Symposium Submissions

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language invites symposium submissions for the 2020 meeting in Philadelphia. Competitively-reviewed symposia are a new element of the SNL program. Symposium proposals should target topics that are likely to be of broad interest to SNL members, as well as influence the direction of science in our community.  Compelling symposia include topics that highlight a current debate in the field, introduce new methods or techniques, or challenge the status quo.

Topics that are of especially high interest include (but are not limited to) advances in statistical methods, integration of natural language processing (NLP) data with neurolinguistics, advances in lesion symptom mapping and functional neuroimaging methods for neurological disorders (e.g., aphasia), longitudinal assessment of treatment-induced gains, genetic and epigenetic factors in language development, predictive coding and speech processing, the role of the motor system in language, sleep consolidation during language acquisition, among many other topics.


We encourage symposium organizers to consider diversity on many dimensions, including diversity of perspective, discipline, and demographics.

Symposium Structure

Symposium sessions will last two hours, and will typically consist of up to six 15-minute talks, with 5 minutes following each talk for discussion. Organizers may also choose to reserve one slot for a moderated panel discussion. In general, organizers have flexibility in the structure of the symposium, but the symposium must fit within the two hour block.  

Submission Requirements

Symposium submissions must come from one organizer and must include an assurance that all contributors agree with the content and form of the submission. The organizer must be a current SNL member. Submissions must include the following information:

  • Symposium Title
  • Symposium Abstract (150 words) that describes the overarching theme of the symposium
  • A proposed schedule indicating the timing of the symposium, including time for introductions, talks, discussion, and Q&A
  • For each individual presentation (up to six):
  • Title and abstract (150 words) for each individual presentation
  • Name, title, affiliation, and email address of the presenter

Please contact Emily Myers (SNL 2020 Program Committee Chair) with any questions about topic or format.
All presenters in accepted symposia will be expected to register for the meeting.

Proposal Review

Symposia will be competitively reviewed by the Program Committee, and decisions will be returned to the organizers before the deadline for posters and slide submissions. Symposia talks that are not selected may be resubmitted as a poster or slide.

Submitting a symposium proposal or speaking in a symposium does not prevent you from submitting an abstract for a slide or poster presentation at SNL.

Submission Schedule

Submissions Open: February 24, 2020
Deadline to Submit: May 23, 2020 (extended from April 23)
Notifications Sent: July 1, 2020

Symposium Submission

Symposium submissions are now closed.