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Those interested in organizing a mini-symposium should submit a proposal to the conference committee and co chairs no later than 15 November2014. SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED.  Please send your proposal to Etienne Boileau via e-mail ( The acceptance of the proposal will be communicated to the organisers soon after the deadline. Please consider the following guidelines and information when submitting your proposal.

What is a mini-symposium? What are the responsibilities of the organizers?

A mini-symposium is a session of at least five coordinated presentations on a single topic of substantial current interest, in accordance with the scope of the conference. All papers submitted for a mini-symposium must present an overview of original work, and must not be in the same format under consideration for publication elsewhere.

It is the responsibility of the organizers to contact the speakers they wish to invite to participate in their session and thereby to determine the feasibility of organizing a mini-symposium. Organizers should contact their invited speakers to remind them of the deadline for receipt of abstracts. The conference committee and co chairs are responsible for the abstract submission process.

Organizers are responsible for the topics to be addressed, and for the quality of the papers accepted for presentation in their session. The organizers must provide suitable reviewers for the reviews of the papers. The conference committee and co chairs will assist the organizers in managing the review process. The editors' final decision to accept or reject an abstract for publishing will be based on the reviewer's comments.

Organizers need to attend the conference and chair their session. In conducting the mini-symposium, organizers should provide an opportunity for discussion.

Organizers should make no financial commitments, or any other commitments with respect to the schedule on behalf of CMBE to any speakers when organizing their mini-symposium.

The conference committee and co chairs are responsible for determining the format of the sessions and the conference programme.

Note that this year, the conference allows organisers a `session keynote' for each 9 regular talks. The exact format/length of each presentation is to be determined by the conference committee and co-chairs. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


If you do not follow these guidelines, your proposal will not be considered by the conference committee.

The proposal should outline the main features of the mini-symposium, and be written in a way that is accessible to specialists as well as non-specialists. The scope of the mini-symposium should be clear, you should explain the problem area that you wish to address, and identify current research directions, methods and applications. The proposal:

  • must conform to the template (LaTeX or Word see below)
  • must be written in English, and submitted in PDF format;
  • must not be longer than two pages including references, and must not include figures or tables.

Prospective organizers should consider the following recommendations when selecting speakers in a mini-symposium:

  • speakers should be selected for their current research contributions to the chosen topic area;
  • speakers who can provide an overview of the topic area, and bring new ideas for continued
    research and application are also welcome;
  • a mini-symposium organizer may speak in the mini-symposium he or she is organizing;
  • CMBE discourages mini-symposia in which all or most of the speakers come from the same school/department/institution.

Organisers are requested to use the following templates:

Formatting instructions are given in the templates. Please submit your mini-symposium proposal (maximum 2 pages) in the prescribed format.

The LaTeX template needs to be used with the class file provided. Please do not modify the template.

If you are using the Word template, you will need to convert your abstract to a PDF file before submission. You can either use Adobe Acrobat to print to PDF, the Microsoft Office Add-in Save as PDF, or any open source PDF converter (such as PDFlite, virtual PDF printers, etc.). If you are using office applications such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice, they come with a feature to export files to PDF. You need to verify that the PDF file conforms to the template.