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Session Proposals

The Scientific and Organising Committee (SOC) invites you to submit a proposal for a session to form part of the programme of the congress.

The IEC has a well-deserved reputation for scientific and educational excellence and the SOC would like you to contribute to this.

Parallel Sessions are structured from and based on a variety of themes selected from session proposals submitted. The SOC is inviting proposals to consider the following innovative formats:

 

Examples of Innovative Formats

Challenge Sessions: Addressing a Challenge

These types of Parallel Sessions focus on a challenge presented at the beginning of the session by a person with a lived experience of epilepsy (someone who has an epilepsy, carer/family member or advocate). Ideally the second presentation would provide the latest basic science/neurobiological understanding of the challenge. The final presentations would then provide details on the current best practice (diagnostic, clinical, psychosocial and/or surgical depending on the issue) being used to address the challenge. The subsequent panel discussion and audience interaction would then explore how well we are meeting the challenge and if further research, deeper understanding and/or different approaches are needed.

 

Controversy Session: Exploring a Controversy

These types of Parallel Sessions would be focused on an area of controversy - an issue or practice where the evidence is not clear cut and different theories and/or approaches currently prevail. An initial overview of the issue would be presented with subsequent presentations focusing on the differing aspects. Panel interaction with the audience would then aim to stimulate discussion and debate.

 

Solution Session: Finding a Solution

With the successful adoption of the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological disorders the SOC is keen to support Parallel Sessions that present practical solutions to closing the global treatment gap. Sessions focused on sharing real life examples of successes in improving diagnosis, treatment and/or care, particularly in lower resource settings, would be welcome.

 

The aim of the SOC is to create a comprehensive programme which will encompass topical and varied themes. Please note that the SOC will be responsible for the final selection of sessions and that presentations and/or speakers may be changed or amended to fit the overall programme as the SOC deems it appropriate.

DEADLINE: 9 September 2022

IMPORTANT - Instructions for Session Proposals

Please review the following important points before preparing a session proposal:

Session Format

  1. Parallel Sessions are 90 minutes; please prepare your proposal with this in mind. Generally, Parallel Sessions consist of 3 or 4 presentations, but there can exceptionally be more presentations in the session.
  2. All proposals should allow for time for discussion and interaction with the audience.
  3. The SOC welcomes proposals for Parallel Sessions from all people in the field of epilepsy. Proposals from young people in the early stage of their career are especially encouraged.
  4. The SOC is open to considering innovative and alternative formats for Parallel Sessions including (though not limited to) formats such as:
    • Challenge Sessions (see below for details)
    • Controversies Sessions (see below for details)
    • Solutions Sessions (see below for details)
  1. Parallel Sessions that cover both paediatric and adult aspects of a specific topic and/or reflect the evolution throughout the lifetime, and Parallel Sessions that include complementary presentations addressing both the clinical (medical, pharmacological and/or surgical) and the basic science aspects of a topic are encouraged.
  2. All Parallel Sessions, where possible, should aim to include information and discussion on the relevant psychosocial aspects of the topic.

Administrative Information

  1. Include the name and contact details of the person submitting the proposal. The person submitting a proposal does not have to be included in the programme proposed. However, all correspondence will be sent to the person submitting the proposal and it will be his/her responsibility to pass the information to the proposer.
  2. A person/group proposing a session should have substantial experience in the proposed topic.
  3. When suggesting speakers, it is essential to ensure regional, geographical, gender and age diversity, and also include a young epileptologist in every session (under 40 years of age).
  4. With a few exceptions, each individual may only appear twice as a speaker and/or a Chair during the congress sessions (not including the teaching programme or satellite sessions).
  5. Session proposals may only be submitted using this online form; proposals will not be accepted if submitted in any other way.

 

Examples of Innovative Formats

Challenge Sessions: Addressing a Challenge

These types of Parallel Sessions focus on a challenge presented at the beginning of the session by a person with a lived experience of epilepsy (someone who has an epilepsy, carer/family member or advocate). Ideally the second presentation would provide the latest basic science/neurobiological understanding of the challenge. The final presentations would then provide details on the current best practice (diagnostic, clinical, psychosocial and/or surgical depending on the issue) being used to address the challenge. The subsequent panel discussion and audience interaction would then explore how well we are meeting the challenge and if further research, deeper understanding and/or different approaches are needed.

 

Controversy Session: Exploring a Controversy

These types of Parallel Sessions would be focused on an area of controversy - an issue or practice where the evidence is not clear cut and different theories and/or approaches currently prevail. An initial overview of the issue would be presented with subsequent presentations focusing on the differing aspects. Panel interaction with the audience would then aim to stimulate discussion and debate.

 

Solution Session: Finding a Solution

With the successful adoption of the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological disorders the SOC is keen to support Parallel Sessions that present practical solutions to closing the global treatment gap. Sessions focused on sharing real life examples of successes in improving diagnosis, treatment and/or care, particularly in lower resource settings, would be welcome.

 

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 9 September 2022.

 

Please note:

- The SOC will review all proposals and will be responsible for the final selection/creation of sessions. Presentations and/or speakers may be changed or amended to fit the overall programme as the SOC deems it appropriate.

- All proposals will be given due consideration, but the submission of a proposal does not guarantee approval by the SOC.

- Notification of the SOC’s decision will be made following the review process, in late autumn 2022.

Congress Begins

263Days : 10Hours : 15Minutes : 33Seconds

Key Dates

Session Proposal deadline

9 September, 2022

Congress begins

2 September, 2023

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