The Program Committee is issuing a call for symposia. The first two meetings were a great success and we hope to expand on that in Vancouver by creating a meeting that remains true to the multidisciplinary mission of our official journal, Brain Stimulation.
The scientific program will have a plenary award lecture and individual plenary lectures either chaired or given by each of the senior editors. We seek additional involvement from the broader community in the form of organized symposia. The program will have 16 different 2-hour symposia, along with sessions of free oral communications, posters, and Meet the Expert workshops. There will be industry-sponsored symposia on the Sunday before the meeting, and breakfast meetings.
How to Propose a Symposium
Each symposium is two hours long and should involve no more than four speakers. Typically, the organizer will present the symposium theme for 5 minutes, followed by four speakers of 20 minutes each, leaving time for questions and audience participation. Symposia organizers may also be one of the 4 speakers in their symposium. Deputy editors are also able to propose symposia.
Each symposium organizer will need to present an overall symposium abstract which is available on the website. This is unstructured, but would likely include a sentence or two describing the background and why the question is important. They would then describe the individual lectures and who will give them. Each of the presenters will also need to submit structured abstracts and indicate on them if they are part of a larger symposium proposal. Presenters should also indicate whether they wish to be considered for free oral communications if the symposium is not selected and whether they would be willing to have the information presented in poster form if there are insufficient oral slots.
The final due date for symposia proposals and abstracts is 21 September 2018.
Symposium organizers are encouraged to contact members of the Scientific Program Committee to discuss potential symposia, but all discussions are non-binding until after the October deadline and the final program is decided.
The Program Committee will give priority to symposia that do not duplicate other proposals and that reflect gender, geographic and age into career diversity as well as various aspects of the brain stimulation community. For example, a symposium about TMS as an antidepressant, with an organizer and four speakers who are all men that are senior in their career and come from Charleston, SC, would receive lower priority than would a proposal from a mixture of men and women, some junior in their career, from different countries, tackling not just depression trials, but a topic that transcends TMS and depression, such as durability of TMS effects across different conditions, and includes a talk involving animal studies or basic mechanisms.
The conference budget does not allow for travel reimbursement for symposia presenters, although speakers (but unfortunately not organizers, unless they also speak) will receive waived registration fees.
We look forward to receiving some outstanding symposia proposals. Think broadly and creatively about the deep, controversial, or hot new issues in our field and let us have a great meeting in Vancouver.