Call for Interactive Learning Sessions (ILS) for the 11th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas

The TEPHINET Advisory Scientific Committee (TASC) is accepting concept notes for Interactive Learning Sessions (ILS) to be presented at the 11th TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas. This year’s conference theme is: This is what we train for: Field epidemiologists as first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference’s official language is Spanish. 

What is an Interactive Learning Session (ILS)?

An interactive learning session (ILS) is similar to a workshop. The session is led by a facilitator, has clear learning objectives, and is focused on providing opportunities for learners to engage with the material. TEPHINET Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas ILSs can be given in Spanish, English, Portuguese, or French. Please note that most conference participants will prefer Spanish. 

What kinds of ILSs is the TASC looking for?

While all ILS submissions will be considered, the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement
  • Evaluation and Implementation Science
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Social Science Applied to Field Investigations
  • Scientific Writing and Communication
  • Case Study Development
  • Grant Proposal Writing

ILSs should be clearly relevant to the conference theme and to our conference participants throughout the Americas region. All content should be tailored to the Americas region’s culture and context. 

What format will these ILSs take?

Interactive Learning Sessions will be offered on the first day of the conference, Tuesday, October 19, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) in an online, completely virtual format. Proposed sessions must meet the specified quality standards described here and in the concept note submission form.

How can ILS facilitators apply?

Please submit a concept note (in English) at this link before July 9, 2021.

If you require assistance translating your concept note into English, please contact Elena Atkinson at eatkinson [at] tephinet [dot] org.

Important Dates

Concept note submission deadline: July 9, 2021
Decision notification date: August 6, 2021

Review Process

The TASC, in consultation with the Planning Committee, will select the final ILSs for presentation at the conference. The two committees will weigh several factors, including overall quality, relevance, conference suitability, and capacity.

Financial Considerations
There are no costs associated with hosting an ILS.   
For questions about event logistics, please contact Ms. Amber Ellithorpe, TEPHINET Events Manager, at aellithorpe [at] tephinet [dot] org.