2022 CWL Conference (Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2022)

We are happy to announce the online 2022 Common Workflow Language Conference!

Please join us if you are a:
  • User of CWL, at any scale or complexity

  • Workflow engine developer

  • Sysadmin, operation, and/or devops person who is running CWL workflows in production

  • Participant in the CWL ecosystem

  • …Or if you just want to learn more about CWL

Over the week of Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2022 there will be three 4-hour long sessions of talks and discussions. The session times were scheduled to make them accessible to our global community. We expect that any person could join for up to two of these sessions; please join us when you can. That is the great benefit of virtual conferences!


(click the links below to see the session in your time zone)

Session 1 (Americas-EMEA friendly time)

Monday, February 28 09:00 - 13:00 US EST

Monday, February 28 14:00 - 18:00 UTC

Monday, February 28 23:00 - Tuesday, March 1 03:00 Japanese Standard Time

Session 2 (EMEA-APAC friendly time)

Wednesday, March 2 02:00 - 06:00 US EST

Wednesday, March 2 07:00 - 11:00 UTC

Wednesday, March 2 16:00 - 20:00 Japanese Standard Time

Session 3 (APAC-Americas friendly time)

Thursday, March 3 19:00 - 23:00 US EST

Friday, March 4 00:00 - 04:00 UTC

Friday, March 4 09:00 - 13:00 Japanese Standard Time

Sessions will be focused on discussion and interaction and there will be opportunities for chat outside of those moments as well. All registered participants will be contacted again with details regarding the final schedule and connection instructions for the virtual conferencing and chat systems.

Sign up to participate (and optionally submit a talk)

Participation in the CWL Conference is completely free!

The sign up form is here.

Please use it to:

  • Pick the sessions you will be able to attend.
  • Sign up to present your talk in one of our sessions.
  • Share what topics and session formats would be most useful or of the most interest to you. We want to customize the sessions based on your ideas!

If Google Forms are not accessible for you, please email conference@commonwl.org with answers to the questions below.
(Questions 5-10 apply to anyone who is interested in giving a talk at the conference)

  1. E-mail address
  2. Your name
  3. What affiliation of yours should we share with the other participants (name of your workplace, school, project, etc.)?
  4. Which sessions will you attending? (see the list above)
  5. What is the title of your presentation?
  6. Please provide the name(s) of the author(s) separated by a comma.
  7. What length of talk(s) are you interested in giving? (5, 10, and/or 15 minutes)
  8. In which session would you like to present your talk? Pick only one.
  9. Please provide a small paragraph summary of your presentation (suggested length: ~ 150 words).
  10. Please share any useful links related to your presentation (repositories, project pages etc.) separated by a comma.
  11. Do you have suggestions of a panel session you would like to have or lead during the conference?
  12. Any other comments or questions?

We want to have presentations from you, the CWL community. Presentations can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes long and will be pre-recorded and publicly available before the conference.

This event, like all CWL events, will be subject to the CWL Code Of Conduct. Please let us know if you need any accessibility accommodations for this conference such as live captioning. We will be having talk videos captioned and available beforehand.

If you have any questions, email us at conference@commonwl.org. See you at the conference!

Sarah (@swzaranek), Peter (@tetron), Michael (@mrc), and Melissa (@melibleq)

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Hello everyone! If you haven’t signed up yet and are able to join the conference, please use this form!

If you have an idea of a talk you would like to give in one of the conference sessions, just submit that same form again. Hope to see you there!

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How to participate in the CWL Conference

(Please make sure you are signed up ahead of time)

We recommend doing this the day before your first session.

Please join our Matrix Space https://matrix.to/#/#cwl:matrix.org and then go into the “CWL Conference” room.

If you haven’t used Matrix before then follow these instructions:

  1. Choose the “Element” App if you don’t have a Matrix client already.

  2. You can download the native Element app for your operating system if you want, but choosing to “Continue in your browser” is fine.

  3. From the Element native app, or browser session choose "Join"And then “create an account” using your own Google, GitHub, or GitLab, account.

  4. Now that you’re signed in, join the “CWL Conference” room.

Tech support

If you have any questions during the conference itself, for example you are having technical difficulties, then please contact us in the CWL Conference room or use the CWL Gitter chat room as a backup.


Please post about the CWL conference to your social networks using the official hashtags: #CWLcon2022 & #CommonWL


Before and after each session you are welcome to chat using voice, video, or text with the other participants in the “CWL Conference” room.

Sustaining the Common Workflow Language project

The 2022 CWL Conference is free of charge and we invite you to donate 50 USD or more to the CWL project via our fiscal host, Software Freedom Conservancy, to support the continued development of the CWL standards, community, and educational material.