Proposals for 2023 Dual Perspectives
The proposal submission period is now closed. Submitters will be contacted regarding acceptance in the spring.
The SfN Program Committee is seeking proposals from the membership for Dual Perspective sessions to take place at the Society’s annual meeting. Proposal submitters must be active SfN members.
- Dual Perspectives Content
- Topic Selection and Audience
- Requirements for Topic Suggestions
- Presenter Guidelines and Policies for SfN Events
- Contact Information
Dual Perspectives Content
Dual Perspective participants will be made up of one moderator and two speakers. The Dual Perspectives session is planned to be 1.5 hours. The session will comprise the following:
- 5-minute introduction by the moderator, presenting a brief overview of the selected topic
- 10–15-minute presentations from presenters
- 30–45-minute moderated discussion between the two presenters, moderator, and audience (time for discussion will be adjusted according to the number of speakers)
- 5–10 minutes for closing remarks
The moderator of the session should have a knowledgeable view of the session’s topic, as well as expertise on how the field arrived at the current understanding of the presented topic.
The point of the Dual Perspectives session is not to incite dogmatic point-counterpoint arguments among participants. Rather, the goal is to present descriptions of the same process or phenomenon from different viewpoints such that promote constructive discussion.
Presentations should provide an opportunity to learn about the history, as well as the various arguments, research, and viewpoints, surrounding a particular topic.
Topic Selection and Audience
Proposal topics should have an appeal that touch on a timely scientific topic. Viewpoints provided by presenters should have research-based differences that can be understood by a broad scientific audience. The session should be educational. The intended audience is trainees.
You are required to note the general theme classification into which the proposal fits best, as well as any potentially cross-cutting themes.
The person submitting the proposal must be an active member of SfN. The proposer must be prepared to provide a conflict of interest (COI) disclosure for each speaker. A relevant COI is a financial relationship to a product or device from a commercial interest associated with the topic on which one is speaking. A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Relationships with governmental agencies (e.g., NIH), nonprofits or universities do not have to be disclosed. An example of the COI form that is required from each participant is available via PDF.
It is required that you name in your proposal a moderator (perhaps yourself) who has agreed to be responsible for the event and speakers. The person submitting the proposal must be a member of SfN. Speakers may be SfN members or nonmembers. The moderator’s responsibilities include entering required submission information for the entire session and making sure that all speakers have returned necessary logistical and programming information (i.e., disclosure forms, audiovisual needs) to SfN.
During the submission and review process, the proposer (if different from the moderator) will be the primary contact. After acceptance into the annual meeting program, the moderator becomes the primary contact and, furthermore, is responsible for relaying any and all important information to and from the other speakers.
Each participant should be familiar with the overall objectives of the session and of the material likely to be covered by the other speakers.
Note that the Program Committee does not permit the inclusion of moderators or speakers who have participated in [mini]symposia, Basic-Translational-Clinical Roundtables, the Dual Perspectives, or Storytelling sessions in the past two annual meetings (Neuroscience 2021 and 2022). The session should also include speakers from different institutions and regions.
Speakers are permitted to only be in one top of the program session. If a speaker is on multiple accepted proposals, they must be replaced on all but one. If a speaker is invited to and agrees to present a lecture or symposium or minisymposium, they must be replaced in the featured panel.
Diversity and inclusion are organizational priorities of SfN and programming must ensure representation of all members. SfN encourages and promotes participation, accessibility, active representation, and leadership from diverse populations. Recognizing that diversity advances the field of neuroscience, SfN encourages membership and participation, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, age, or religion. Beyond promoting diversity, the Society promotes an environment that is supportive of all diverse groups in the interest of advancing science.
Appropriate representation of diverse scientists among the presenters is required and will be among the key criteria considered in the selection of Dual Perspectives by the Program Committee. Proposals lacking adequate representation of the diverse and international SfN community are not aligned with our organizational priorities. Special circumstances where it is not possible should be described and will be considered by the committee.
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Presenters will receive meeting benefits according to the most current Tiered Perks. Do not propose a speaker residing outside North America unless you are sure they already plan to participate in the annual meeting.
Requirements for Topic Suggestions
Click the button at the top of the page to log into the 2023 site and submit your proposal. The site will direct you to provide the following (all character limits include spaces):
- Contact information (institutions, emails, addresses) and COI disclosures for the moderators and speakers
- Title of the overall session
- Short description of the session for use in the annual meeting Program and Neuroscience Meeting Planner (500 characters)
- Summary of each speaker’s viewpoint (500 characters)
- Indication of a theme to categorize the topic and a cross-cutting theme, if applicable
- Why the topic is timely (500 characters)
- The extent to which it could have a broad appeal to the membership (500 characters)
- The clinical relevance, if any, of the topic (500 characters)
- Statement on how your participants contribute to diversity in the meeting program (gender diversity, international, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in neuroscience, individuals with intersectional diversity, etc.). Appropriate representation of diverse scientists among the presenters is required and will be among the key criteria considered in the selection of Dual Perspectives by the Program Committee. Proposals lacking adequate representation of the diverse and international SfN community are not aligned with our organizational priorities. Special circumstances where it is not possible should be described and will be considered by the committee. (500 characters, including spaces)
- Other considerations that make the proposal attractive
Speakers in accepted proposals may be invited to contribute to the Dual Perspectives feature in the Journal of Neuroscience. If you do not wish for your proposal to be considered for this feature, please indicate this within your proposal submission.
Final selection is made by the Program Committee; whose primary consideration is to determine what will best serve the interests of the Society for Neuroscience and the success of the annual meeting.
Note that proposals that fail to be accommodated one year will not be held over for consideration the next. However, a proposal can be re-submitted the following year and will receive the same consideration as any other submission.
The Program Committee reserves the right to alter or combine proposals in the best interest of the annual meeting program. This includes adding and removing presenters, suggesting different organizers, combining proposals, etc.
For more information, contact SfN staff at (202) 962-4000 or email email@example.com.
Presenter Guidelines and Policies for SfN Events
By accepting the invitation to participate in a Society for Neuroscience (SfN) digital or in-person event, you are agreeing to follow the SfN speaker guidelines and policies.
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