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SfN 2010 information on "nanosymposia"

Dear Auditory List,

As a member of the Program Committee for the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2010, I write to call your attention to the relatively new "nanosymposia" mechanism. These are more or less self-assembling, and replace the previous slide sessions.  In the past, auditory slide sessions at SfN have been few and far between.  Poster sessions have their place, but talk sessions have the potential to reach a larger and potentially broader audience, and I personally would like to see the auditory community take full advantage of this mechanism.  (Surely I am not the only short, achy-footed auditory neuroscientist who would like to sit down and listen once in a while!) 

SfN has developed a matching forum to help different groups identify thematically-related abstracts.  Links and information below!

Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708


Spread the Word About Nanosymposia 
Start collaborating with your colleagues now! Use the Nanosymposium Topic Matching Forum to seek potential collaborators from other labs and form a linking group ahead of abstract submission.
Abstract submission opens April 22, and the deadline is May 13, 5 p.m. ET.

Nanosymposia are an exciting way for abstract submitters to create and propose slide-based sessions. Submitters can link presentations together with colleagues, the way poster presenters do, to form their own session.

Similar to a symposium, a nanosymposium consists of abstracts from multiple labs with a common topical interest. View guidelines.

For more information, e-mail program@xxxxxxx.

Learn more:


How is a nanosymposium different from a slide session?
Nanosymposium sessions have replaced slide sessions within the program.

In many ways, there is no difference between what was once known as a slide session and a nanosymposium. A session still consists of a group of about 10 to 12 topically-matched abstracts, with each abstract presented for 15 minutes (10-minute slide presentation, plus five minutes for questions from the audience).

A primary difference, however, is that participants can now suggest the composition of their own sessions at the submission stage, by using the “Linking Group” feature within the abstract submission site.

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How do I submit?

  • Talk to your Colleagues Now. Make contact with the labs you collaborate with, spread the word about nanosymposia, and suggest that they agree to join your nanosymposium group when submitting their abstracts for Neuroscience 2010.

  • Select “Nanosymposium Preferred.” When submitting an abstract online, you will have the choice to select “Poster Only” or “Nanosymposium Preferred” for your presentation preference. Select "Nanosymposium Preferred."  

  • Use Linking Groups. The “Linking Group” feature within the abstract submission site is nothing new. Poster presenters have used this tool in the past to convey to the Program Committee that all submissions with the same Linking Group should be grouped in the same poster session. What’s new this year is that the Linking Group tool can be used not just for poster sessions, but also to suggest nanosymposium sessions. If suggesting a nanosymposium group, provide a brief explanation why their results are important and why this would make for a great nanosymposium. The first submitter of the Linking Group is given a Linking Group name. Give that name to your colleagues for inclusion in their own abstract submissions.

  • Don’t have a Linking Group? Don’t worry! Just select “Nanosymposium Preferred“ to convey your presentation preference. The Program Committee still reviews all individual abstract submissions and creates thematically-coherent groups, in addition to considering submitter-proposed groups.

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Points to consider before submitting

  • Individual presentations in a nanosymposium MUST be topically related and not just a collection of presentations from one lab. Furthermore, to promote diversity of opinion, no more than two abstracts from any one lab should be in a given nanosymposium.

  • Forming a linking group with other presenters on a similar topic makes it more likely that a nansymposium is formed. For individual abstract submissions to the “Nanosymposium Preferred” category, there is no guarantee that enough presentations on a given topic will be submitted to form a coherent session.

  • The Program Committee reserves the right to add other appropriate abstracts to any session or to not accept the nanosymposium proposal.

  • Nanosymposium groups that are not programmed will be reassigned as a poster session; the linking group will still remain intact for poster sessioning consideration. Please remember, however, that Linking Groups are not guaranteed. The Program Committee holds the right to prioritize the thematic cohesion of the scientific program over grouping preference.