The Australasian Neuroscience Society would like to encourage you to submit a symposium proposal for the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. Please carefully read the Policy and Guidelines prior to submission.

The closing date for all submissions will be 16 March 2020. No submissions will be accepted after this date.

Click here to submit your proposal

Submissions are encouraged from across all research areas represented within the membership. The research themes are as follows:

  • Autonomic/neuroendocrine systems
  • Clinical disorders and injury of the nervous system
  • Cognition/learning and behaviour
  • Development and regeneration
  • Excitability and synaptic transmission
  • Glia
  • History of neuroscience and neuroscience teaching
  • Limbic and other systems
  • Memory, emotion, and social behaviour
  • Motor systems
  • Neuroengineering
  • New techniques in neuroscience
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Sensory systems
  • Other

In order to maintain program continuity, the number of speakers in each symposium is restricted to four (4)Each speaker will have a total of 30 minutes for their presentation (including Q+A).

During the submission process you will be asked to submit:

  • Research Theme
  • Symposium Title
  • A brief synopsis of the overall topic and its significance with respect to the field and to the ANS membership (this should not exceed 500 words)
  • Citations of up to five (5) papers published by the speaker over the past five years
  • A title and brief summary for each of the four (4) speakers in the session is required including citations and significance (max 200 words per speaker). The submitter is responsible for collating and uploading one .doc/.docx or .pdf document per speaker.

Amendments can be made to your submission up until the deadline. Simply log into your Currinda profile, select the proposal you wish to amend and navigate through the tabs at the top of the page to the sections you wish to change.

Once you are finished with entering all the details, please ensure you proceed all the way to the end to COMPLETE your proposal. Otherwise your symposium will not be reviewed. 


  • Speakers should come from different regions of Australia and New Zealand
  • Symposium proposals that include early career researchers as a chair or speaker are encouraged
  • A gender balance of speakers/chairs is encouraged
  • Consideration will be given to symposia that include speakers from broader areas of research aligned with the field of neuroscience
  • All Australasian proposers, chairs and speakers must be current members of ANS (exceptions can be made with appropriate scientific justification)
  • Prior to submission, the proposer should obtain email confirmation from all speakers that they will travel to Perth to attend the meeting
  • The symposium chair cannot speak in the symposium
  • ANS will provide support for travel and accommodation costs ($2500) to assist the participation of one overseas speaker in each symposium, and will additionally pay their registration fee and provide one set of social function tickets
  • Please note that all other accepted presenters are required to register for the 2020 ASM.

All submissions will undergo a peer-review process by the ANS Council, and approximately 20 proposals will be selected by the Council for presentation at the ASM. The Council will ensure that selected research areas are of relevance to the ANS membership, and are of high scientific quality and significance.

Where the same proposer, chair or speaker is associated with multiple symposia, the Council will rule on eligibility and determine whether one or all of the symposia are accepted.

An automatic acknowledgement email will be sent to the proposer confirming receipt of your proposal. The proposer will be the one linked to the submission and will receive all relevant information via email. It is the proposer's responsibility to ensure that all emails relating to the proposal are passed on to the relevant parties.

After the review process, a notification email will be sent to the proposer advising the outcome of your submission. 

Proposals will be ruled ineligible if:

  • the proposer fails to obtain formal email agreement from all speakers that they will travel to Australia to attend the meeting
  • the chair is also a speaker in the symposium
  • if any Australian or New Zealand participant is not an ANS member
  • the submission form is incomplete.

If a speaker withdraws after the symposium has been accepted, the proposer must immediately notify the ASM Event Manager (who will notify the ANS Council) and the Council will then determine whether the symposium will remain in the program. This decision will be based on the quality of the substitute speaker and the content of their proposed talk.

For all symposia submission enquiries please contact:
Kaylene Young
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For all conference enquiries please contact:
ANS 2020 ASM Professional Conference Organiser

C/- The Association Specialists
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