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Call for Scientific Sessions

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) welcomes and invites scientific session proposals for the 2024 CMS Winter Meeting in Richmond, BC at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel from November 29 – December 2, 2024.


  • The purpose of the scientific sessions is to share cutting edge research on a given mathematical topic, as suggested by the organizers.

  • Sessions are scheduled blocks, with each block ranging from 2 to 2.5 hours in length, and take place from November 30 - December 2. Typical scientific sessions have between 10 and 20 talks of 20 minutes each, with 10 minutes between talks, but 50-min talks are possible. Indeed, the organizers are welcome to suggest non-traditional usage of the block times and format.

  • In accordance with the CMS mandate to propose conferences which are accessible and welcoming to all groups, diversity amongst organizers and speakers is strongly encouraged. To support organizers in their important work and in their efforts towards inclusivity and diversity, the CMS will host an open call for abstracts for all sessions, and asks organizers to consider all eligible abstract submissions for their session.

  • Diversity includes topics of interest, career stages, geographic location, and demographics; designated underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.

  • Note that there will be a separate follow-up call for Education Sessions.

  • All proposed sessions should be in line with the CMS Code of Conduct.

Proposals should be submitted online, and will require the following:

1.    Names, affiliations, and contact information for two or three organizers: A lead organizer and one or two co-organizer(s).
2.    A title and a two to three-sentence summary that will be posted on the website for potential speakers.
3.    The number of session blocks requested (morning blocks are 2.5 hours, afternoon blocks are 2 hours).
4.    A pdf file including a description of the topic and purpose of the session (1-2 paragraphs), for consideration by the Scientific Committee, not to be posted.
5.    A spreadsheet including list of possible speakers. Please have columns "Last Name", "First Name", "Affiliation", "Career Stage", and "Webpage", with as much information filled out for potential speakers as possible.

Proposals will be selected by the Scientific Organizing Committee, limited by available classroom space, with priority for sessions that show intention to include a mix of senior and junior researchers, to make parts of their session accessible to graduate students, and to include speakers from designated underrepresented groups.

A note on Organizers

The lead organizer should hold a PhD or equivalent in the area of expertise relevant to the session's subject. Having a senior researcher (e.g. Professor or tenured Associate Professor) paired with someone earlier in their career (e.g. tenure track Assistant Professor or Postdoctoral Fellow) would be ideal.
We place great value on your contributions as organizers. Our primary goal is to provide the best possible experience for all attendees, and this is often better achieved by dedicating your efforts to a single, impactful session. As such, we recommend that each potential organizer only propose a single session.

Submission Form and Deadlines: 

Please submit proposals by filling out this form. There will be two rounds of submissions. Proposals submitted by June 15, 2024, will be considered in the first round, with responses ongoing.  The deadline for the second round will be September 15, 2024.

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