The latest addition to the Biochemical Society’s portfolio of activities is the Hot Topic Events. The idea – to allow a short meeting to be organized from soup to nuts in six months – was discussed by the Theme Panels back in 2009. The Meetings Board agreed to take a risk, and early in 2010 the Society called for proposals for the first Hot Topic Event to take place later that year. In 2011 the Society organized another two Hot Topic Events, both of which sold out.
The concept of Hot Topic Events is simple – the science must be emerging, allowing for novel topics to be brought to the scientific community whilst they are still ‘hot off the shelf’. The objective is not to (necessarily) attract swathes of delegates, as the nature of the topic may not permit this, but rather to allow organizers to plan a one-day conference with stellar speakers at very short notice. The proceedings and abstracts of Hot Topic Events are unpublished, in order to promote the exchange of novel information and ideas.
In 2012, the Society has a budget in place to organize another three Hot Topic events, providing travel and accommodation allowances for speakers and organizers, as well as full secretariat support.
Let us know what you think should be featured in a one-day event hosted by the Biochemical Society inLondonduring November or December 2012. The next deadline for Hot Topic Event proposals is 30 April 2012.