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Symposia Submission

Submissions Open: August 9, 2021

Submission Deadline: September 10, 2021 at 10:00am EST


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 55th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL from June 14-17, 2022. 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, career stages, areas of expertise, and socio-demographic backgrounds, including gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, country of origin, and socio-economic status, and ask that you describe how you have considered diversity in putting together your symposium proposal.

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, and how you have considered diversity in putting together the symposium topic and speakers. 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 October 1, 2021.