The Programme Committee have now finalised the list of platform presentations for the 21st International Symposium on ALS/MND.
We are now in the process of informing the presenters of the decision of the abstracts they submitted to us for consideration… so far that means telling the authors of 382 abstracts of the decision that we have reached. Luckily we don’t email them all individually! Some will be delighted as they have been accepted for a platform slot where they have their ‘15 minutes of fame’ to talk about their research to a crowd of around 450 of their peers. We’ve already had 46 presenters confirm their slots and only 32 to go (discluding plenaries)!
For those less inclined to present their work at the platform, or those that we simply could not fit into the jam packed programme, we may offer them a poster presentation for their work. Posters are designated a space of 1m by 1m in size to present their work on a face-to-face level (rather than a face-to-crowd level).
There are also a handful of abstracts that will be rejected for the symposium. If the abstract describes research that has not been properly conducted, is misleading or does not fulfil the terms and conditions for acceptance of an abstract then it might be rejected. It’s a nasty job, but it has to be done.
Our work doesn’t end there for the symposium. Even though in a few weeks time we’ll know who will be presenting their work and as what, we then have the daunting, challenging yet somewhat rewarding task of proof reading ALL of the abstracts…