There is one month left to submit an abstract for the SOT 63rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, taking place March 10–14, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In an effort to showcase more abstracts and increase presentation opportunities, as well as the diversity of science at the meeting, the SOT Scientific Program Committee (SPC) has reserved additional space for Platform Sessions. Presenters for these sessions, which involve oral presentations instead of posters, are selected based on the topic and quality of their submitted abstract. For these additional Platform Sessions, the SPC is looking specifically for abstracts on artificial intelligence; developmental and juvenile toxicology; kidney; liver; and nanotoxicology/microplastics. If you are willing to deliver a Platform Session presentation, select “Platform or Poster” as the preference type during the abstract submission process—note that this does not guarantee that you will be assigned to a Platform Session instead of Poster Session, but it tells the SPC that you are open to an oral presentation.
The abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 13, at 11:59 pm (US EST, UTC -5), and the cost is $65 per abstract. Acceptance notices will be sent to presenting authors, designating placement in a Platform or Poster Session, by early January 2024 so that authors can register for the meeting before the early-bird registration deadline. If your abstract is accepted, you are expected to register for and attend the meeting in Salt Lake City to present your research during your assigned Poster or Platform Session.
To help increase the number of successful abstract submissions, the SPC has created an abstract submission form that has applicants break their abstract into the four main parts that the reviewers evaluate:
- Background and Purpose
The first few sentences of your abstract will go in the “Background and Purpose” box of the submission form and should describe why you embarked on this work and your overall purpose or objective.
The next few sentences of your abstract will go in the “Methods” box and will provide a description of how your research was done.
Arguably the most important portion of your abstract are the sentences conveying your results. This means data! If your study is not the kind to produce data, clearly summarize the results and findings. Do not include figures, tables, or chemical structures and avoid nonstandard acronyms.
The final sentences of your abstract should convey the impact or significance of your work to the field of toxicology.
For additional assistance in understanding how to construct a successful abstract, visit the “Abstract Submissions” web page on the 2024 Annual Meeting website, where you also can find information on common reasons abstracts are rejected.
We look forward to receiving your abstracts and an exciting week of science in Salt Lake City in March 2024!
Laurie C. Haws, PhD, DABT, ATS
SOT Vice President and
2023–2024 Scientific Program Committee Chair
Cynthia Rider, PhD, DABT
SOT Vice President–Elect and
2023–2024 Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair