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Special Symposia

Call for special symposia

The Organizing Committee encourages the submission of proposals for special symposia. The goal of these special symposia is to provide a forum for focused discussions on new and emerging topics or innovative applications of established approaches.

A special symposium may be centered around a specific theme, or it may expose the work done by societies or international consortia.

Fixed number of special symposia
Please note that we will accept a maximum of 10 special symposia to be held during the ESB2018 congress. This is to allow the participants to attend the symposia beside the regular congress program.

The proposals that are of interest to a large audience and that are not selected for a special symposium, may be included in the scientific program as a theme of a regular session. 

Proposals for special symposia
The deadline for submission of the proposals for special symposia is December 31st, 2017. Proposals should be submitted using the template. Please complete all details and send the proposal by e-mail to The proposers will be informed about the acceptance or rejection by the end of January 2018. 

Download template

Special symposia speakers and chairs
The duration of each special symposium is 90 minutes to accommodate the scientific program schedule. The symposia are led by a chair and a co-chair, both registered participants to avoid no-show onsite.

Each symposium consists of 2 keynote presentations and 2 presentations selected from the submitted abstracts. The allocated presentation time, including Q&A, is 30 minutes for invited/keynote speakers and 15 minutes for contributed papers. Upon acceptance of the special symposia, all invited/keynote speakers must submit an abstract of their presentation before March 1st, 2018. The invited/keynote speakers of the proposals that have not been selected for a special symposium will get the opportunity to submit an abstract for regular scientific program before March 1st, 2018.

Please note that all financial arrangements with invited/keynote speakers for special symposia are at the account of special symposia organizers.

Room rental and AV equipment
The ESB congress organizers will allocate standard congress rooms for the special symposia and will offer the standard AV equipment that is required in these rooms. The use of any other extra materials is at the account of the symposia organizers.

In case of any further questions
Please contact Sandra Hofmann via for more information or any further questions.

We look forward to meeting you in Maastricht in September 2018.

The Organizing Committee,

Pamela Habibovic
Chris Arts
Jeroen van den Beucken
Sandra Hofmann
Debby Gawlitta