23-25 May 2018
Gillespie Conference Center, South Bend, IN
US/Eastern timezone

One afternoon of the JINA-CEE Frontiers 2018 meeting will be in the style of an unconference, a participant-driven agenda with many breakout sessions. Participants can propose topics on-the-fly for the breakout sessions. There will be three hours allocated for the unconference. During this time, participants can join or initiate any breakout session. Participants can also switch from one session to another depending on their interests.


We need you to actively participate! What is it that you really want to talk about at the meeting? This is your chance to actively engage in topics that interest you, expand on ideas presented during the conference, and jump-start collaborations.

Here are the steps: 

(1) Please propose a topic for a breakout. We want the discussion to start!  Suggest new topics by posting a new discussion on the jinaceeFrontiers2018 wiki message board:

(2) Discuss topics at the meeting, try to convince people to join certain topics, or rally colleagues to start a new topic. There will be a board where participants can write suggested topics to discuss during the breakout session.

(3) At the onset of the unconference, we will all stand in one room, and whoever wishes to organize a topic will wave a sign (we will have signs prepared and you can create new ones). People will select their breakout topic by standing next to the organizer for that topic. The conference organizers will assist breakout groups in finding a space that is appropriate for their group size.  We have areas available for groups of various sizes to convene. Group sizes can vary from 2-3 to 20-30 (or more). There will be no projection equipment, but most larger groups will have a whiteboard with markers available.

(4) Participants can (and are encouraged to) change groups, create new groups, and change topics during the 3 hour period. Signs will tell them what the (current) topic of a given breakout group is. 

(5) The organizer (or a designee) of each breakout group (for groups of larger size) are encouraged to take notes of their group's discussion and to present a brief summary at the close-out of the conference.

Suitable topics
The agenda is participant-driven so anything related to JINA-CEE is a possible topic. Students and postdocs are welcome to organize sessions tailored to their interests.  For examples of topics, please see the unconference wiki from the 2017 & 2016 JINA-CEE Frontiers meetings: