Sessions & Demos

Thursday, November 12, 2020



Have you ever attended or participated in ‘Discover Brigham’ (formerly BWH Research Day) and enjoyed the experience? 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 revamping 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 virtual 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 to submit ideas focused on research and/or clinical innovation for sessions and/or demos at this annual showcase. 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 
  • Click here to view the coverage from 2019 event to provide some background on what others have done. 
  • The call for sessions is open to all topics focused on research and/or clinical innovation, but wstrongly encourage those who have topics on COVID-19 and/or health equity research to submit
  • We are interested in including diverse speakers (minorities, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities) with a variety of roles in the hospital (nurses, researchers, physicians, staff, patients, etc.)
  • The sessions will now happen virtually. After selecting the sessions, the BRI team will meet with each session Chair(s) to discuss timing and the amount of time they will be given due to the switch to virtual
  • The demos will happen virtually from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM. Each demo will need to propose a plan for their virtual demo and will meet with the BRI team to execute their vision
  • 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. 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

July 6, 2020 – Proposal submissions due

July 20, 2020 – Applicants notified

late July/early August, 2020 – Each session/demo chair will meet with Brigham Research Institute team

August 3, 2020 – Applicants can withdraw by this deadline

August 22, 2020 – Session/demo description, title and list of potential speakers/panelists due

August 22, 2020 – Session participants, format and content confirmed

late Sept, 2020 – Run of show calls with BRI staff

Sept, 2020 – Session/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


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


  • 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
  • Indicate preferred audience – clinicians/researchers/lay public/patients/industry. Check all that apply
  • Each demo will need to propose a plan for their virtual demo and will meet with the BRI team to execute their vision.
  • Provide a short description (no more than 5-7 lines) of the proposed topic and its significance


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 have the potential to attract a significant audience?