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Call for Symposia Proposals

Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology | May 1-4, 2021 | Indianapolis, IN



We are currently accepting session proposals for AAA's Annual Meeting at EB 2021. Please review these submission criteria carefully.

Criteria for Symposia Proposals

Topics should be relevant to the broad AAA membership, and will fall into one of three categories:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Educational Research
  3. Basic/Translational Research

Content must be informational and educational, not commercial. Presentations that are sales pitches or product-focused are discouraged.

New for 2021: you can propose a roundtable-type session. 

Proposal Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be reviewed by one of the following committees:

  • Professional Development
  • Educational Affairs Committee
  • Program

Specifically, the Program Committee will review any proposals in:

  • neurobiology
  • cell biology
  • developmental and morphological biology
  • cardiovascular and musculoskeletal biology
  • imaging
  • form and function
  • vertebrate paleontology

Review committees have the right to suggest edits to proposals, such as speaker or content changes. 

Acceptance notifications will be sent by the middle of June.

Submission Criteria & Instructions

The 2021 submission form will require you to enter all the requested information into the appropriate fields. You will be able to save your submission and return to finish it at any time before the deadline. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

Title: Try to be informative, broad, and catchy. Use title case.

Chair(s): Name and contact information of chair(s). Proposal chairs must be active AAA members. Non-members are invited to submit a proposal if they were recruited by an AAA committee member to submit a proposal or if they have a co-chair who is an AAA member.

Symposium Description: Should not exceed 250 words. Should contain the following elements:

  • Description of the symposium topic
  • Relevance of the topic to human health, anatomical sciences, and education research, teaching, or professional development
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Rationale for the choice of speakers
  • Have speakers already been asked and confirmed?
  • Do NOT include detailed speaker information here – you will be asked for this information in the next section

Speaker Talk Title & Description: Should not exceed 100 words for each suggested speaker. For each speaker, include:

  • A talk title
  • A brief description of the topic
  • Rationale for the speaker's contribution to this particular session
  • Speaker name, institution, and website

Speaker Selection: AAA is a diverse and inclusive scientific organization. The annual meeting program is a reflection of these principles. Symposia proposals are expected to represent the diversity of the Association as much as possible, including gender and institutional balance. Furthermore, in the spirit of inclusiveness, repeat speakers and chairs from the previous annual meeting will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances. Preference will be given to speakers who have not spoken in several years and new speakers to AAA. Speakers can be AAA members or non-members.

Questions? Please contact Colby Shultz, Director, Meetings and Education.