Guidelines

• The Scandinavian Physiological Society (SPS) Symposia are open to all participants at SPS meetings. The intention is that symposia should stimulate and update the ”specialists” in the field and also be interesting to participants with a different scientific background. The symposia should be of high scientific standard and of reasonably broad interest.

• The local organizing committee and SPS invite all members of the SPS/NFF to submit symposia proposals approx. 1½-1 years before the meeting by e-mail. The overall conditions for the symposia as outlined below should be conveyed at this point.

• Special Interest Groups under the auspices of the Scandinavian Physiological Society are expected to submit at least one proposal to each meeting in order to attract participants from the SIG:s. The local organizing committee directly contacts the SIG chairman in due time before the meeting. SPS executive board provides lists of SIG:s and SIG members.

• The local organizing committee/scientific committee, in consultation with the SPS Executive board, chooses the symposia among the submitted suggestions. If the committee is not satisfied with quantity and/or quality of the proposals, the deadline for submission could be prolonged and the organizers could contact scientists directly. The SPS can provide assistance at this step if required.

• Symposia usually have 4-6 invited speakers. SPS strongly encourages that the selected symposia have participants from at least three different Scandinavian countries as if possible, in addition to other European and International speakers. This information should also be conveyed to all members when proposals are called for.

• The organizing committee may decide to include one or several presentations selected from submitted abstracts in symposia and still have separate free oral presentations.

• Abstracts should be submitted by all speakers at symposia. All symposia participants should register formally to the meeting.

• SPS provides a fixed, limited amount of funding (e.g. 30.000 SEK) for each of a reasonable number of symposia, typically 5-10 in a regular SPS meeting. This funding is available to the symposia organizers for reimbursements upon delivery of original receipts or signed copies.

• Each of the symposium organizers, after acceptance of the symposium, should inform the participant speakers about the conditions; the time, place, reimbursement and especially the maximal expenses that are covered by the SPS. Expenses beyond the fixed amount are covered by the participant. It is the responsibility of the organizing committee to inform each symposium organizer about this.

• The organizers of symposia should stimulate the participants to submit review-papers to Acta Physiologica. Such manuscripts are subject to regular peer-review.