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Types of Talks

The meeting will take place in Wilson Hall, on the campus of Vanderbilt University (corner of West End Ave. and 21st St), see the interactive campus map. The meeting rooms are equipped with projectors with a selection of standard connectors.  Coffee breaks will take place in the lobby of that building.

There will be three types of presentations at the conference: invited plenary talks, minisymposium talks, and contributed talks. As a rule, no conference participant will be allowed more than one minisymposium/contributed talk. The deadline for submission of abstracts for all three types of presentations is April 22, 2023 (however, see a note below concerning the organization of minisymposia).

Duration of Talks
The duration of invited talks will be 50 minutes. The duration of minisymposium and contributed talks will depend on the number of participants, but we anticipate it to be 20 minutes. The length of minisymposium talks and contributed talks will be the same. This will allow us to schedule such talks into parallel sessions.

Minisymposium Talks
The minisymposia will primarily address topics in emerging areas. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals. Since the emphasis will be on new frontiers, the level should be expository but, at the same time, should have enough substance to engage the student as well as the experienced researcher. A minisymposium should consist of six or more speakers (ideally a multiple of 6).

To submit a minisymposium proposal, the minisymposium organizer should send an email to the organizers ( with the following information:

  • Name of the organizer(s) along with his/her affiliation and email address
  • List of minisymposium speakers (with affiliations and emails),
  • The topic and a brief description of the minisymposium (titles and abstracts of individual talks in the minisymposium need not be submitted at this time).

Note that the minisymposium organizer may, but need not be, one of the speakers. Moreover, the organizer is expected to serve as the session chair of his/her own minisymposium.
The deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals is April 15, 2023. Speakers in your minisymposium will have until April 22 to submit abstracts of their talks.

Contributed Talks
Not all of the conference papers will be assembled into minisymposia. Therefore, there will still be some traditional Contributed Sessions.