Special Sessions — Call for proposals

Proposals for Special Sessions are no longer being accepted now that the June 1, 2014 deadline has passed.


1. The Program Committee invites mathematicians to organize high-level special sessions. Joint organization of special sessions by mathematicians from the US, Europe, and in particular from Portugal, is strongly encouraged. Proposals from early-career mathematicians are welcome.

Download Call for proposals here.

2. A session proposal should include:

  • Title of the session;
  • Name, institution and e-mail address of each of the organizers, with one organizer designated as the contact person;
  • A brief (at most half a page long) description of the main themes of the special session;
  • A sample list of about ten potential invited speakers and their institutions. 

3. Proposals should be sent to the AMS Associate Secretary, Prof. Georgia Benkart, via e-mail.

4. Selection and guidelines:

  • The Program Committee will select the proposals and also decide on the amount of time allocated for each special session.
  • Aiming for reasonable diversity, the committee will interpret mathematics in the broad sense (including applications to fields such as physics, medicine or biology, and including history or philosophy of mathematics).
  • Organizers of special sessions may invite researchers from any country to speak.
  • To keep all sessions synchronized, talks will begin on the hour or half hour. Each talk slot can accommodate a 20-minute talk or two consecutive slots can be combined for a 45-minute talk. Any combination of 20-minute and 45-minute talks is possible.
  • The expected total length of a session will be between 5 and 10 hours.
  • All meeting participants, including special session organizers and special session speakers, are expected to pay the meeting registration fee.
  • More information about organizing a special session can be found here.

5. Deadlines:

  • Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2014.
  • Decisions are expected by July 1, 2014