Call for Session Proposals

Translational Science is no longer seeking session proposals for its 2020 program. To ensure the most innovative and forward-looking meeting, we want your ideas for workshops, panel discussions, platform presentations, and other creative content.

Serving institutional academic and operations leadership, research mentors and directors, top-tier scholars and trainees, and essential collaborators, no other meeting has as broad and deep a reach. We are inviting you to train the next generation of researchers, inform current research leadership, build opportunities for team science, or generate consensus on best practices for clinical and translational research across academic, industry, community and federal environments.

We challenge you to submit ideas that accomplish all of these.

  • Thursday, August 1: Call for Submissions Opens
  • Friday, September 13: Call for Submissions Closes - Due to the influx of submissions, some individuals experienced technical difficulties. Please email Amy Cheng at to request an extension.
  • Friday, September 27: Individuals Notified of Their Acceptance Status  - Due to the number of submissions, individuals will be notified of their acceptance in October. 


Topic Categories

As the year’s premier gathering of clinical and translational researchers, Translational Science is committed to the highest quality content designed to impact clinical and translational research. Prior meeting schedules can provide some excellent topic ideas, and a general list of pertinent topics follows:

  • Team Science
  • Regulatory Science
  • Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design
  • Education and Career Development
  • Research Skills
  • Precision Medicine/Health
  • Research Management, Operations and Administration
  • Community Engagement
  • Contemporary Research Methods
  • Science Policy and Advocacy

We encourage you to reach beyond these ideas to design sessions that will broadly advance clinical and translational research. Successful proposals will provide a brief description of the session format, learning objectives, and proposed speakers, panelists, moderators, or workshop leaders. Led by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) with the Clinical Research Forum (CR Forum), the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the PhRMA Foundation, our goal is to provide our community with tomorrow’s research tools today.

If multiple sessions addressing similar topics are identified, we may request submitters to work together to design a combined session. Sessions that do not identify speakers will receive lower priority than those that name speakers. We prefer not to receive proposed sessions on original clinical and translational science research; such content can be submitted when the call for abstracts for scientific posters and oral presentations is released October 1, 2019.


Register for the Conference

All speakers are responsible for their own registration and will receive the early bird pricing. Registration will open in December. ACTS Education Manager, Amy Cheng, will be in touch with registration instructions once registration opens. 


Housing and Travel

Speakers will be responsible for their travel and hotel accommodations. The housing link will be provided in your email from ACTS Education Manager, Amy Cheng, and additionally in your registration confirmation email. The attendee room rate is $279 (plus fees and taxes) and will be available through March 13, 2020. The Marriott Wardman Park will fill up quickly and speakers are encouraged to book early. 


If you have any questions about the call for submissions process, please contact