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Call for Symposia

Symposia Submission Deadline: September 9, 2024.

The AChemS Program Committee invites proposals for Symposia at the 2025 Annual Meeting. Symposia are the major forum for oral presentations on the latest developments in areas of significance to the broader chemical senses community and they are an opportunity to introduce new or provocative ideas, technical innovations and growth areas for interdisciplinary or translational science.

We encourage symposia proposals covering bold new ideas, from members at all career stages, as well as creative ways to include participation from members early in their chemosensory research careers. Please consider including trainees as co-chairs, introductory speakers or other roles in addition to serving as a traditional speaker. Symposia will be chosen to balance topics across the chemical senses, range of model organisms and human studies, and selection will prioritize new-to-AChemS themes and content.

Symposia Criteria:
We ask that proposals focus on bold, exciting, newly-emerging areas of research with high-quality and high-impact scientific content. Topics should be of broad interest to the chemosensory community.

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 5 invited speakers which may include the Chair(s). Among the 5 should be included a new and/or emerging investigator (grad student, postdoc, faculty member in their first year or two of starting independence). If the Chair(s) can not identify a speaker for this position, the Chair(s) should note “to be selected among abstracts by the Program Committee” in their symposium submission.

We encourage, but do not require, the inclusion of at least 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) 5 Minutes
First Speaker 20 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A
Second Speaker New / Emerging Investigator 15 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A
Third Speaker 20 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A
Forth Speaker 20 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A
Fifth Speaker 20 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A

Evaluation: Successful symposia will focus on key issues and new developments in chemosensory science, and include a diverse panel of speakers (including scientists from historically underepresented groups, and who represent a range of career stages). Symposia will be chosen to represent a balance of topics and range of model organisms and human studies and selection will prioritize new-to-AChemS themes and content. Symposia serving to primarily showcase the work of the symposia organizers and their lab members will not be considered.

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 $1,500 for travel expenses for first-time, non-member attendee speakers. Maximum of $3,000 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.
  • 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. Dan Wesson, Program Chair
[email protected]
AChemS 2025 Annual Meeting