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Propose a workshop or symposium

We are seeking proposals for Pharmacology 2019, Sunday 15 to Tuesday 17 December 2019.

The deadline for proposals is 9am on 28 February.

To submit a session, you will need to complete the online form. You cannot save this form for editing later.


Each symposium session is 105 minutes in total:

  • chair(s) introduction - 2-3 minutes
  • speaker one presentation - 20 minutes
  • speaker one Q&A - 5 minutes
  • speaker two presentation - 20 minutes
  • speaker two Q&A - 5 minutes
  • speaker three presentation - 20 minutes
  • speaker three Q&A - 5 minutes
  • speaker four presentation - 20 minutes
  • speaker four Q&A - 5 minutes
  • speaker five presentation - 20 minutes
  • speaker five Q&A - 5 minutes
  • chair(s) closing remarks - 2-3 minutes

Workshops or debates

Workshops or debates are less structured than symposia. There should be no more than six contributors including:

  • instructors
  • leaders
  • facilitators

All contributors must make a significant contribution to the workshop or debate.

Selecting speakers and participants

As part of the application you need to outline how you have considered equality, diversity and inclusion. When selecting speakers please consider:

  • the diversity of your speakers (including demographic differences and professional background)
  • including at least one early career researcher (ECR)
  • the gender split (no more than 60% of either gender)

If you are unable to select an ECR, highlight it in your application and we can help you try to source a speaker.

We recommend you check your speakers' availability and ask them to pencil in all three days. But don't formally invite them until your session is confirmed and you have your allocated slot.


Speakers will receive complimentary registration for the day of their session and their travel and accommodation will be arranged by the Society,in line with the expenses policy. 

Chairs will receive complimentary registration for the day of their session.

We will only support travel and accommodation for two speakers from Europe (outside UK and Republic of Ireland), or one speaker from the rest of the world. This ensures a funding balance across each session.

Please email to discuss any exceptions before submitting your proposal.

Submission process

To submit a session, you will need to complete the online form. You cannot save this form for editing later.

You will need to submit:

  • your contact details
  • session title
  • short description (for marketing your session)
  • keywords relating to the session
  • details of why the session is relevant
  • full name, email, organisation and talk title for each speaker or participant
  • back-up speakers (if applicable)
  • potential sponsors or publication opportunities
  • statement showing how you have considered equality, diversity and inclusion or a request for help
  • relevance to any Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups

  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery, Development & Evaluation
  • Education and Skills
  • Integrated Systems Pharmacology
  • Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Toxicology

After submission

Our Meetings Committee and Affinity Group Co-Chairs will assess applications taking into account quality, significance, originality and relevance. They will then make recommendations for the programme, aiming to cover:

  • essential areas of pharmacology
  • high-profile, groundbreaking work

If your submission is successful we will notify you by March with your slot. You will then have a week to accept your slot. It is not possible to swap your slot as the programme is organised by theme or specific audiences.

Once you accept your slot the Meetings Team will be in touch. They will help you:

  • make any edits to your session
  • formally invite your speakers or contributors

Sponsorship of sessions

You can secure sponsorship or support from other sources. You can use this to cover any extra costs, such as inviting speakers outside the limits outlined in expenses.

If you intend to approach sponsors, please contact the Meetings Team first to discuss the options available.

Submit your session

If you need any support in your submission, please contact