AAS 2024 Call for Symposia and Debate Sessions

AAS 2024 Call for Symposia and Debate Sessions

We are seeking proposals for meeting symposia and debate sessions. Symposia are typically 75-90 minutes featuring 3-5 experts in a specific area of autonomic medicine.

If you have an idea(s) for a symposia topic and speakers, we want to hear your proposal.

Symposia proposals are due by March 31 (send to info@americanautonomicsociety.org).


The AAS brings together individuals from diverse disciplines who share an interest in the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system and the pathology, treatment, and prevention of its disorders. The AAS Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity for updating and maintaining scientific knowledge through accredited education opportunities while also providing an ideal forum for networking and research advancement among the many interested clinical and basic scientists who wish to communicate across disciplinary lines.

We seek submissions for Symposia for the AAS Annual Meeting with interactive and innovative approaches to learning.

Fee: There is no fee for submitting a Symposium for the AAS Annual Meeting.

Submission Deadline: Symposium submissions must be received electronically by March 31, 2024, at midnight (EST). Faxed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Please email proposals to info@americanautonomicsociety.org.

The primary submitter for a symposium must be an AAS member in good standing.

Designing Your Symposium: Symposium sessions will be 75 minutes in duration, including Q&A. You must identify the symposium title, presenters and two confirmed (by you) co-chairs in the online submission system. The AAS suggests pairing a more senior chair with junior faculty or trainee co-chair. The individual submitting the symposium does not need to be identified as one of the co-chairs. Submission of a symposium constitutes a commitment by the symposium faculty to present in person at the AAS meeting.

There is no limit to the number of presenters. However, the panel of presenters should be limited to what is appropriate for the format and duration of that session (3-4 is optimal): too many presenters could make the program objectives more difficult to achieve.

Those involved in planning a symposium should embrace the “3G” principles by considering diversity in Gender, Generation, and Geography as well as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) best practices.

When considering a symposium, the AAS Board will consider the following:

Learning Objectives: Learning objectives are derived from the needs assessment data collected by the Overall Meeting Evaluation. They allow participants to decide whether a specific session meets their learning needs. Provide three learning objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable. Learning objectives must address the learning needs of your target audience and will be included in promotional material as part of the session description. Be sure to submit content exactly how it should appear in program and marketing materials. Strong learning objectives should:
• Complete the sentence “After this session, participants will be able to”;
• Clearly outline the focus of the content, and the expected outcomes for all parties involved;
• Be linked to the identified needs;
• Be learner-centered;
• Describe through action verbs the specific knowledge, behaviour, skill, attitude, or learning outcomes that participants can anticipate from attending educational events.

Symposia submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the AAS Scientific Review Committee, which will score your symposium on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Scientific merit
  • Timeliness
  • Diversity in gender, generation, and geography