March 25–28, 2023

Submit a Symposium Proposal

CNS 30th Anniversary Meeting (CNS 2023)



Symposium Sessions

Symposia are intended to complement the more general interest Invited symposia. Hence, symposia should be focused on a special interest topic; for example, a methodological issue, a disease-centered symposium, or a focused topic within a specific domain of cognitive neuroscience (e.g., a hot problem of current interest to language researchers). Symposia Submission Deadline October 17, 2022.

In October, a slate of submitted Symposium proposals will be posted, and the membership at large will be invited to vote for the Symposia that they’d like to see at the 2023 meeting.

*Please note that CNS 2023 is an in person event to be held March 25-28 in San Francisco, CA.  If you are submitting a symposium then you must have confirmation from every speaker that they will be present at the meeting.  If you are submitting a poster then you will be expected to present your poster in San Francisco. We look forward to seeing everyone in person again!

Symposium Criteria

  • The CNS membership of the symposium organizer must be current at the time of submission.
  • The required number of speakers is four.
  • The time allotted for each symposium is 125 minutes, organized as four 20-min talk slots each, followed by 5 min for questions, (At the Symposium organizer’s discretion, the final 25 min could be used for an alternative format, such as a debate among the four speakers, an extended Q&A between the audience and all four speakers, etc.).
  • At the time of your proposal submission, all speakers must have already agreed to participate in the symposium.
  • Speakers should understand that no honorarium or complimentary registration is given for participation.
  • The Symposium Committee reserves the right to ask an organizer to modify their symposium to ensure balance and quality in the annual meeting program.
  • You may only be a speaker in one symposium.


Please follow these rules when entering your symposium proposal. The chair is responsible for assurance of adherence to the rules and of the merit of the presentation.

  • Your abstract must contain the specific goals of the study, the methods used, a summary of the results, and a conclusion. It is not satisfactory to say, “The results will be discussed.”
  • The symposium and talk titles should clearly define the work discussed.
  • Abbreviations (of compounds, for example) must be spelled out in full at the first use. Do not use abbreviations in the title. Use only standard abbreviations.
  • Capitalize the first letter of all trade names.
  • You will be asked to choose an appropriate topic area for your symposium, which will be used for session planning.
  • You will be required to enter a symposium summary and an abstract for each of the talks in the symposium. The summary and each abstract must be a single paragraph not exceeding 250 words each. The 250 word limit does not include the title, author or affiliation information.
  • Do not add formatting to your abstract. Italic, bold, tabs and extra spaces are not permitted and will not appear in the final program.
  • Please do not enter the abstract title, author names, or affiliations in all uppercase or all lowercase letters. Fixing these creates extra work during the publishing process which can create errors. Sentence capitalization or title capitalization should be used for entering your abstract title.
  • Please do not enter department names in the Affiliations box. Removing these creates extra work during the publishing process which can create errors. If a university is well known, we prefer you not list the city, state, or country with the university’s name.




MARCH 25–28

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