will continue to support the strong community-building role that is so central to the conference. We hope to create opportunities for all participants to meet new people and to share knowledge, best-practices, opportunities, and interests. To enable this, we will support several virtual rooms and socials.

A virtual room or social is a participant-led video-driven meeting centred around different themes. These themes can be anything ranging from:

  • A gathering around research topics and interests (e.g., artificial intelligence, generative models, reinforcement learning, deep learning, big data, covid-19, social impact AI, ML, data science),
  • Around skills exchange and training (e.g., giving better presentations, guidance on academic job applications), supporting affinity group meetings (e.g., QueerInAI, Women in Machine Learning),
  • Or other social and intellectual gatherings (e.g., 1st virtual conference, book club).

We will list these events on the ACDL 2020 webpage with a link the video session, and include it in the calendar of events and support its publicity.


  • If you are interested in hosting a virtual room/social, please send a detailed email to
  • Virtual rooms are typically 2-hour long video sessions, must have two leads (who will organise the session, moderate the session, and ensure respectful communication). Organisers and guests should be registered participants of ACDL 2020.
  • Submit this form before 30 June 2020 (anywhere on earth).
  • We will review these as quickly as we can after the deadline. We may combine activities, or suggest other modifications (such as suggesting alternative dates/times) in order to balance the programme of activities.

Code of conduct: Being part of ACDL 2020, social events are subject to the general code of conduct of the meeting.

Important Dates

  • Deadline: 30 June.
  • Notification: 4 July.