2013 Call for Symposia, Morning Workshops, and Educational Courses
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED
All interested OHBM members are invited to submit an application for a scientific symposium, morning workshop or half-day/full-day educational course to be presented at the 2013 OHBM Annual Meeting that will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA, June 16-20, 2013. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:59 P.M. EST.
The application requires the following information:
Title of Session
Name(s) of Organizer(s)
Desired format: Choices are Symposium (75 min.), Morning Workshop (75 min.) or Educational Course (half-day or full-day).Organizers who select symposium may be asked to present a morning workshop instead.
Brief paragraph describing the timeliness and importance of the topic and the desired learning outcomes; the desired format and the advantage of addressing the topic in the chosen format; and presenter diversity, if applicable.
Name and e-mail for all presenters and organizers.
Title and brief summary of each presentation.
Scientific quality, the level of interest in the topic and appropriateness for the meeting are the primary selection criteria. For educational courses, the emphasis is on a clear and well-structured overview of established methods and recent advances. For morning workshops, topics with an educational component are important, as well as topics that are potentially controversial and likely to spur audience discussion and participation. For symposia, novelty and general scientific interest are most important.
Diversity of topics across proposals (if two proposals on a similar topic are received, it is likely that only one will be selected). Proposals that address health and disease in order to increase the dialogue between basic and clinical neuroscientists are encouraged, as they increase the diversity of topics.
Diversity of presenters: organizers are encouraged to include presenters of diverse genders and nationalities and under-represented minorities. In the overview paragraph of the application, please highlight speaker diversity, if applicable. Applicants are strongly encouraged to invite presenters from other institutions and laboratories.
Important Note: Morning workshops and symposia will be held between June 17 and 20 (inclusive). Because scheduling cannot be guaranteed, organizers and morning workshop and symposia presenters must commit to availability for this entire period. All educational courses will take place on June 16, 2013 and educational course organizers and presenters must be available on this day. Before submitting the proposal, agreement to participate must be obtained from all presenters. The Program Committee reserves the right to independently contact presenters to verify compliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I submit a symposia, morning workshop or educational course?
The three types of sessions differ in their goals. The goal of symposia is to present the most recent advances in a topic of general scientific interest. The goal of morning workshops is similar, but with a larger educational component, including encouraging audience discussion of topics and tackling controversies in the field. The goal of educational courses is to instruct attendees on both established methods and recent advances in the field and how they may apply them to their own research.
What are the format differences between the different session types?
Symposia and morning workshops are presented in a 75 minute window during the main meeting (June 17-20) with four presenters maximum. Only one symposium is presented at a time in a large lecture hall; morning workshops are presented in parallel (4 workshops at a time) in smaller lecture halls. Educational courses are presented on the Sunday before the meeting (June 16) and are either half-day (5-7 presenters, 4 hours) or full-day (10 – 14 presenters, 8 hours). For the 2012 meeting, there were 3 member-organized symposia, 16 workshops, and 6 educational courses.
What do presenters/organizers receive?
Symposia and Morning Workshop presenters and session organizers do not receive compensation/honoraria and they must pay for their own meeting registration, travel and lodging.
Education presenters will receive a honoraria of $150 USD with no further compensation. Education course presenters and organizers must pay for their own meeting registration, travel and lodging. Organizers should make this clear to prospective presenters.
When will the proposal review take place?
The Scientific Program Committee will review applications at its November meeting. Decisions on acceptance will be sent via email in November or early December.
I need more information
To view sample session descriptions and schedules, please see the 2012 schedule of morning workshops, symposia and educational courses. For more information on the purpose of educational courses, please review the Education Program FAQ. For additional information, please contact the OHBM Executive Office at email@example.com.