Call for Affinity Workshops

By Arjun Subramonian, Kehinde Aruleba, and Sunipa Dev


We are calling for affinity groups to host workshops and/or socials at NeurIPS 2022. NeurIPS 2022 will take place Monday November 28, 2022 through Friday December 9, 2022 and will be a hybrid conference with a physical component in New Orleans during the first week and a virtual component in the second week.

Goal of Affinity Workshops

The main aim of workshops is to encourage people to showcase their work and step into the NeurIPS community. Unlike other workshops, affinity group workshops are more loosely defined and meant to promote diversity and inclusion. The idea of having affinity group workshops is to establish research communities out of affinity groups and raise awareness of the challenges faced by them. Furthermore, affinity group socials provide safe, inclusive spaces for members of affinity groups to socialize and network.

Previously, affinity groups like Women in Machine Learning, Queer in AI, Black in AI, LatinX in AI, {Dis}Ability in AI, Indigenous Protocols in AI, Muslims in ML, and Jews in ML have organized workshops and socials at NeurIPS. In this call, we welcome applications from all kinds of affinity groups.

Affinity workshops will have physical components (if applicable) take place November 28-29, 2022, which will overlap with expos. Virtual components will take place on December 5, 2022, and overlap with virtual tutorials.

Workshops may include but are not limited to one or more of the following: Keynote talks, Lightning talks, Panels, Poster presentations, Discussions and Art exhibits.

Every group considering submitting a workshop must read the Affinity Workshops and Socials Call NeurIPS 2022,  which describes the philosophy behind hosting workshops, affinity group socials, joint poster sessions, selection criteria and process, format for proposals, and other frequently asked questions.

Submission Instructions

You can send the proposal to the Affinity Workshops team ( in the form of a PDF file. Important dates for workshop submissions:

  •       Workshop Application Open – April 19, 2022
  •       Workshop Application Deadline – May 27, 2022 AOE
  •       Workshop Acceptance Notification – May 30, 2022 AOE