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Call for Symposia

The AChemS Program Committee invites your proposals for Symposia at the 2023 Annual Meeting. Symposia are the major forum for oral presentations on the latest developments in areas of significance to the broader chemical senses community. They also introduce new or provocative ideas, technical innovations and growth areas for interdisciplinary or translational science. This year the AChemS Program Committee is making a renewed effort to include junior investigators and trainees in symposia, including as speakers, organizers, and chairs. Symposia proposals from members at all career stages are welcome, as are creative ways to include participation from members early in their chemosensory research careers. Please consider including trainees as co-chairs, introductory speakers, designated conversation starters, or other roles in addition to serving as a traditional speaker.

Symposia Criteria:
Focus on exciting, newly-emerging areas of research with high-quality and high-impact scientific content Selection of topics of broad interest to the chemosensory community Inclusion of speaker(s) who may work outside the field of chemical senses and/or are first-time, non-member AChemS attendees Promotion of diversity by including participants from underrepresented groups in chemosensory science Inclusion of junior investigators or trainees in symposium content and/or development

Symposia Composition: All symposia will be 120 minutes in length. Symposia should include a designated Chair (or co-Chairs), who must be an AChemS member in good standing. The proposer may serve as Chair but is not required to. Symposium proposals should include up to four (4) invited speakers, which may include the Chair(s), of whom at least one speaker must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member. We encourage the inclusion of up to two speakers who would be first-time attendees to AChemS and/or who may work outside of the chemical senses. The participation of all invited speakers must be confirmed prior to the submission of the proposal. Proposers are encouraged to include elements of format and content that promote the thematic coherence of the symposium, such as content-rich introductions, coordinated introductory and discussion slides within the talks, or well-organized panel discussions.

Symposia Format Example:

Speaker Example
Introduction Symposium Chair(s) 10 Minutes
First Speaker 25 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A
Second Speaker Grad Student, Postdoc, Jr. Faculty 15 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A
Third Speaker 25 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A
Forth Speaker 25 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A

Evaluation: In evaluating proposals, the AChemS Program Committee will favor criteria 1- 5 above. Successful symposia will be interdisciplinary, integrated, synergistic and include multiple model systems. Symposia should comprise a slate of speakers that balances career stage and gender, and preferably, includes a maximum of 2 first-time AChemS attendee(s). Symposia should not serve as an opportunity to primarily showcase the work of the symposia organizers and their lab members.

Funding: To promote participation across disciplines and to attract new investigators to the Annual Meeting, funds will be available to cover registration fees and provide up to $2000 for travel expenses for first-time, non-member attendee speakers. Maximum of $4,000 per symposia.

Submission: The submission form requires the following information:

  • Symposium Title.
  • Names and affiliations of the symposium chair(s), who must be an AChemS member(s) in good standing.
  • A one paragraph synopsis of the symposium theme.
  • The names, affiliations and tentative talk titles for the confirmed speakers.
  • Up to three paragraphs that highlights how the proposed symposium meets the review criteria above.
  • Potential sponsors including corporations, non-profit organizations or government agencies.

Acceptance: Symposia chairs will be notified of the Program Committee's decision in October.

Please address any questions to:
Dr. Yanina Pepino, Program Chair
[email protected]
AChemS 2023 Annual Meeting