Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups gather Congress participants who are interested in discussing challenging, controversial, or emerging issues and dilemmas of interest with an international or regional audience in a genuinely interactive way.

The IPC consider Discussion Groups as integral to fostering international collaboration and sharing on topics that are of importance and relevance to Congress participants from different countries.

This is a participant-led activity

Topics for Discussion Groups are proposed by Congress participants. Successful proposers assume responsibility for organising the two 90-minute sessions on their chosen topic which will be included in the program schedule for ICME-15. A sub-committee of the IPC will take an active role in helping those involved become important components of the Scientific Program that engage and inform colleagues in a genuinely interactive way.

Proposal process

Congress participants wishing to organise a Discussion Group at ICME-15 are invited to submit an initial proposal using the link below.

Submissions are now open, and will be accepted up to 1 November 2023.

Proposals should include:

  • The leader(s) of the Discussion Group
  • A description of the theme, including anticipated aims and a rationale for the topic

The focus of a Discussion Group should not repeat the broad areas covered in the Topic Study Groups.

Key Dates

Milestones Dates
Expressions of Interest to participateNow Open
First AnnouncementNow Available
Proposals for National Presentations & Discussion GroupsNow Open
Proposals for National Presentations close31-Dec-22
TSG Papers and Posters processes opens01-Mar-23
Second Announcement01-May-23
Proposals for Workshops open01-May-23
Congress Registrations open01-Jun-23
Solidarity Fund Applications open01-Jun-23
Proposals for Discussion Groups and Workshops close01-Nov-23
Applications for support from Solidarity Fund close30-Nov-23
Full Congress Program released on website and smartphone app01-June-24