Call for Special Topic Symposia Sessions

The Call for Special Topic Symposia Sessions Submission site is closed.
Multidisciplinary researchers, educators, clinicians, administrators, and healers will join together for the Science of Tai Chi & Qigong as Whole-Person Health Conference held in Boston, MA, from September 18-19, 2023. The Conference theme is Advancing the Integration of Mind Body Practices in Contemporary Healthcare. 


Topic Areas

Submissions will be accepted in the following topic areas:

  • How TCQ Can Help Address Issues Around DEI and Health Disparities
  • Innovative Methodologies in Clinical and Translational TCQ Research (including but not limited to: remote delivery/virtual platforms/telehealth, use of wearable sensors, and other biotechnology)
  • Facilitators and Barriers Around Implementation and Dissemination of TCQ (including but not limited to: issues around credentialing providers, cost-effectiveness, insurance, policy)
  • TCQ in Specific Populations (e.g., cancer, Parkinson’s, stroke, pediatrics, dementia)
  • Intersection of TCQ, Nature, and Planetary Health
  • TCQ as Part of Multicomponent Interventions (i.e., integration with other therapeutic modalities)
  • Biophysiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying clinical effects of TCQ 
  • Mechanisms and Processes underlying Clinical Benefits (e.g., Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Microbiota)

Session Formats

Submissions will be accepted in the following formats:

  • Individual/Panel Discussions: (60 minutes)

These sessions have more emphasis on presenting differing points of view than symposia, and greater emphasis on interaction with the audience and more opportunity for audience participation. Traditional session room with audio/visual and individual seating.


  • Symposia (60 minutes)

Symposia sessions are intended to be formal presentations on the "state of the science" of a particular area. Traditional session room with audio/visual and individual seating.


  • Experiential Workshops: (60 minutes)

Experiential workshop sessions should focus on demonstration/skill-building, in contrast to other main conference sessions. No audio/visual – clean and clear room, for movement sessions.


  • Hybrid

The room has provided audio/visual, but can provide more open space and not traditional seating.

Submission Deadline

The Call for Symposia will close on  Friday, April 21, 2023 at 11:59pm PT

Status Notification

Notification of the status of your proposal will be sent in June 2023. On occasion, the committee may request to combine sessions with complementary topics or reassign the topic area selected during the submission process. Submitters will be notified well in advance if it is deemed necessary to combine sessions. Please hold the dates of September 18-19, 2023 until you are notified of the status of your submission.

Submission Requirements

Submissions MUST include the following information:

  • Contact information for all presenters involved in the session being proposed. 
  • A two-to-three sentence biography for each presenter.
  • Session title (maximum of 150 characters) and session objectives.
  • Proposal Overview (maximum of 125 words).
  • Rationale: Why is the topic important and what is it's relevance to the conference themes?
  • Objectives: What will participants know or be able to do as a result of this session?
  • Topic Outline: Main points of the session.
  • Methods/Session Format: Indicate amount of time to be allocated to each speaker or element of the program. Describe the format of the session.
  • All submissions must be made through the Call for Sessions site.
  • TCQ registration includes submission of up to two (2) program sessions. Additional submissions will be billed at $50 each.

**PLEASE NOTE: If accepted, ALL presenters will be required to register for the TCQ Conference.


Submitter/Key Contact Responsibilities
  • Review presenters’ responsibilities with each presenter prior to submission.
  • Provide a two-to-three sentence bio summary for each presenter for introduction purposes.
  • Communicate the accept/decline status of the proposal to all additional presenters.
  • Hold the Conference session dates of  September 18-19, 2023 until notified of your proposal status.
  • If selected, contact each presenter to re-confirm their participation and remind them to register for the TCQ Conference.
  • CME Disclosure at a later date.
Presenter Responsibilities
  • Provide contact information, completed/signed CME disclosure form (coming soon) and a headshot to submitter.
  • If selected, register and pay for the TCQ Conference. 


Due to the level of interest in presenting sessions and constraints of the symposium schedule, some worthy proposals may not be accepted. All proposals will undergo extensive review by members of the Conference Planning Committee. Choosing the appropriate session format and ensuring all items on the application are carefully addressed will increase the chance of acceptance. Selection will be determined on the basis of:
  1. Scientific quality
  2. Theme representation
  3. Appropriateness of the format
  4. Number of presentation spots available

Proposal Terms & Conditions 

By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions: 

  • Accepted presenters do not receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses for presentation at the TCQ Conference. 
  • All presenters must register and pay to attend the TCQ Conference. 
  • If selected, presenters agree to adhere to the schedule established by the Conference and comply with all requirements set forth by the Planning Committee.



If you have any questions regarding the 2023 Call for Sessions process, please email