Call for Symposia


The Program Committee is issuing a call for symposia. The first three International Brain Stimulation Conferences were each greatly successful due, in part, to outstanding symposia. We hope to expand on this tradition in Kyoto, creating a meeting that remains true to the multidisciplinary mission of our official journal, Brain Stimulation.

The program will include 30 distinct 2-hour symposia, along with 12 plenary lectures, 3 poster sessions, and 4 Meet the Expert workshops.

How to Propose a Symposium

Each symposium is two hours long and should involve no more or less than four speakers. Typically, the organizer summarizes the symposium theme for 5 minutes, followed by four speakers of 20 minutes each, leaving time for questions and audience participation. Symposium organizers may also be one of the 4 speakers. Deputy editors may propose symposia.

Each symposium organizer should complete a submission on the meeting website that includes an abstract summarizing the content of overall symposium. This  abstract is unstructured, but would likely include a few sentences describing the background and why the question is important. The titles of the individual lectures and who will give them are also described. In addition, each of the presenters in the symposium must complete a separate web-based submission, including an abstract and identification of the symposium linked to their presentation. Presenters should indicate whether they will accept a poster presentation, if the symposium is not selected.

The final due date for symposium proposals and individual abstracts is 25 June 2021.

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 September deadline and the final program is decided.

The Program Committee will give priority to symposia that reflect themes of deep interest to the brain stimulation community and do not duplicate other proposals.  Consideration will also be given to gender, geographic, and age-into-career diversity, as well as diversity in the technologies examined. 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.

At the Third International Brain Stimulation Conference in Vancouver, we received more outstanding symposia proposals than could be accommodated in the program. As an experiment, we introduced “Fast Track Symposia,” where two symposia, addressing similar topics, were combined into one two-hour slot (i.e., 8 speakers, each 15 minutes). These symposia proved popular and were well attended. If necessary, for the Kyoto meeting, we will offer the same solution to specific symposium organizers .

The conference budget does not allow for travel reimbursement for symposia presenters, but each symposium speaker (but not organizers, unless they also speak) receives waived registration fees.

We look forward to receiving many 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 Kyoto.