Submission Deadline: January 14, 2021 at 10:00am EST
NOTE: The conference is currently scheduled to be an in person conference. The Executive Committee is evaluating options for the best format based on the timing and location of the conference. Click here to learn more about the decision making process for the conference format.
Please review the Maximum Presentation Guidelines in advance of submitting your proposal. Please ensure all participants listed on your proposal have read the guidelines in advance of submission. Interested in learning how Symposia are selected? Click here.
The Society for Epidemiologic Research will accept proposals for symposium sessions at the 54th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA from June 22-25, 2021. Symposium sessions are among the highlights of every meeting, offering members an opportunity to directly shape the program. All members of SER are encouraged to consider submitting a symposium proposal.
We hope to receive symposium proposals reflecting the range of substantive and methodologic expertise of our members. We encourage the submission of symposium proposals that include presenters from a diverse range of institutions, areas of expertise, and socio-demographic backgrounds, including gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and socio-economic status.
Typically, symposia are focused on innovative, emerging, or controversial topics. Successful symposia offer varying perspectives on the topic, with 3-5 speakers. We also encourage nontraditional formats, such as a point-counterpoint theme or a different way to engage attendees in the discussion. Depending upon the final program, ten to twelve symposia are planned, though this number may change depending on logistical considerations. The Society is often able to provide symposia organizers a small travel stipend to offset expenses of those who are not members of the Society and wouldn’t normally be attending the conference.
Symposia proposals should be submitted using the online form. In preparing your proposal, please succinctly discuss the topic and why it would be of interest to the membership, the content to be presented or debated, suggested speakers and their expressed willingness to attend, and estimated allocation of time. Please make sure to provide enough detail about the content of the symposium for reviewers to be able to evaluate its significance, innovation and approach. You can expect a decision by February 1, 2021.
The Society may be able to offer up to $1000 total, per symposium. The funds are only available to individuals who are NOT members of SER and wouldn’t normally be attending the conference. Once a proposal is accepted, session chairs will be asked to submit a justification for funds to Executive Director, Sue Bevan.