Symposium Submissions

Submission Guidelines

VSS is seeking proposals for symposia to be presented at the VSS 2020 Annual Meeting, which begins Friday, May 15, 2020. Four to six symposia will be scheduled, each in a two-hour time slot.

Symposia can be organized along the lines of content or methodology, but in every case talks within a symposium should focus on broader conceptual themes than a typical VSS presentation.

This year’s meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the Vision Sciences Society. For this reason, we particularly welcome proposals for symposia that will highlight progress made over the past 20 years and/or highlight a particular advance and place it in its historical context. These retrospectives can be used to pinpoint the next big problems the field should address.

Symposium Format

The recommended format is for four or five individual talks (up to six talks are allowed). 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), and both talk length and how discussion will be organized should be specified as part of the proposal. Other formats will be considered, but proposals for other formats should include a clear rationale. Symposia often benefit from a diversity of perspectives and institutional affiliations. Proposals from young investigators are encouraged.

Organizer and Speaker Requirements

The symposium organizer must be a current VSS member (for 2020), but invited speakers are not required to be VSS members. All speakers are required to register for the meeting. Submitting a symposium proposal or speaking in a symposium does not prevent you from submitting an abstract for a talk or poster presentation at VSS. An individual may participate as organizer or speaker in only one symposium; it is allowable for an organizer to propose him or herself as one of the speakers in that symposium.

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. If a symposium talk has more than one author, it must be presented by the first author. For each speaker, please provide up to three references to published articles relevant to the proposed talk.

Per the VSS Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Policy, speakers must reveal any commercial interests or other potential conflicts of interest that they have related to the work described. Any conflicts of interest must be declared on your title slide.

Symposia Review

Proposals are evaluated by the VSS Board of Directors. In addition to considering the VSS 2020 focus outlined above, our criteria include scientific merit, timeliness, theoretical innovation and breadth, methodological innovation, lack of overlap with the regular program and recent symposia, and diversity of the speakers.

Submission Schedule

Submissions Open: October 2, 2019
Submissions Close: November 7, 2019
Notification of Accepted Symposia: November 21, 2019

Submitting a Symposium

To submit a symposium, Log in to your MyVSS Account or Create a New MyVSS Account, pay for your 2020 membership, and then click the Submit a Symposium button.