Call for community proposals for Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings

INCF is calling for community proposals for Special Interest Group (SIG) and Working Group (WG) meetings to be held in Warsaw on 31 August 2019, the day before the Neuroinformatics Congress. The call is open both to new and existing INCF SIGs/WGs.

INCF is working to make neuroscience more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, interoperable, Reusable), by promoting the creation and uptake of standards and best practices in neuroscience, as applied to tools and infrastructure, and by running a community endorsement process for new and existing standards and best practices. SIGs have an important role in this process, as community-initiated groups where users and developers can meet to align interests, set up working groups and work collaboratively to develop, refine, and implement new community standards and best practices to be proposed for endorsement. The SIGs also serve as the focus for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices.

SIG meetings in Warsaw should aim to:

  • investigate the possibility to establish new SIGs (possible activities include: survey for possible members and group activities, draft a plan of activities from community input)
  • update community members on SIG activities and progress since last year (existing SIGs), invite community input
  • form Working Groups (possible activities include: general meeting, set deliverables (develop new or extend existing standards and best practices), work on an application for INCF Working Group funding


WG meetings in Warsaw should aim to:

  • update community members on SIG activities and progress since last year (existing WGs), invite community input, solicit new members


INCF will support both SIGs and Working Groups with meeting logistics at INCF-associated meetings during the upcoming year, as well as offer funding for Working Group activities. 

Please submit your proposals for SIG and WG meeting themes no later than May 1st. Note that the submitter is assumed to also be the meeting leader, unless otherwise stated. Any questions can be directed to Malin Sandström, malin@incf.org