Submit a Symposium Proposal

Symposium Submissions are Closed

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 16, 2023.

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 2024 meeting.

*Please note that CNS 2024 is an in person event to be held April 13-16, 2024 in Toronto Canada.  If you are submitting a symposium then you must have confirmation from every speaker that they will be present at the meeting.  We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

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.

To Make a Submission

  • Log In to Your CNS Account or Create a CNS Account. You must be a current member to submit. If you are not a current CNS member, you will be given an opportunity to join or renew your membership.
  • Make Your Submission – On your CNS Account home page, click either the 'Submit a Poster' or 'Submit a Symposium' and complete the submission steps.

Membership Requirement

You must be a current CNS member to submit, your CNS membership will be checked at the time you Log In to Your CNS Account or when you Create a CNS Account. You can join or renew your membership from your CNS Account. Please note, you can create a CNS Account as a Non-Member, but you will be limited to meeting registration only; non-members cannot make abstract submissions. It is less expensive to join CNS and register as member than to register as a non-member.

Submission Revision

You can Log In to Your CNS Account at any time to edit your submission by clicking the ‘Edit Symposium’ button within your CNS Account. This page also provides a button for emailing yourself a copy of your submission or withdrawing your symposium. Absolutely no revisions will be allowed for Symposia after the deadline of October 16, 2023.

Confirmation of Acceptance

The review committee will review all submitted symposium proposals in October. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be emailed in mid-November. Only the Submitting Author will receive email acknowledgments from CNS. All correspondence from CNS will go to the email address defined in your CNS Meeting Account profile.