Call for Workshop Proposals is Now Open

We’re thrilled to gather in-person in Phoenix, AZ on June 12–15, 2023, as we explore new possibilities, the latest tools and ground-breaking strategies in our rapidly evolving environment.

Knowledge and peer-tested strategies from learning and development leaders like you will help the life sciences training community prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. LTEN seeks proposals that reflect sound adult learning principles and the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research and practice.

All proposals will be evaluated by the Workshop Review Committee based on the following five criteria:

  1. Ability to inspire action or proven action with results
  2. Originality
  3. Overall Quality
  4. Program Design
  5. Relevance specific to life sciences learning and development

Important Dates:

  • Call for Submissions Open: November 30, 2022
  • Call for Submissions Close: January 30, 2023
  • Workshop Review Period: February 1 – February 24, 2023
  • Announce Acceptance Selection: March 8, 2023
  • Announce Declines: March 15, 2023
  • Announce Logistics – Time, Date & Location of Sessions: March 24, 2023

New Open Office Hours! Have conference-related questions? Join us every Wednesday from 4-5 PM ET to get your questions answered by the LTEN team. Add to your calendar.

You can also use the chat tool on this page or email us at workshops@L-TEN.org.

New Open Office Hours!

Have conference-related questions? ✋ Join us every Wednesday from 4-5 PM ET to get your questions answered by the LTEN team. Add to your calendar

LTEN Annual Conference Workshop Guidelines

Please read this document carefully.
All guidelines and information requested is supplied within.

When suggesting a workshop, please note:

  • You may submit up to two workshops for consideration.
  • You are submitting for a 60-minute in-person workshop.
  • If selected, LTEN will schedule the date and time of your presentation. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate date and time preferences.

Workshop Description and Learning Objectives

The workshop description and learning objectives are critical parts of your proposal since they are the basis for how conference attendees will choose which sessions to attend.

  • The description should be specific and succinct so that readers can quickly grasp what the session is about and how it will help them.
  • The learning objectives should be concise and clear and offer achievable goals that will give participants new information or ideas.

Workshop Formats

You will need to select one of the following formats upon submission:

  • Interactive Discussion: Sessions should be interactive, providing innovative content without the excessive use of PowerPoint or lecture style format. Sessions should provide in-depth coverage on a particular topic rather than trying to cover too much general material.
  • Skills Development: Sessions provide the “nuts and bolts” on a variety of issues in learning. The format may incorporate hands-on learning or be discussion focused.
  • Case Study: Pharma, bio, device, and diagnostic companies share their first-person accounts of strategies and programs that work.
  • Thought Leader Panel: Experts and practitioners offer similar and opposing views on relevant topics in training. Includes meaningful Q&A time.
  • Best Practice Roundtable: Informal format provides the opportunity to network and share challenges, resources, and approaches to tackling a hot topic or specific area of interest.

You will be asked to supply the following information for each workshop:

For the Presenter/Primary Speaker:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Phone
  • LTEN Membership Status
  • Previously Spoken at LTEN
  • Biography

For each Co-Presenter:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Phone

For each workshop that you would like to submit, we will request the following information:

  • Workshop Title (200 characters max)
  • Workshop Summary Description (750 characters max)
  • Workshop Full Description (10,000 characters max)
  • Three Learning Objectives (100 characters max each)
  • Workshop Track (select two)
  • Workshop Format
  • Workshop Length (60- or 90-minute)
  • Workshop Level – target audience (core, intermediate or advanced)
  • Workshop Topic and relevance to audience
  • Plan for engaging learners during workshop

Workshops – 1 Hour or 90-Minutes

Workshops will be 60- or 90-minutes in length. These learning sessions are meant to facilitate in-depth discussion and provide participants with practical, actionable tactics.

You will need to select one of the following formats upon submission:

Interactive Discussion: Sessions should be interactive, providing innovative content without the excessive use of PowerPoint or lecture style format. Sessions should provide in-depth coverage on a particular topic rather than trying to cover too much general material.

Skills Development: Sessions provide the “nuts and bolts” on a variety of issues in learning. The format may incorporate hands-on learning or be discussion focused.

Case Study: Pharma, bio, device, and diagnostic companies share their first-person accounts of strategies and programs that work.

Thought Leader Panel: Experts and practitioners offer similar and opposing views on relevant topics in training. Includes meaningful Q&A time.

Best Practice Roundtable: Informal format provides the opportunity to network and share challenges, resources, and approaches to tackling a hot topic or specific area of interest. immediately.

All accepted workshop presenters must register for the LTEN Annual Conference.

  • Each content leader must register for the conference and may use the discount code for $200 off the price of registration, which will be provided upon notification of selection.
  • Those registered at the time of selection will not be eligible for a refund for the speaker’s discount.
  • Presenters will be responsible for all individual travel and lodging costs. In the event of exceptions (such as Exhibitor staff) registration may be handled differently.

This year, hundreds of training professionals and leaders will attend workshops and Learning Labs with the hopes of finding smart, proven strategies to bring back to their own classrooms.

A Glance at LTEN Members

Titles/Positions of Members

  • Field Trainer – 10.29%
  • Trainer / Educator – 29.41%
  • Director/VP of Training – 35.29%
  • Other Life Science Company Training Professional (e.g., instructional designer, LMS admin, etc.) – 7.35%
  • Other – 5.15%

Areas of Focus

  • Medical Device or Diagnostics – 31.06%
  • Pharmaceutical or Biotech – 65.91%
  • Non-Commercial, Non-Sales Training – 5.3%
  • Commercial-Focused/Sales Training – 25%

Years in Training

  • Less than 1 year – 15.44%
  • 1-3 years – 14.71%
  • 3-5 years – 8.09%
  • More than 5 years – 61.76%

Training Team Sizes

  • 5 or fewer – 44.78%
  • 6-15 – 29.10%
  • 16-30 – 12.69%
  • 31-45 – 3.73%
  • 46 or more – 8.21%
  • Other – 1.49%

Five Decades Life Sciences Training Excellence

LTEN — Advancing Global Life Sciences Learning

The LTEN Annual Conference is a valued industry gathering, where event participants craft their personalized learning journeys with content-specific learning tracks, micro-Learning Labs, keynotes, LTEN Talks, an exhibit hall with top training partners and countless opportunities to connect with other life sciences L&D practitioners from across the globe.

We are excited to host our flagship event at the gorgeous JW Desert Ridge in Phoenix in 2023.

Five Decades Life Sciences Training Excellence

LTEN — Advancing Global Life Sciences Learning

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (www.L-TEN.org) is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies, offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities.

Founded in 1971 , LTEN (originally the National Society for Pharmaceutical Sales Trainers, NSPST for short) has grown to more than 3,500 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, biopharma, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.

LTEN also serves a growing community of professionals in non-commercial disciplines including clinical, manufacturing, compliance, regulatory, quality and GxP training roles.

Career Success

What do you want to be when you grow up? Are your ambitions clear – and do you know how to get there? This track will cover the fundamentals of advancing your career, from the art of persuasion to networking, to personal branding. This track will also address topics like engaging in a matrix environment, mentorships, skill building and work-life balance. Take this opportunity to step back from thinking about your immediate professional demands and make sure you have the clarity and skills to achieve career goals.

Customer Engagement & Selling in a Matrix Environment

Sales models are constantly changing, and external factors such as managed care, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and a compliance-driven environment complicate business-as-usual approaches. How do you reach and engage your customer in this multi-faceted environment? What new selling skills are needed? This track will explore engaging with your first line leaders to create an effective partnership to pull through your training initiatives. This track will help you move forward with confidence – without missing a beat when it comes to sales productivity.

Field Training

Are you a high performer on a development path to expand your skills as a field trainer? If so, join us in this track to develop your training skills, optimize training in the field, learn coaching and mentoring techniques, and discover new ways to lead without authority. Whether you are a field-based trainer full or part time, or you work with field-based trainers on execution, this track is for you.

Healthcare Reform and Marketplace Access

In this workshop series, you will have an opportunity to learn about the ever-changing marketplace access, including recent policy changes and proposals. Examine how these changes impact the life science industry from the physician’s and payor’s perspective.

Impact & Measurement

Demonstrating a return on investment can be a trainer’s biggest challenge – yet, done well it can be a trainer’s best friend. Measuring impact and effectiveness is central to the justification of budget and programming and will help define just how meaningful learning and development is within your organization. This track will cover topics including process methodology, data and analytics through a learning and performance impact lens amid a technology-driven culture.

Instructional Design & Delivery

How do you make your learning courses engaging to trainees? How do you transfer new knowledge and skills to the field? What is the right blend of media? This track offers tips, skills, and strategies for curriculum development, classroom management, and course evaluation – and everything in between.

Management & Leadership Development

In this workshop series, you will find the keys to developing great managers, but also great leaders. Starting with understanding effective leadership behaviors, you will focus on coaching techniques and how to empower and inspire others as well as interviewing skills, engagement, and emotional intelligence. This track is a must if you want to master the “lead by example” part while also developing others to go beyond the basics of their role and on to a path of professional refinement and aspiration.

Medical Device & Diagnostics Training

The Medical Device & Diagnostic track will focus on the training methods, strategies and skills needed for success in the ever-changing life science landscape. Best practices, tools and tactics that address the unique challenges of the MD&D training professional will be included. We will also explore new and evolving technology and the latest trends that make training more efficient and effective.

Partner Sponsored

At LTEN, we are fortunate to have so many amazing training partners who specialize in training solutions for the life sciences. In these sessions, they lend their expertise and share with you insights on a wide range of topics.

Quality, Research & Development, Medical (QRDM) Training

If you work includes developing, delivering or sourcing training for R&D, clinical, manufacturing, quality, regulatory or compliance personnel, then this track is tailor-made for you. Explore sessions on program development, identifying & qualifying trainers, correcting human error, GxPs, (cGMP, GLP, GTP, GDP, etc.), product submissions, regulatory compliance, audit readiness risk, and more!

Strategic Account Management

If your team has Key Account Managers, this is the training track you need! Focusing on the business of strategic selling skills in healthcare, this track includes essential topics such as critical thinking, business acumen, strategic business planning, selling in a matrix team, influencing the C-Suite, and other similar topics to help equip your Key Account Managers with the advanced skills senior sales professionals need. While sometimes confused with Market Access, this track focuses on training to drive sales performance from your Key Account Manager teams and their leaders.

Virtual Learning, Tools, Techniques & Technologies

Mobile, digital, and distance learning is no longer new, or revolutionary. But training departments continue to be embroiled in figuring out how to evaluate the various and constantly changing options as well as how to best integrate new applications.

Technology is so pervasive and fast-moving in every aspect of daily life and in business that we had to give this a completely separate track. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the newest tech out there and how your peers are using it new ways.

Questions about the LTEN call for workshops submission process, need help with submitting your application or have other questions, please email Christine Gaudet, LTEN director of events at cgaudet@L-TEN.org.