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Team (Multi-Author) Submissions

A variety of team sessions (Panel, Perspective, Workshop, Tutorial) detailed below entail contributions by multiple members. The submission deadline for Team abstracts is late November/early December (refer to the key dates page for specific timing each year). Since Team sessions comprise the foundation of the conference program, they are the first wave of submissions each year.

Submission Guidelines

To submit a Team Abstract please refer to, and follow these submission guidelines:

  • Ensure your NCM membership is in good standing
  • Decide on your Presentation Format (see list below) and prepare your submission based on its respective requirements.
  • Prepare to enter the contact name, affiliation/institution name and email address for each of the abstract team members.  Please note, all team members must be NCM members in good standing at the time of the conference.
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225 character limit).
  • Prepare a justification of why your session is relevant and important to NCM attendees (max 1300 character limit - approximately 200 words)
  • Prepare the abstract (max 3000 character limit - approximately 500 words).
  • Submit the abstract via NCM's online abstract management system. Please note, when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (ie. notepad, wordpad) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors. 
  • Optional: Should you wish to include a supplemental one-page description of the motivation and goals of the session, its participants, and a plan for coordination, you may upload this during the submission process.

If your Team Submission is accepted, the following requirements and expectations are set out to ensure an effective and efficient presentation: 

  • The most important part of the team sessions at NCM is to provide a forum for active discussion of important issues in motor control.  Therefore, sufficient time must be devoted to general discussion and audience participation and not more data presentation.
  • Session leaders and co-presenters should interact and coordinate their session before the meeting and meet together during the meeting to hone their session and determine ways to interact with potential discussants where appropriate. 
  • To ensure a rapid and efficient transition between presenters, session leaders are to consolidate all presentations for the session onto a single PC or memory stick. 
  • An NCM Board member will serve as the moderator for each session. 
  • The Board will complete session evaluations. Member contributions are welcomed.

Team Presentations Formats

Team presentations can be submitted based on one of the following presentation formats:

Panel: The panel format is NCM's traditional session format. This session is 2 1/4 hours in duration and should provide broad appeal to the community. Background, motivation and didactic elements by way of introduction are important in order to engage our various NCM sub-communities.

  • Maximum of 4 speakers per panel. 
  • Session schedules should consider: 
  • 10 minutes (total) of introductions, motivation and relation between presentations.
  • 100 minutes of talks (approximately 15 minutes (i.e.15 slides max) per presentation with approximately 5 minutes of discussion for each presentation.
  • 20 minutes of general panel discussion to close the session.  In your abstract submission please indicate what the main discussion points will be during the panel discussion.  This will help prepare the audience to be actively involved in the main discussion.
  • Final panel discussion may include designated discussants (without slides) to serve as discussion catalysts. Discussants may include the session’s Board member/moderator and/or chosen colleagues. 
  • Panel members should plan ahead and meet on site before the session to review, hone and adjust the session. Cohesion between and across presentations is important.

Perspectives: This format is a recent addition to NCM. Perspective sessions are 1 ½ hours in duration, and include several different styles. Speakers will contribute their perspective on a modern challenge, including a review of the topic at hand, controversies, outlook, and speculation.

  • Ideally includes 2 or 3 presenters. 
  • Session schedules should consider: 
  • 10 minutes (total) of introductions, motivation and relation between presentations.
  • 60 minutes of talks max. 
  • At least 20 minutes of discussion with audience participation to close the session.  In your abstract submission please indicate what the main discussion points will be during the panel discussion.  This will help prepare the audience to be actively involved in the main discussion.

Perspective styles include: 

  • Short Panel – emphasizing emerging areas or technologies, as well as topics novel to NCM. 
  • Clinical-science Interchange – synergy in the understanding of a disease (or class of diseases) from both vantages (e.g. resembling a clinical patho-physiology conference). What can we (have we) learned from clinical sources and from scientific inquiry? How has this confluence advanced our understanding, guided directions, or aided treatment? 
  • Controversies (or Collegiate Debates) – different perspectives and interpretations, each based upon supporting evidence. Is there a path toward reconciliation, and with what required elements or experiments? 
  • Historical Overview – glorious moments, breakthroughs, conflicts, or paths towards enlightenment.

Poster Workshop: The workshop format is comprised of two parts.  A one-hour designated discussion session immediately follows and is linked to a set of demarcated posters presented within a regular poster session. In this way, individual contributions with all necessary details are provided in posters, leaving an open discussion session for an extended interchange of ideas for all conference participants. Optionally, choose 2 discussants (in advance or on site) to review posters and issues, and then join the discussion as catalysts. In the discussion, include additional relevant posters from participant labs (and others from the conference that are on topic). If this is clear in advance, other relevant poster assignments will be bundled nearby.

  • Ideally includes 4 or more poster presenters.
  • Session schedule should consider: 
  • 5 minutes for leader to introduce topic and motivations for the set of contributions.
  • 15 minutes of contributor summaries of major points (approximately 3 minutes for each presenter). Remember, details were already viewed during preceding poster session. 
  • 40 minutes of open discussion.  In your abstract submission please indicate what the main discussion points will be during the panel discussion.  This will help prepare the audience to be actively involved in the main discussion.
  • Avoid projected aids, as discussions have proven very effective without these diversions. 
  • Posters will be prominently displayed and in a sequence designated by the workshop leader.  This poster set will remain up for viewing for a full day to foster ad hoc discussion.  Consider a common poster style.
  • The leader’s role is to guide discussion and its associated poster presentations.

Technical Tutorial: These are didactic sessions of 1½ hours duration, with 2 to 3 faculty addressing a relatively focused area or technique with appeal to a targeted audience. Examples might include emerging technologies (e.g. intrinsic signal imaging, novel multi-array recording, working model implementations). Tutorials may be operated in parallel sessions if necessitated by time constraints.

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