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Guidelines for Submission of Potential Meeting Symposia

Process for submitting Symposium Proposals for the ORGN division

The Symposium Programming Committee (SPC) will evaluate proposals based on their ability to attract and engage a large audience, timeliness, and appropriateness for the Division of Organic Chemistry.
The Executive Committee seeks proposals that span the interests, and fully reflect the diversity of the membership in the Division of Organic Chemistry. Therefore, selection of speakers should be balanced when considering gender, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, research area, employment sector, and career stage.

  • Proposals are due ONE YEAR prior to the meeting where the session is requested on the following dates: February 15 and July 15.  For example, for a symposium in Fall 2018, the due date is July 15, 2017.  For a symposium in Spring 2018, the due date is February 15, 2017.
  • Proposals should be a maximum of ONE page (12 point font, 0.5 inch margins).
  • The proposal must contain (see the Template/example below):
    • A symposium title.
    • A paragraph stating the idea behind the proposal, why it is timely, how this symposium will differ from those recently given at ACS, and why the Division of Organic Chemistry is the most appropriate forum for this symposium.
    • The proposed meeting (Spring or Fall ACS) for the symposium to occur. Please note that due to the large number of Award Symposia held during the spring meeting, limited slots are available. A larger number of slots are available during the fall meeting. Also indicate your willingness to organize this symposium at a different (later) time than originally proposed.
    • A list of potential speakers, preferably with tentative titles (4-6 speakers is a typical number submitted).
    • The names of several alternative speakers for the session should be included.
    • The speaker's status should be listed as outlined in the template below.
    • Please use the template provided below for the proposal.
    • E-mail national meeting symposia proposals to Professor Scott Sieburth
  • Proposals will usually be considered for a half-day session only.
  • If the organizer is requesting a full day session, a separate ONE-paragraph justification should be included (not part of the ONE page limit) for why this topic requires more time and should be given consideration as a full day symposium.
  • The DOC does not accept symposia with names of living persons in the title. Members interested in submitting an honorary symposium proposal are directed to focus the title and presentations on the chemistry rather than an individual.


  • Submission Requirements (MSWord or PDF)--Please note the most current info is listed on this page not in the files
  • Submission Template/Example (MSWord or PDF)
  • Symposium Reimbursement Form (MSWord or PDF)
  • Reimbursement Guidelines (MSWord or PDF)
  • Recent Symposia (PDF)
  • ACS DOC Acknowledgment Slide (as a Powerpoint slide or PDF File)—DOC-sponsored symposia are a member benefit. Symposia receiving support from the ACS DOC are asked to use this slide at the beginning and end of their session.

Support for Symposia at ACS National Meetings for 2017

Type of Symposium DOC Support
Award Symposium $4000 maximum
DOC - initiated topic $4000 maximum*
Organizer - initiated topic $4000 maximum*
* - For each half-day session


If an organizer is successful in raising outside money, checks from the donor should be made out to Division of Organic Chemistry - ACS and sent to:

Professor Barry Snider, Secretary-Treasurer DOC
Department of Chemistry MS 015
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110 

Please call or e-mail Professor Snider (781-736-2550, if you wish to transfer funds electronically or need to discuss the financial arrangements.

Reimbursements for Speakers at DOC Symposia at National ACS Meetings:

  • Academic speakers are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses, which will depend upon the amount of funds raised by the symposium organizer. For example, a typical reimbursement for an academic speaker would include:
    • Travel – Non-refundable round trip coach airfare to the meeting (usually up to $500).
    • Registration - All speakers and organizers are expected to take advantage of advance registration. Reimbursements will only be made up to the early registration amounts. Please note that a less expensive one-day registration is available if the speaker will only be at the meeting for the day of the symposium. Foreign non-members are also eligible for reimbursement of registration fees.

    • Accommodation - Two night's stay in a hotel (please choose one from the ACS list, if possible).
    • Miscellaneous - Other reasonable travel expenses (taxi, tolls, etc.), but not meals, during the trip.

  • Industrial speakers are typically not eligible for reimbursement, however in some unusual circumstances, some limited reimbursement may be allowable.
  • Speakers working for the government or a non-profit institution are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement amount outside the guidelines is at the discretion of the session organizer and Divisional Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Symposium organizers are eligible for reimbursement within the above guidelines (and so long as they are an academic).
  • The symposium organizer will collect all original receipts from the speakers, and submit them to Secretary-Treasurer using the reimbursement form  (MS Word or PDF) .
  • The symposium organizer may also take the symposium speakers out to a luncheon or dinner during the ACS meeting if there is sufficient funding. Since case reports to the donors of expenditures are often required, these should not exceed $150 per person or $1250 per symposium session. The Division's Executive Committee should approve amounts in excess of these guidelines in advance.

Any funds that are raised by the organizer are technically donated to the DOC, which formally funds the symposia at the National Meetings. Symposium organizers should manage the overall expenses for their symposium on behalf of the DOC, so please be sure to let the speakers understand the guidelines before the symposium to avoid misunderstandings.

As an organizer, it is your responsibility to determine the distribution of available funds. This is critical when there are not enough funds to pay all of the expenses encumbered by invited speakers. In this case, you must indicate to the Secretary/Treasurer the level of partial reimbursements to be accorded to each speaker.

Regional Meeting Support

The Organic Division will provide funding and programming support for organizing organic chemistry-related symposia at ACS Regional Meetings. Please See the Regional Support Page