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.
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Durham, NC 27708
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
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.
How is a nanosymposium different from a slide
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
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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