Call for session proposals


ECNP aims to establish an exciting scientific programme for the 32nd ECNP Congress with a broad range of topics. 

The Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) invites you to contribute by submitting a proposal for a full session in applied and translational neuroscience.
The SPC also welcomes session proposals from allied disciplines, including neurology and psychology.

If you have a great idea for a session, please share your innovative topic(s) with us.

Sessions can be submitted in the following three formats:

Symposium proposal
In each symposium, four speakers present on a specific topic. Each speaker gets 20 minutes to present and will leave 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
Your symposium proposal should include:
• A symposium title
• Four lecture titles and speakers (additionally, one back-up speaker)
• A short outline explaining the topic (max. 250 words)
• Optionally, one chair may be suggested

Educational update proposal
Educational updates focus on a continuous dialogue between participants and the presenters. Different angles of a subject are discussed and state-of-the-art summaries are provided, with emphasis on new information relevant for clinical practice. A ‘key pad’ multiple choice system is used to make the sessions more interactive.
Your educational update proposal should include:
• A session title
• Two titles and speakers (additionally, one back-up speaker)
• A short outline explaining the topic (max. 250 words)
• Optionally, one moderator may be suggested

Alternative proposal
During an alternative session a specific topic or important new information is shared in a more interactive way. Such a session could be, for example, a panel discussion or a debate.
Your alternative session proposal should include:
• A session title
• Speakers (if applicable)
• A short description of the session format and a short outline explaining the topic (max. 250 words)
• Optionally, one moderator/chair may be suggested

Preparing your proposal
Please make sure that you submit a succinct session outline and include informative, but appealing titles for all presentations. The outline should introduce the topic and its relevance and importance for the advancement of the scientific field, as well as its translational value and interest to the scientific community. The outline should also demonstrate that the proposed talks form a coherent and balanced translational approach to the topic. Proposals that have a clear translational approach are more likely to be selected by the SPC. 

Also, please consider the geographical and gender balance of your speakers. Preference is given to one speaker per country and an equal division between male and female speakers; symposia from only one country will not be accepted. At this point there is no need yet to get formal approval from the proposed speakers.*

* Please do not invite or ask approval from the proposed speakers. If selected, your proposal (content and speakers) may still be changed by the SPC.

Finally, ECNP encourages the use of Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN-2) terminology for psychotropic medications, as it reflects contemporary pharmacological knowledge, rather than arbitrary descriptors based on indications or chemical structure.

Please download the free app for NbN-2 ( and the Instructions for Authors (


Submit online

Deadline: 1 March 2018

Please note that during submission you are required to fill in the address and contact details of your proposed speakers.

Should you encounter any problems submitting your proposal online, please contact us by e-mail.

The ECNP Office will confirm receipt of your submission by e-mail. If you have not received a confirmation within two weeks of submitting your proposal, please notify the ECNP Office via email.

Selection of proposals 

When selecting proposals, the SPC will take into account:

• Whether a topic or speaker has been on the programme of the last three ECNP Congresses (programme details of previous ECNP Congresses can be found here).
• If a proposal forms a coherent and balanced approach to the topic
• The geographical spread and gender balance of the proposed speakers
• The expected (near) future scientific breakthroughs and/or highlights
• The structure of the scientific programme in five parallel sessions and the spread over the topics to be covered

You will be informed about the decision of the SPC by October 2018. There can be no in-depth discussion about the outcome.