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NeurIPS 2023 Call for Socials

We are very happy to announce our call for Socials at the upcoming NeurIPS 2023.

Socials are an excellent opportunity for our community to meet up, discuss, collaborate, debate, or celebrate around a common interest. We solicit proposals from all registered NeurIPS attendees on any social topic of common interest within our community.

The Socials are intended to be focused on the social aspects of the conference, rather than the technical one, like Workshops or Tutorials. Organizers interested in planning events targeted at an affinity group (e.g., WiML, Black in AI, LatinX in AI, Queer in AI, New in ML, {Dis}Ability in AI, Muslims in ML, Indigenous in AI) should apply to Affinity Workshops and Socials. 

If you are interested in organizing a social event, but don't have a fully fleshed out idea or a co-organizer, please email us at! We'll try to match people up. For inspiration, you can find past social events run at ICML 2020NeurIPS 2020NeurIPS 2021 and NeurIPS 2022.


  1. The proposers must provide a paragraph with the scope of the social. 
  2. Each proposal must be backed by at least two organizers from different institutions who will be responsible for the organization of the event. Proposals with organizers from a single institution will be rejected.
  3. Organizers and their guests must be registered participants of NeurIPS at the time of the event.

What makes a good social event? While our vision is to have a broad range of social events that are as diverse as possible, it should be helpful to also consider the following soft criteria:

  • Diversity and inclusion:
    We aim to host a diverse range of events that represent all parts of the NeurIPS community, and also to help visibility of underrepresented minorities. In line with this goal, all socials should be accessible for everyone that wishes to participate.
  • Reasonably broad appeal:
    Each event should appeal to at least 150-200 participants.
  • Focus on social aspects:
    Rather than providing a stage for regular research talks, events should attempt to create a less formal environment that encourages discussion between all attendees. Open debates, round-table discussions, hands-on tutorials (e.g. presentation skills, public speaking), coaching sessions and other forms of academic speed dating are encouraged.
  • Get creative with the topics:
    There are numerous interests that connect us both within and beyond machine learning and AI, and we’d be thrilled to host social events organized around less technical topics.
  • Event types:
    Proposers can select their Social to be run in-person only.

What we provide

The selected Socials will be hosted as official events of the NeurIPS 2023 programme. (schedule to be determined). Socials should last no more than three hours. The number of in-person socials will be constrained by the venue capacity. The room capacity for the event will be 300/400 or 800/1000.

Code of conduct

Being part of NeurIPS 2023, social events are subject to the general code of conduct of the meeting.

Important dates

  • Deadline: September 5, 2023 (AoE)
  • Notification (first round): September 18, 2023 (AoE)
  • Notification (second round): October 18, 2023 (AoE)

How to apply

Please provide a 1-page pdf file including the names and institutions of the organizers, along with a short description of the activities planned at the proposed social event considering the requirements. Please include how many participants you expect and if you need any video/audio  equipment, or tables and chairs. Proposals will be evaluated by a small committee led by the social chairs.

Applications should be sent to: 


If you need any information, please feel free to contact us at:

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

The Social co-chairs

Alessandra Tosi (Mind Foundry)
Animesh Garg (Georgia Institute of Technology)