Abstract Submission

Our members drive the NCM Annual Meeting program. Your perspectives, research, ideas and outlook ensure a rigorous meeting program while providing valuable contributions to ongoing research on motor control.

Abstract Submission Guide

We are now accepting submissions for the Annual Meeting in a variety of presentation types – Team, poster and a new presentation type, 5 minute Blitz talks.

Sessions are designed to be informative and interactive for all participants and to promote vigorous discussion during the live Q&A/Discussion sessions following all sessions, including Blitz Talks.

The NCM Board and Program Chair strive to have a balanced and diverse podium and encourage submissions, both team and individual, from all membership categories.

The NCM Board encourages established and new members alike to  participate in the annual meeting by leading a session or by presenting in one of the many options available to you whether it be as a team presentation, blitz talk or poster. The board anticipates the new Blitz talks, like the traditional individuals, will be highly sought after as a quick presentation of current data.

The three types of submissions have distinct closing dates that will allow members whose abstract is not accepted for early closings to submit an abstract for another format.

Accepted abstracts will be available on the meeting website prior to the meeting.

IMPORTANT: No person can speak in more than one session each year. Do not submit a blitz talk if you are part of an accepted team presentation.  Submitters are welcome to submit for a poster in addition to a team or blitz talk submission.

Submission Deadlines

For the 2021 Annual Meeting, the following submission schedule has been established. Please refer to the submission guidelines for each of these submission types (Team, Blitz or Poster) prior to submitting your abstract. Note: You must be an NCM member in good standing to submit an abstract.

Team (Multi-Author)Now Open

Submission Opens: November 9, 2020

Submission Closes:December 3, 2020

 

Blitz TalksNot yet open

Submission Opens: January 4, 2021

Submission Closes:February 15, 2021

 

Poster PresentationNot yet open

Submission Opens: January 4, 2021

Submission Closes: February 25, 2021

*Submission deadlines are midnight CST on the indicated submission date. For each submission type, a member may submit one (1) abstract.

 

IMPORTANT: Confirmations of accepted submissions will be issued via email at the following times:

Team Submissions – Early January
Blitz Talks – Early March
Poster Presentations – Late February/Early March

If you have not received a confirmation email from us, please contact us.

Did you know?

Gender Across Membership

In 2019 only 29% of our membership identified as female

Podium Presenters

In 2019 only 29% of our presenters identified as female

Team Submitters

In 2019 only 30% of our team submitters identified as female

Individual Submitters

In 2019 only 17% of our individual submitters identified as female

Team Submission Guidelines

These sessions will consist of pre-recorded video presentations available in advance of the meeting followed by a scheduled dedicated live Q&A time lead by a discussant.

Accepted teams will be required to submit one (1) video by the deadline date and provide confirmation of acceptance for the video to be displayed during the virtual meeting.  Accepted team members must also be available for the live discussion session.

Team Submission Guidelines
  • Ensure your NCM membership is in good standing
  • Decide on your Presentation Format (see list below) and prepare your submission based on its respective requirements.
  • Prepare to enter the contact name, affiliation/institution name and email address for each of the abstract team members. Please note, all team members must be NCM members in good standing at the time of the conference.
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225 character limit) for the team submission.
  • Prepare a justification of why your session is relevant and important to NCM attendees (max 1300 character limit – approximately 200 words)
  • Prepare a statement of how the composition of the proposed session reflects the diversity of the field (e.g., women, geographic location, underrepresented minorities, career stage).
  • Identify a potential discussant who will lead the discussion period of the session (optional).  Note that the discussant role does not include presentation or slide opportunities but they should familiarize themselves in advance of the session, including key points that will be made by each speaker. The primary responsibility of the discussant is to lead the discussion by encouraging dialogue between the audience and speakers, including asking and/or redirecting questions as needed to stimulate exchange.
  • Prepare the abstract (max 3000 character limit – approximately 500 words) for the overall session
  • Prepare an abstract for each speaker in the session (max 1800 character limit – approximately 300 words).  This information will be used in the review process only.
  • Submit all the required information via NCM’s online abstract management system. Please note, when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (ie. notepad, wordpad) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors.
  • Optional: Should you wish to include a supplemental one-page description of the motivation and goals of the session, its participants, and a plan for coordination, you may upload this during the submission process.
  • All NCM members are limited to presenting 1 (one) oral presentation (either team or blitz), regardless of how many proposals have been submitted, but members are welcome to submit a poster presentation in addition to an oral presentation.
Team Presentation Expectations
  • The most important part of the team sessions at NCM is to provide a forum for active discussion of important issues in motor control. Therefore, sufficient time must be devoted to general discussion and audience participation and not more data presentation. A potential discussant is to be identified during the submission process.  Note that the discussant should not be a member of the same lab as any of the presenters.
  • Session leaders and co-presenters should interact and coordinate their session before recording the video to hone their session and determine ways to interact with potential discussants where appropriate.
  • It is expected that teams will submit one (1) video with all presenters, including the chair, for the duration of the presentations.
  • All team members must be available for the scheduled live discussion.
  • All team members must be registered to attend the virtual meeting by the start of the meeting.

Scholarship award applications for Team participants

If the team contains a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow trainee, they may be eligible for a scholarship award. Please visit the Scholarships page for more information, and have the trainee email their application and supporting documents directly to Development Officer: Brian Corneil

Team Presentations Formats

Team presentations can be submitted based on one of the following presentation formats:

Panel

The panel format is NCM’s traditional session format. This session has a maximum of 4 speakers.  This session should provide broad appeal to the community.  Background, motivation and didactic elements by way of introduction are important in order to engage our various NCM sub-communities.

Guidelines

Maximum of 4 speakers per panel. Session schedules should consider:

  • Short introduction by the team leader/chair to introduce the panel and explain the motivation and relation between presentations
  • A total of 80 minutes for all presentations, including time for the chair to ask one question of each presenter at the completion of their presentation to be recorded in advance and provided as one video for the community to watch prior to the Q&A session
  • 30 minutes of general panel discussion and live moderated Q&A at a scheduled time. In your abstract submission please indicate what the main discussion points will be during the panel discussion. This will help prepare the audience to be actively involved in the main discussion.
  • Final panel discussion will include a designated discussant (without slides) to serve as discussion catalysts. A suggested discussant may be included in the submission process.
  • Panel members should plan ahead and meet before the video recordings to review, hone and adjust the session. Cohesion between and across presentations is important.
  • One video must be be provided by the deadline date for accepted presentations.
  • All team members must be available for the scheduled live Q&A session.
Perspectives

This format is a recent addition to NCM. Perspective sessions include several different styles. Speakers will contribute their perspective on a modern challenge, including a review of the topic at hand, controversies, outlook, and speculation. Perspective styles include:

  • Short Panel – emphasizing emerging areas or technologies, as well as topics novel to NCM.
  • Clinical-science Interchange – synergy in the understanding of a disease (or class of diseases) from both vantages (e.g. resembling a clinical patho-physiology conference). What can we (have we) learned from clinical sources and from scientific inquiry? How has this confluence advanced our understanding, guided directions, or aided treatment?
  • Controversies (or Collegiate Debates) – different perspectives and interpretations, each based upon supporting evidence. Is there a path toward reconciliation, and with what required elements or experiments?
  • Historical Overview – glorious moments, breakthroughs, conflicts, or paths towards enlightenment.

Guidelines

Ideally includes 2 or 3 presenters. Session schedules should consider:

  • Short introduction by the team leader/chair to introduce the panel and explain the motivation and relation between presentations
  • A total of 80 minutes, or less, for all presentations, including time for the chair to ask one question of each presenter at the completion of their presentation to be recorded in advance and provided as one video for the community to watch prior to the Q&A session
  • 30 minutes of general panel discussion and live moderated Q&A to close the session. In your abstract submission please indicate what the main discussion points will be during the panel discussion. This will help prepare the audience to be actively involved in the main discussion.
  • Final panel discussion will include a designated discussant (without slides) to serve as discussion catalysts. A suggested discussant may be included in the submission process.
  • Panel members should plan ahead and meet before the video recordings to review, hone and adjust the session. Cohesion between and across presentations is important.
  • One video must be be provided by the deadline date for accepted presentations.
  • All team members must be available for the scheduled live Q&A session.

The deadline for submitting a Team presentation is December 3, 2020

Blitz Talks

Blitz talk sessions allow authors to present new and novel findings in a short talk highlighting the new research.  There will be blitz talks scheduled each day of the meeting and will consist of a 5-minute live presentation followed by one minute of moderated Q&A time, if applicable.  Pre-recorded 5 minute videos will be considered if requested but all speakers will need to be available for the live session.  Following the daily blitz talks, dedicated discussion time will occur with speakers in parallel sessions to optimize the discussion and Q&A opportunities.

Blitz Guidelines
  • IMPORTANT: No person can speak in more than one session this year.  If you are part of an accepted team presentation, you are not eligible for a blitz talk
  • Ensure your NCM membership is in good standing
  • Select a Presentation Theme that most closely describes your blitz talk (see list below)
  • Prepare to enter your contact name, affiliation/institution name and email address
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225 character limit)
  • Enter three (3) highlights of the submission (max 225 characters)
  • Prepare a brief statement justifying why the submission should be considered for a blitz talk, specifically referencing the novelty, unpublished data or new findings (max 1300 characters – approximately 200 words)
  • Prepare the abstract (max 3000 character limit – approximately 500 words)
  • Submit the abstract via NCM’s online abstract management system. Please note, when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (ie. notepad, wordpad) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors.
  • Optional: If you are applying for a Scholarship Award, you must prepare your required Scholarship application documents and upload them during the abstract submission process
  • All NCM members are limited to presenting 1 (one) oral presentation (team or blitz), regardless of how many proposals have been submitted, but members are welcome to submit a poster presentation in addition to an oral presentation

Blitz Talk Themes

Individual Presentations are invited in the following subject areas (themes):

*Control of Eye and Head Movement
*Posture and Gait
*Fundamentals of Motor Control
*Integrative Control of Movement
*Disorders of Motor Control
*Adaption and Plasticity in Motor Control
*Theoretical and Computational Motor Control

The deadline for submitting a blitz talk is February 15, 2021

Individual Poster Guidelines

Poster Sessions

These sessions provide the best venue for presenting new and novel findings and includes ample discussion on-site. Posters will be divided among the three meeting days and presenting authors in a session are expected to be present during their scheduled poster session.  Virtual posters will be available for review throughout the meeting dates allowing for significant visibility and opportunity for conversation.  Poster presenters will have the ability to present a pdf of their poster, along with a short 5-minute video describing their poster/research, and opportunities for direct one on one chat with fellow attendees.

Individual Poster Submission Guidelines
  • Ensure your NCM membership is in good standing
  • Select a Presentation Theme that most closely describes your presentation (see list below).
  • Prepare to enter your contact name, affiliation/institution name and email address.
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225, incl. spaces, character limit).
  • Prepare the abstract (max 3000 character limit, incl. spaces – approximately 500 words).
  • Submit the abstract via NCM’s online abstract management system. Please note, when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (ie. notepad, wordpad) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors.
  • Please note, submitters of posters are NOT eligible for a scholarship award.  If a submitter would like to apply for a scholarship, they must submit either as part of a team presentation or for a blitz talk.

Individual Poster Presentation Themes

Individual Presentations are invited in the following subject areas (themes):

*Control of Eye and Head Movement
*Posture and Gait
*Fundamentals of Motor Control
*Integrative Control of Movement
*Disorders of Motor Control
*Adaption and Plasticity in Motor Control
*Theoretical and Computational Motor Control

The deadline for submitting a poster presentation is February 25, 2021