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Scientific Committee for CI2020 International Being Sought

Thursday, January 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Thomas
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Call for Proposals for the Scientific Program Committee
16th International Conference on Cochlear Implants
and Other Implantable Technologies


The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance) is seeking proposals from North American institutions desiring to serve as the Scientific Program Committee and Educational Directors for the 2020 CI International Symposium. It is expected that the symposium will be held in May or June of 2020. This major cochlear implant symposium is expected to draw 1500 to 2000 attendees from around the world. A letter of interest and intent to propose is due March 1, 2016. A complete proposal (such as a PowerPoint presentation) is due April 21, 2016. An in-person presentation to the selection committee is required and will be held at the time of the upcoming CI International Conference in Toronto on May 11-14, 2016. The meeting with the committee is tentatively scheduled late afternoon or early evening on May 11, just prior to the official start of the CI2016 CI Symposium on Thursday morning, May 12.

The CI 2020 Conference will be organized in a collaborative manner similar to the conferences convened by ACI Alliance in cooperation with cochlear implant institutions. This format, which was utilized for the first time in December 2014 with Vanderbilt University, divides responsibilities between the sponsor (ACI Alliance) and the institution serving as the Scientific Program Committee. This format allows for continuity in administration, while allowing clinicians and scientists to focus on the scientific program. 

 Scientific Program Committee Responsibilities

• Conceptualization of the focus and theme(s) of the Scientific Program  
• Decision-making on invited, podium and poster presentations including abstract review
• Development of Proceedings


ACI Alliance Responsibilities
• Oversee and develop content for website, abstract submission process, registration, design
• Oversee day-to-day work of meeting planners
• Budget development and oversight including registration fee schedule
• Marketing and publicity
• Sponsor/member relationships
• Decision-making on type of proceedings document, publication policy, dissemination, website posting


Applicants should include the following information in their proposal:
1.     Information on their cochlear implant program including clinical, educational and scientific activities. Include details on the composition of the CI team, specific outreach/research programs that contribute to the field, and the nature of involvement in past CI meetings;

2.     Interest in, and support of, this effort by their institution(s). (Note: the institution(s) may be a hospital, university or other educational organization, or stand-alone for-profit or non-­profit entity);

3.     Key individuals who will lead the effort;

4.     Information about possible meeting venues (i.e., hotels) that could house the conference.  Indicate a primary venue and at least one other to allow for competitive bidding. Discuss housing costs in your locale. (Please do not begin any bidding or confirm dates with local venues. This will be taken care of by our meeting planners, who are adept at this process.) Provide information on the airport accessibility from other cities and also location relative to the proposed venue; and

5.     Whether the entity is an Organizational Member of ACI Alliance. (Priority will be given to those who are Organizational Members at the time of application.)


For additional information and to submit your letter of interest and proposal, please contact our Executive Director Donna Sorkin:


Key Dates

Letter of Interest deadline:


 March 1, 2016

 Written Proposal deadline:


 April 21, 2016

 In-Person Presentation:                                                                     


At CI2016 in Toronto. Date and time to be determined. Potentially to be held late  afternoon of May 11 or during the conference timeframe May 12-14, 2016


Thank you for your interest.



ACI Alliance Conferences Committee
Chair: Bruce Gantz MD  
Craig Buchman MD
David Haynes MD
K. Todd Houston PhD
Jan Larky MA
John Niparko MD
Nancy Young MD

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