BPA SCIENTIFIC MEETING

ADELAIDE 6-8th NOVEMBER 2018

 

Abstract submissions for the 2018 conference are now being accepted.

 The Local Organising Committee of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) would like to invite you to submit an abstract for their annual 2018 conference. The BPA 2018 Conference will be held from Tuesday evening 6th November – Thursday 8th November South Asutralian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide. 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.

KEY DATES

Oral/ poster sessions abstracts – are now open and will close Friday 31st August.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submissions on the 5th of September 2018.

GUIDELINES

Abstracts must be submitted using the online form available here.

KEY BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY TOPICS

We welcome abstracts that address the mechanisms, causes, and therapies involved with the aetiology and pathology of disorders of emotion, thought, and behaviours.

 

Proposals for Symposia for the 2018 conference are now being accepted.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) would like to invite members to submit nominations for a symposium for their annual 2018 conference. The BPA 2018 Conference will be held from Tuesday evening 6th November – Thursday 8th November at the South Asutralian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide.

BPA GENERAL SYMPOSIA GUIDELINES

At BPA we aim to ensure symposia fulfill an educational function. We aim to facilite this by providing a conducive environment in which presenters are encouraged to communicate and share their ideas with the audience. We recognise the roles of a chair and a discussant as being critical to facilitate this and to empower the presenters to communicate with all members of the audience regardless of their seniority. Each symposium will be 90 minutes long. It will include a chair, 3 presenters and a discussant. The nominator of the symposium is required to nominate a chair, 3 speakers and a discussant. The chair can elect to be a presenter. The discussant needs to be a different person than the chair and the presenters. The discussant role is important to facilitate the scientific discussion in the last part of the symposium.

Symposia Structure

In the first 5 minutes we require the chair to briefly introduce the field of research and possibly the individual contributions made by the speakers in this arena i.e. ‘setting the stage’. Each presenter is allotted 20 minutes for each seminar. Ideally within this timeframe the speaker will allow a few minutes for points of clarification. The chair will facilitate this. However, if a speaker elects to take up the entire 20 minutes the chair will move onto the next presenter. At the conclusion of the last speaker, all presenters will be required to return to the podium where in the last 25 minutes the discussant will first summarise the overall findings of the 3 speakers and begin to invite debate, discussion and responses to pre-submitted questions (if any). The LOC actively encourages members to draft concise questions to each symposium topic prior to the conference. These will be passed onto the Chair as they arrive. In the case of too many questions, it will be at the discretion of the moderator to prioritise questions. Upon ending the dsicussion after no more than 25 minutes, the chair will close the session. Adherance to this structure is a mandatory precondition for any nomination. Failure to adhere to this structure will render the symposia non-competitive.

Symposia Proposal Format

The BPA scientific committee will also look favourably upon proposals from a mix of genders, seniority and institute balance. This year we are seeking 3 or 4 symposia to include in our programme. We generally receive twice as many proposals that we could host. Therefore the BPA scientific committee will rank symposia based on those that can adhere to the above criteria and their ability to stimulate debate. To propose a symposium we will need to receive the abstracts of the 3 presenters, as well as an overview of the importance of the symposium (upto 250 words). For abstract instructions please follow the guidelines on the submission page.

  

KEY DATES

Symposium proposals – are now open and will close Friday 29th June.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submissions on the 13thof July 2018.