The ARO Program Committee is now welcoming the submission of proposals for Symposia, Workshops, and Young Investigator Symposia for the 2017 MidWinter. The deadline is April 15, 2016, 5pm Central Standard Time in the USA.
Symposia are organized as a series of oral presentations on a theme. Preference will be given to proposals that (i) strive for timely syntheses across or within existing disciplines; (ii) explore novel approaches that will expand research in new directions, (iii) include speakers who are first-time ARO speakers, women and speakers from underrepresented minorities. Speakers from outside the usual ARO circle are encouraged insofar as they might contribute a novel perspective. Proposals that bridge clinical and basic research are encouraged.
Please note the following information regarding time allocations:
Symposia: 2 hours maximum. It is up to the discretion of the organizer(s) to allocate presentations times in intervals of 30 or 15 minutes (combinations of 30/15 minute presentations are welcome).
Symposia must include at least one 30-min presentation.
Young Investigator Symposia: It is up to the discretion of the organizer(s) to allocate presentations times in intervals of 30 or 15 minutes (combinations of 30/15 minute presentations are welcome).
Workshops should be on topics of interest to a focused subgroup of ARO members, they can focus on a particular technical innovation, or can be the focus of a goal undertaken by an ARO committee. It is up to the discretion of the organizer(s) to allocate presentations times in intervals of 30 or 15 minutes (combinations of 30/15 minute presentations are welcome).
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INVOLVES JUST ONE STEP: electronic submission of the Symposium Proposal Form, Workshop Proposal Form, and Young Investigator Symposia Proposal Form, to ARO2017SESSIONS@GMAIL.COM NO LATER than April 15, 2015, by 5pm Central Standard Time in the USA (earlier submission is encouraged if possible). Once the form is submitted it cannot be edited. Notifications of accepted proposals will go out by mid-June.
Please note that the electronic form includes the following critical pieces of information:
Name of the organizer(s) with contact information, including email
The session title
A brief (<300 word) description of the theme and target audience
A 100-word abstract from each of the invited speakers. This abstract will be uploaded into the ARO abstract review system as a place holder. If the speaker wishes to update their abstract by the regular September 15th deadline, they are welcome to do so. Otherwise this will be uploaded to the abstract book as the final version of that speaker’s abstract.
A list of speakers with descriptive titles of their topics.
A memorandum of understanding, indicating that each speaker has been contacted and agreed to participate and that the budget proposal is understood by all organizer and non-member invited speakers.
Detailed travel budget, if appropriate, to offset the cost of travel for non-ARO members. Please review the Travel reimbursement policy which can be found on the ARO website.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Ruth Litovsky, Program Committee Chair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org