ECRO XXXI - Call for Symposia

(Deadline: 15 April 2021)


The Organizing Committee invites you to submit proposals for Symposia at ECRO 2021. The conference will take place in Cascais, Portugal, a municipality located 30 minutes from Lisbon by train. The pleasant and dynamic setting of Cascais is marked by a rich coastal life that is a feast for all the senses.


ECRO 2021 aims to bring together world-renowned experts in chemoreceptive sciences to discuss the latest developments and drive scientific knowledge forward. We meet to inspire, and be inspired by, today’s leaders in chemosensation. This year will be a special meeting where we celebrate 50 years of ECRO and dare to imagine the future of what chemoreception could be in another 50 years!



Symposia Criteria

1.     Topics: Priority will be given newly emerging fields in chemosensation, including but not limited to:

·       Chemosensory abilities in the clinic

·       Nutrient sensing and metabolism in health and disease

·       Mechanisms of chemesthesis or texture perception

·       Inter-individual variation in chemosensation

·       Social chemosignaling 

·       Big data, new methods & technologies 

·       COVID & Citizen Science

2.     Diversity: Inclusion of speakers from diverse backgrounds (discipline, model systems, geographical area, demographics, ability, …)  is warmly suggested and will be prioritized. 

3.     Composition: Each symposium will last 100 minutes and will include 4-5 speakers, including at least one trainee.

4.     Evaluation and acceptance: Symposia proposal will be conducted based on the criteria of topic, diversity and composition. Symposia chair(s) will be notified of the Organizing Committee’s decision by March 31, 2021.  


Submit via the Google Form:


Submissions must include:

                i.         Symposium Title.

               ii.         Names and affiliations of 1-2 symposium chair(s). 

              iii.         A one paragraph synopsis of the symposium theme (3-7 lines).

             iv.         The names, affiliations and tentative talk titles for the 4-5 confirmed speakers.

              v.         One paragraph that highlights how the proposed symposium meets the review criteria above.




Typical Symposium Format

Symposia will follow a standard format. Symposia will be 120 min in length. They include a chair person and typically have 4 speakers or 3 main speakers and two short presentations. Participation of junior faculty is encouraged. There should be only one scientist speaking per laboratory. Separate abstract submission will be required for all chairs and authors.


The participation of all speakers must be confirmed prior to the submission of the proposal.


Presentation                Speaker                         Duration

Introduction                  Symposium Chair(s)        2-5 min

Full talk                         1st speaker                      20 min + 5 min Q&A

Full talk                         2nd speaker                     20 min + 5 min Q&A

Full talk                         3rd speaker                      20 min + 5 min Q&A

Full talk                         4th speaker                      20 min + 5 min Q&A


Short presentation        4th speaker                      15 min + 2.5 min Q&A

Short presentation        5th speaker                      15 min + 2.5 min Q&A

Outro/Conclusion          Symposium Chair(s)        2-5 min





Symposia chair(s) will be notified of the Program Committee's decision.


Deadline for submission: 15 April 2021

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