At the time of regular abstract submission, attendees submitting abstracts must indicate the format in which they would prefer to present their abstracts at the Annual Meeting. Abstract submitters must choose one of the following: Platform, Poster, or Member-Organized Session. Each session type may be scheduled Sunday through Wednesday at the meeting.
Platform presentations will be chosen from among the abstracts submitted that have indicated an interest in being considered for a platform session. Platform sessions are competitive due to demand and space limitations, but over 30% of the 4500 who submit abstracts are selected for platform session presentations. The Program Committee will select eight abstracts to be presented per platform session. Abstracts accepted for platform presentations will be organized into parallel sessions, running concurrently with symposia, Sunday through Wednesday. Speakers in these sessions will each be allotted 15 minutes for presentation and discussions. Abstracts not selected for platform presentation will be scheduled in an appropriate poster session. To ensure diversity in the scientific program, presenters who have spoken in a platform session at the previous Annual Meeting may not be selected to speak in a platform session from the same topic category during the current year.
Members who are interested in organizing a member-organized session on a specific topic must meet the criteria listed below in order for the session to be considered by the Program Committee. The selection of MOS competes with that of platform sessions. The Program Committee will consider well-organized sessions that include multiple labs working on a common topic. Individual presentations in an MOS must be topic related and not simply a collection of presentations from one lab or group. If the proposed MOS is not selected, the abstracts submitted for the session will be programmed either in an appropriate platform session or poster session. Speakers have 15 minutes for presentation and discussion. There must be eight speakers in a session.
Member-organized session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Those selected will be scheduled into sessions running concurrently with platform sessions and symposia, Sunday through Wednesday. Organizers and speakers listed in MOS proposals will be sent formal notification from the Society office of the Program Committee’s final selections.
Cover broad topics in biophysics with presentations by leading experts in their field. All symposia speakers are invited to speak by the Program Committee.
These differ from symposia in that workshops are technique-oriented. They cover emerging methods presented by widely acknowledged developers and experts who help the participants gain a working knowledge of new technologies and their applications. They are held on Sunday night. Speakers are invited by the Program Committee.