Abstract and symposium proposals for the 2017 conference are now being accepted.

 

Call for abstracts

The Local Organising Committee of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) would like to invite you to submit an abstract for their annual 2017 conference. The BPA 2017 Conference will be held from Sunday evening 29th October – Tuesday 31st October at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach in Wollongong. 

 

Abstract submissions close on 11th August 2017.

 

Abstracts received by the submission date will be reviewed for consideration for five-minute data blitz oral presentations or poster presentations. The highest ranked student submissions will be considered for a student symposium.

Abstracts must be submitted using the online form available here.

 

Call for Symposia 

The Local Organising Committee of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) invite members to submit nominations for a symposium for their annual 2017 conference. The BPA 2017 Conference will be held from Sunday evening 29th October – Tuesday 31st October at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach in Wollongong. 

At BPA, we want to ensure symposia fulfil an educative function. We see the role of a discussant as critical in this regard. Each symposium should be 90 minutes long and include three presenters, a chair (usually the nominee) and a discussant. A presenter may also serve as the chairperson.

In the 1st 5 mins we require the discussant to 1st introduce the field and possibly the individual role played by the speakers in this arena i.e. “setting the stage.” Each presenter is allotted 20 minutes for each seminar. Ideally the speaker would allow a few minutes for points of clarification within this time frame. The chair will facilitate. However if a speaker elects to take up the entire 20 mins the chair will move on to the next presenter.

At the conclusion of the last speaker, all presenters and the chair will be required to return to the podium where in the last 25 mins the discussant will 1st summarise the overall findings of the 3 speakers and begin to invite debate, discussion and responses to pre submitted questions (if any). (The LOC will actively encourage members to draft concise questions to each symposium topic prior to the conference. These will be passed onto the discussant as they arrive). It will be the discussant’s discretion which questions to address if there are too many.

Adherence to this structure is a mandatory precondition for any nomination. Failure to adhere to this structure will render the symposia non-competitive. The scientific committee will also look favourably on proposals with a mix of genders, seniority and institute-balance.

This year we are seeking 3 or 4 symposia to include in our program. We generally receive twice the amount of proposals that we can host so the scientific committee will rank symposia on those that can adhere to the above criteria and its ability to stimulate debate.

To propose a symposium we will need to receive the abstracts of the 3 presenters, a nominated discussant and chair (usually the symposia nominee) as well as an overview of the importance of the symposium (up to 250 words). 

 

Submissions for symposia close on Friday July 7th 2017.

 

Symposia must be submitted using the online form available here.