Symposium Submissions

Symposia Submissions is closed

VSS is seeking proposals for symposia to be held during the 2017 VSS Annual Meeting, which begins Friday, May 19, 2017. Four to six symposia will be scheduled, with up to three parallel programs in each two-hour time slot.

Symposia should deal with contemporary research topics in vision research. Symposia can be organized along the lines of content (e.g., neural bases of object recognition, attentional mechanisms, etc.) or methodology (e.g., classification images, TMS, etc.), but in every case talks within a symposium should focus on broader conceptual themes than a typical VSS presentation. Individual talks should be no less than 20 minutes and no more than 30 minutes, including time for discussion. There should be at least four and no more than five speakers within a symposium session. Discussion time can be scheduled according to the organizers discretion (e.g., after individual talks, concentrated at the end of a session, or a mixture of the two approaches).

The symposium organizer must be a current VSS member, but invited speakers are not required to be VSS members. All speakers are required to register for the meeting. Submitting a symposium proposal and/or speaking in a symposium does not prevent you from submitting an abstract for a talk or poster presentation at VSS.

Organizers must ensure that all speakers are committed to participating in the symposium before submitting a proposal, and organizers must also ensure that speakers have not agreed to  participate in more than one symposium. In the case of a symposium talk with more than one author, the first author must present the work. Proposals will be evaluated by the VSS Board of Directors using a variety of criteria including scientific merit and  timeliness, theoretical innovation and/or breadth, methodological innovation and/or diversity, and overlap (less being better) with the regular program. Symposia often benefit from a diversity of perspective and institutional affiliations. Proposals from young investigators are encouraged.

For each speaker, please also provide up to three references to published articles relevant to the proposed talk.