Submit Your Session Proposal for ASM Microbe 2020

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 29, 2019

ASM Microbe brings together exceptional education into one creative learning environment and there are 2 opportunities for you to participate in the planning of next year's program.

To create an innovative and comprehensive program that reflects the broad scope of the microbial sciences, the Program Committee (PC) has developed a list of eight tracks. You will be required to select a track when submitting your proposal. 

All proposals must be submitted via the submission links below. More than one submission per submitter is welcome for consideration. 

Scientific Session Proposals

Submit a scientific session proposal for the following session types: 

  1. Cross-Track Sessions: Focus on interdisciplinary topics of broad interest and showcase transcendent science. These sessions provide an opportunity to expand scientific knowledge and better understand new trends in the field of microbiology. (2 hours, 1 or 2 moderators, 4 invited speakers)
  2. Symposia: Symposia address an important problem and/or gap in knowledge on a particular subject, with a diversity of knowledge and/or points of view presented by experts. Appropriate oral abstract presentations (selected from accepted abstracts) are included in the session. (2.5 hours, 1 or 2 moderators, 3 invited speakers)
  3. Track Hub: Short, highly interactive session on a track-specific topic held in informal, open space hubs on the exhibit hall floor. (45 minutes, 1 speaker)
  4. Mini-Conference: An extended session or series of sessions focused on a specific subject area in the microbial sciences (up to 3 will be selected by the Program Committee). 
Submit your proposal.

Course or Workshop Proposals

Submit a course or workshop proposal:

  1. Course: Offered prior to the official start of the meeting for an additional fee, a course features a series of instructors that cover a selection of related subjects, typically presented in lecture format. Some small group discussions and question/answer periods may be included. (Half-day or full day, up to 5 presenters)
  2. Workshop: Offered prior to the official start of the meeting for an additional fee, a workshop is a fully interactive learning and/or training experience that takes a deeper dive on a particular subject, software or specialized equipment. A workshop may also cover career development topics, such as grant writing. (Half-day or full day, up to 5 presenters) 
Submit your proposal

What We Look For

The ASM Microbe Program Committee (PC) develops the meeting in part from submitted session proposals.  Proposals will be reviewed and considered using the following criteria:
  1. Completed submission form, including all moderators and speakers.
  2. Session title that accurately reflects the topic.
  3. Appropriate session format for the session proposed (occasionally the PC may suggest an alternate session type for your topic).
  4. Well-written session description and learning objectives that give a clear picture of the session and what attendees will learn through their participation.
    1. Meets the needs of the community
    2. Hasn’t been presented recently (or if it has, merits an update)
    3. Includes compelling justifications for the speakers
  5. Current topic(s) that present the latest science.
  6. Moderator and speaker diversity (gender, race, career level, geography, etc.).

Next Steps

After proposal submissions close, all proposals are reviewed by the Program Committee. The committee meets in late August 2019 to develop the program, and prioritizes including session proposals submitted by ASM members. See how the scientific program is developed

We often receive multiple proposals on the same topic, and the Program Committee may choose to combine proposals into a single session. Committee members may also build from ideas provided in a session proposal and develop them into a new session with a different. If your proposed session is not one of those directly incorporated, then every effort will be made to identify whether and how it was used in developing the final program.

Status of proposals are sent out by Sept. 30, 2019.

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In addition to basic personal information about who you are (name, institution, email address), you’ll be asked to provide the following information on the submission form:
  • If you are submitting on behalf of an organization, the name of that organization.
  • The type of session you are proposing (definition of each available on the website)
    • Course
    • Workshop
    • Cross-Track
    • Symposium
    • Track Hub
    • Mini Conference 
  • Proposed session title (make it easy to identify the topic from the title)
  • Content level of your session
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

  • Programming track that best aligns with your proposed session
    • Course or workshop:  choose a primary track
    • Cross-track: choose up to three tracks
    • Symposia, Track Hub and Mini Conference:  choose a primary track (required), and as many sub-tracks as relevant (optional but encouraged)
  • Session description (max 500 characters)
  • Three learning objectives (use active verbs)
  • Explanation of why your proposed topic is particularly important to be presented in 2020
  • Moderator and Speaker Contact Information
    • Name, Degree, Institution, Email for each moderator and speaker
    • For speakers, a brief explanation of why you chose that person to speak
    • Workshop/Course: Up to 5 speakers
    • Cross-track: 1 or 2 moderators, 4 speakers
    • Symposia: 1 or 2 moderators, 3 speakers
    • Track Hub: 1 speaker
    • Mini Conference: Depends on session(s) format