3. Clinical and Research Symposia
About the format:
To ensure we receive adequate information, all submitted Symposia should have a symposium abstract of up to a maximum of 2500 characters (approximately 500 words). Symposia include multiple presentations, typically 4 or 5, focusing on a specific clinical or research area. Some talks can be very data-focused, centred on new studies and trials and their outcomes. Others are more applied, looking at service or skills-related subjects. Speakers may range from presenters at an early stage in their careers presenting their own work to leaders in the world of CBT. Talks from experts by experience are also strongly encouraged. The overall aim of a symposium is to provide a coherent and complementary set of talks that, via the depth or the breadth of what is covered, add up to more than the sum of the individual presentations. Typically there is time for questions from the audience either after each talk or at the end of the session. Symposia sometimes also include a discussant at the end to draw together the main themes covered.
Generally, symposia will consist of a Convenor and Chair (which will normally be the same person, but do not have to be), individual presenters, and potentially a Discussant (optional). They will be scheduled for either 60 or 90 minute sessions. There should be a maximum of 5 speakers per symposium (including discussant).
This should be a general description of the overall symposium, including the names of at least 3 presenters. You can also provide a short summary of each speaker’s topic within this word-limit. The more specific details you can provide about what will be presented, the easier it is for the submission to be rated; submissions that lack coherence or are vague are difficult to rate very positively and thus at higher risk of rejection.
However, at this stage, we do not require the individual abstracts for each speaker. These will be requested if the submission is accepted, and are what will appear in the conference programme – the overall symposium abstract is only used for rating purposes. If the symposium includes published studies or studies for which there is information publicly available such as a pre-registration or protocol it can be very helpful to include links to these in the abstract to help demonstrate the quality of the submission.
The name and contact details of the symposium convenor/organiser must be provided. This individual accepts responsibility for ensuring that all speakers provide individual abstracts, when requested. They must also ensure that speakers register to attend the conference and when required communicate practical information to the scientific committee as well as individual speakers in the symposium.
Please click here for an example of a clinical symposium abstract.
Please click here for an example of a research symposium abstract.
Please note that for space and production reasons only the author presenting in symposium will appear in the Conference programme. However, full authorship will appear in the electronic abstract book; up to a maximum of 7 authors.
It is expected that all speakers contributing to the symposium will deliver their presentation in person (“Completely in-person” option). However, there will be limited space in the programme to submit a fully pre-recorded symposium that will be shown to delegates in full at a scheduled time in the programme (Select the “Completely pre-recorded” option). It will be the responsibility of the convenor to coordinate the individual presentations into a single file that will be submitted to the scientific secretariat as an Mp4 file by a deadline that will be agreed if the submission is accepted. All speakers will still have to register to attend the conference.
Please note that if a symposium is rejected, the individual speakers will be invited to submit their individual presentations for consideration as posters. Hence, presenters need not worry that their chance of presenting at the conference rests on a symposium being accepted.