Proposals for 2024 Professional Development Workshops
Proposal submissions are now closed.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Professional Development Committee is pleased to invite active 2024 members to submit proposals for Professional Development Workshops to be held at Neuroscience 2024 in Chicago. Proposal submissions were accepted from Tuesday, December 12, 2023 until the deadline of Monday, January 29, 2024, 5 p.m. EST.
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- What is a Professional Development Workshop?
- Organizer and Speaker Requirements
- How to Submit Your Proposal
- Selection Process
- Presenter Guidelines and Policies
What is a Professional Development Workshop?
Professional Development Workshops provide invaluable networking and career development opportunities at the SfN annual meeting for neuroscientists at all career stages. Professional Development Workshops are typically two hours in length and feature a panel of expert speakers on topics related to funding, career paths, career skills, responsible conduct of research, diversity, and more. A complete list of Professional Development Workshops offered at Neuroscience 2023 is viewable here.
Organizer and Speaker Requirements
To submit a Professional Development Workshop proposal, you must be an active member of SfN. Participating speakers may be SfN members or nonmembers. Although submitters are not required to secure the participation of their speakers prior to proposal submission, all submitters are asked to include the names and titles of the speakers they intend to invite to participate in their proposal. The Professional Development Committee understands that the panel of speakers proposed may be updated following proposal submission.
During the proposal submission and review process, the submitter will be the primary contact for the Professional Development Committee and SfN staff. If the workshop is selected, the submitter will be considered the workshop’s organizer and will be responsible for working with staff and participating speakers to secure all logistical and programmatic details for the professional development workshop. Furthermore, the organizer will be responsible for relaying any and all-important information to and from participating speakers.
Professional Development Workshops organizers and speakers may be eligible to receive discounted registration to attend the annual meeting and access to early housing registration.
How to Submit Your Proposal
When you are ready to submit your proposal, follow these steps:
- Go to the SfN Awards submission page
- Click "Application Login" and log in using your SfN username and password
- In the "Award Type" drop-down box, select the PDW Proposal option
- Upload the complete PDW proposal
- Click Save and Submit
The Professional Development Workshop proposal form asks submitters to provide the following:
- Name, institution/organization, title, and contact information of submitter
- Workshop overview, including title and short description
- Indication of willingness of submitter to collaborate with another organizer, and willingness of submitter to organize a webinar instead of, or as a supplement to, a live professional development workshop
- Name, institution/organization, and title of planned speakers
- Workshop objective, including intended audience and explanation of workshop relevance to the intended audience and field at large
- Preference for audience seating style (will be accommodated if possible but NOT guaranteed)
The Professional Development Committee selects the proposals they think best serve the interests of SfN and the success of the annual meeting. The committee may suggest a submitter substitute one or more of their planned speakers or make other amendments to their proposal. Suggestions arising from discussions of the Professional Development Committee will be passed on directly to the submitter.
Proposals that are not selected one year will not be held over for consideration for the next year. However, a proposal may be re-submitted the following year and will receive the same consideration as all other proposals.
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 will be among the key criteria considered in the selection of workshops by the Professional Development Committee.
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.