It is a great pleasure to welcome you to submit proposals for symposia for the 15th International Child Neurology Congress that will take place in the enchanting city of Mumbai, India, November 15-18, 2018. The theme for the Congress is "Protecting the developing brain and preventing disability". The ACON is the local organizer and host of the Congress, in which Child Neurologists from all over the world will meet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Mumbai.
We invite you to submit proposals for Symposia. All proposals must be submitted through this website in the period from May 08, 2017 to September 30, 2017. Three to four symposia will be held concurrently each morning of the four day Congress.
Each symposium will be 2 hours in duration and would be expected to have a total of 3-4 speakers drawn from diverse geographic origins. A symposium is meant to be a focused session on a common theme. The format usually involves introduction and background to the discussion by the symposium chair, followed by talks from participants. The viewpoints may differ and there would be interaction between audience and participants. The symposium would end with a summary overview of the session by the chair. Proposals are invited from a proposed Chair who will be the principal organiser of the symposium, and who may have one other international co-organiser.
Chairs are encouraged to submit the overall proposal before September 30, 2017 to allow enough time for individual participants to complete their portion of the proposal once the initial proposal is accepted. The submitted symposia proposals will be evaluated by the SPC and the selected Symposia will be announced in December 2017. A list of possible topics can be seen here, which is not meant to be restrictive but is included to stimulate thinking about areas of great interest.
The Program Committee includes distinguished representatives from ICNA (The International Child Neurology Association), AOCNA (Asian Oceanian Child Neurology Association) and AOCN (Association of Child Neurologists, India), and plans to develop a high quality scientific program for ICNC 2018 that reflects our organizations' global interests as well as the latest scientific and clinical advances in Child Neurology.
We hope that you accept our invitation to submit a Symposium proposal to the SPC of the ICNC 2018. If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to ask.
We also seek your suggestions for topics and speakers for workshops and meet the expert sessions. Workshops involve a skill building session incorporating theoretical knowledge and practical approaches to further understanding and clinical skills in a particular area. Meet the expert sessions usually include 1 to 2 presenters who are chosen for their expertise in a particular area of interest. The sessions are for interaction between the presenters and the audience. Typically involves prolonged discussion on audience questions.
Please send any suggestions you may have for workshops or meet the speaker sessions directly to me at any time.
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
Professor Neurology and Pediatrics
Kennedy Krieger Institute and
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine