Annual Conference: Invited Symposia

Society members are invited to submit symposium session proposals for our Annual Conference in November 2020

Call for submissions for symposia focusing on New Developments and Current Topics in Addictions.

Open now for submissions.

In addition to the conference delegate sessions, there will be up to four symposia proposed by members and selected by the conference scientific committee. The chosen symposia will be funded by the SSA, who will pay for economy-class travel and conference registration. Successful symposia speakers will also be offered accommodation for up to two nights at the conference hotel and will be invited to the speakers’ dinner on 4th November.

The deadline for symposia proposals is 9th February, 2020. We will notify the successful organisers of selected symposia by late March 2020.

Please read the following information carefully before making your submission, to ensure it meets the criteria for consideration:
• Exact timings will be decided as the conference programme is finalised, but each symposium will last approximately 80 minutes;
• Each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes, followed by a panel discussion to end the symposium;
• Each symposium should integrate any or all of the latest advances in theoretical, social, clinical and policy aspects across any addiction topic;
• Proposals that include people with lived experience, younger speakers and contributors from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged;
• Names and affiliations of three speakers should be submitted together with an over-all abstract (max. 300 words) which describes the overarching aims and content of the three talks;
• An individual lay abstract (max. 250 words) and speaker biography (max. 200 words) from each speaker will be required after successful groups have been notified;
• The organiser must also be one of the speakers;
• The organiser submitting the proposal must be a member of the SSA (the other speakers need not be members of the SSA);
• Organisers can submit no more than two symposia each;
• The SSA conference committee will select a chair-person for each successful symposium;
• Confirmation that all proposed speakers are willing and available to participate on 5 and 6 November 2020 is required;
• The title of the symposium and speakers’ titles will be published as per original submission and cannot be changed after acceptance;
• Non-successful symposium speakers will be eligible to submit individual abstracts for a delegate presentation.

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As an organisation, we continue to function during the developing pandemic.

We are following all government and Charity Commission guidance in respect of staff and reporting issues.

Our funding schemes remain open and we are continuing to programme our conferences planned for November 2020.