Call for Symposia

Call for Symposia is now closed.
Thank you for submitting many proposals.

Symposium proposals are invited based on the following guidelines. First, we will open a call for proposals from members of the Japan Neuroscience Society. Next, the Program Committee will plan additional symposia to adjust for possible imbalances in the symposium topics. Approximately 40 proposals will be selected in total. All society members are encouraged to submit proposals, as we are eagerly anticipating many novel projects and cross-field collaborations.
Deadline: September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) ¨October 7, 2014 at 12:00PM JST *closed


  1. Selection Criteria
  2. Submission Process
  3. Recruitment Details
  4. Junior Researcher Symposium
  5. Joint International Symposium
  6. Corporate Sponsorship
  7. Sponsored Symposia

Selection Criteria

  1. Priority is given to research fields that are innovative, interdisciplinary, or controversial, in addition to the scientific value/novelty of the topics. As we wish to introduce new topics from a wide range of disciplines, proposals that are similar to those presented in the symposia in the last two meetings will not be highly rated.
  2. To promote internationalization, recruitment of overseas-based speakers (regardless of nationality) will be favored. Joint organization of symposia with foreign scientists is also encouraged. Please follow the guidelines outlined in the gJoint International Symposiumh field below.
  3. Variety in presentersf (or joint organizersf) age, gender, and institutional affiliation will be favored. We place special emphasis on participation from female and young researchers. In the spirit of interdisciplinary cooperation, we encourage proposals from presenters (or joint organizers) who are not members of the Japan Neuroscience Society, but are members of relevant academic neuroscience societies including those of clinical medicine. For junior researchers (i.e., earned their degree within the last 10 years) who wish to become organizers, please refer to the gJunior Researcher Symposiumh section.

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Submission Process

Please complete your submissions from the conference homepage. The organizer of a given symposium is fully responsible for the content of his/her submission. In principle, the organizer (along with the joint organizer, if present) is expected to be a symposium chairperson.


  1. Organizer (one person, must be a member of the Japan Neuroscience Society): Name, affiliation (both Japanese and English), contact information (email, phone number, fax number)
  2. Joint organizer, if applicable (only one person): Name, affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, fax number)
  3. Symposium title
  4. Synopsis (Approximately 200 words)
  5. Intended contribution related to the main theme of the meeting. If the topics are of clinical relevance, please specify. (Approximately 200 words)
  6. Presenters (4|6): Names, affiliations
  7. Individual presentation titles
  8. Representative scientific publications of each presenter (1–2 publications per person)
  9. Keywords (5)
  10. Other comments (within 200 words)

Continue to Submission Page

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Recruitment Details

  1. The time frame for presentations is 130 minutes for 4–6 presenters; presentations are in English; discussions following the presentations may be in either English or Japanese.
  2. Organizers must be members of the Japan Neuroscience Society. A joint organizer may be added, and the main and joint organizers can chair the session together; however, the main organizer should be responsible for planning, scheduling, and moderating the session. Before submission, the organizers should personally obtain consent from all of the presenters.
  3. Conference registration fees will be waived for presenters who are not members of the Japan Neuroscience Society. Overseas-based presenters requesting financial assistance from the conference must write an appeal in the abovementioned gOther commentsh section of the application. In the event where too many financial assistance requests are received, aid disbursement will be determined by the Program Committee.
  4. We may ask for similar proposals to be merged, presenters to be adjusted, titles to be changed, and/or extra presenters to be added by selecting from the applications for oral presentations. Due to the limit in the total number of symposia, it is probable that some proposals may not be selected. Organizers should refrain from making guarantees to prospective presenters.
  5. One person cannot submit multiple presentations as a first author, regardless of the presentation categories (symposia, oral sessions, and posters). Symposium presenters cannot be first authors of presentations in other symposia, oral sessions, or posters. Organizers should ask presenters to respect this stipulation.
  6. The Program Committee will select proposals as well as suggest the merging of the relevant symposia. The Program Committee will announce the results by mid-October 2014. The organizers should confirm registration for all presenters and submission of their English abstracts within the registration period.

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Junior Researcher Symposium

Symposia proposals submitted by junior researchers (i.e., those who earned their degrees within the last 10 years) are eligible for the Junior Researcher Symposium Aid. This grant-in-aid (approximately \200,000–300,000 per symposium) will be awarded to several proposals and must be used to cover the travel expenses of overseas-based presenters. Please select gRequest for Junior Researcher Symposium Aidh on the application page of the website. Further, please upload the CV of the organizer. We look forward to receiving original and enthusiastic proposals.

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Joint International Symposium

We are eager to support overseas joint organizers, as these symposia will encourage the promotion of international cooperation. Travel grants for joint organizers (travel expenses, etc.) will be \200,000–300,000 per symposium. Please select gRequest for International Joint Symposium Aidh on the application page of the website. Additionally, please upload the CV of the joint organizer.

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Corporate Sponsorship

Expenses associated with a symposium may be covered by corporate sponsorship. Based on the list of accepted symposia, the Meeting Secretariat will contact companies with possible interest in providing sponsorship. Once the Meeting Secretariat and companies reach an agreement about the corporate sponsorship, we will notify organizers of the respective symposia. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

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Sponsored Symposia

  1. The sponsoring company will provide financial support for the symposium, covering expenses such as transportation costs for invited speakers from overseas. (The amount of the support is not to exceed the set maximum.)
  2. Following the titles of symposia, the names of sponsoring companies will appear in the following format: gSponsored by XXXX.h
  3. The above format will be used to display the names of sponsoring companies on the convention website as well as the program booklet.
  4. In the relevant program section of the convention website (list of companies), a hyperlink will be provided to the sponsoring companyfs website.
  5. Promotion of a particular corporation during the symposium is prohibited.
  6. Only the documents approved by both the Executive Committee and the symposium organizer can be distributed during the symposium.
  7. Even when the organizer has selected a sponsoring corporation, the Meeting Secretariat must be informed. Regardless of a symposiumfs reliance on corporate sponsorship, we will determine acceptance or rejection of the symposium strictly based on the proposed content. Please do not make any advance assurances to potential sponsors concerning the likelihood of the proposal being accepted.
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