This task force has finished its work. If you have questions about VIVO 2016 Conference, please contact Julia Trimmer. Thanks!


This task force organizes the 2016 VIVO Conference, which will be held in Denver Colorado, August 17-19, 2016 at the Marriott City Center.  The conference is coordinated by Designing Events with the help of the task force.


  • Everything needed to hold the 2016 conference, including, but not limited to:
    • A full program of keynotes, invited, contributed speakers, posters and workshops
    • All conference logistics including planning of food and beverage, signage, registration, collaboration dinner
    • All conference marketing and promotion, including email, print media, social media
    • All conference sponsorship
    • Conference recognition program, including two contests (apps and data)
  • Wrap-up and transition to the 2017 conference planning task force, including
    • Selection of site for the 2017 conference
    • Selection of the program and conference chairs for the 2017 conference
    • Posting of presentations and photographs from the 2016 conference


The task force will work all year up and through next year's conference.  A simplified/conceptual schedule is below.  A revised/detailed schedule will be available from Designing Events shortly,




Recruit task force members, conduct, review 2015 conference survey, post presentations and photographs from 2015 conference, review conference timeline


Review/finalize conference organization, meeting processes


Begin marketing and sponsorship work


Begin keynote invites
JanuaryBegin invited speaker solicitation, begin sponsor solicitation
FebruaryCall for workshops, papers and panels
MarchBegin reviewing abstracts, finalize workshops
AprilLate-breaking call for papers
MayCall for contest participants, finalize schedule
JuneRFP for 2017 location
JulySelect/conform 2017 location and dates
AugustWorkshop and conference



Julia Trimmer

Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez

Mike Conlon

Graham Triggs

Andi Ogier

Alex Viggio

Violeta Ilik

John Fereira

New this year

  • Run the conference as a task force.  Open participation by the community.  Year long process.  Materials gathered in the wiki for re-use.
  • Identify roles and responsibilities.  See Conference roles and responsibilities
  • Organize the conference work under several key rols – in the past we had just program chair and conference chair.  This year we are considering adding a marketing chair and sponsorship chair.  Each should have volunteers working with them.

Meeting Times


Communication Channels

  • The wiki will contain progress information

  • VIVO Updates emails as needed

  • Conference chairs brief the Steering Group as needed