Submit a Topical Workshop Session Proposal by 22 November

IASP is accepting session proposals for Topical Workshops at the 2022 World Congress on Pain, 19 - 23 September, in Toronto. Topical Workshops provide attendees a state-of-the-art overview on a wide range of topics in pain research, offering practical reviews of current research and therapies, and allowing attendees to participate in formal and informal discussions with international experts on pain management and pain research.

Five Topical Workshop Formats:

Panel Workshop

Workshop involves a panel of presenters giving in-depth, state-of-the art lectures on a range of topics, including cutting-edge research, clinical treatments, and translation from research to practice.

Demonstration Workshop

Workshop presents techniques, tools, devices, or approaches in the form of a demonstration.

Interview and Conversation Workshop

Workshop features informal discussions/interviews between a moderator and speaker(s).

Open Format Workshop

The Scientific Program Committee welcomes your suggestion for a new workshop structure currently not offered through the established options.

Debate Workshop

Workshop presents a debate between two speakers and one moderator.

Best Practices

Diversity and inclusion are priorities of IASP and World Congress programming must ensure representation of all members. IASP encourages and promotes participation, accessibility, active representation and leadership from diverse populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, age and religion. Beyond promoting diversity, the association promotes an environment that is supportive of all diverse groups in the interest of advancing science.

Submission Guidelines

Panel Workshops: 90-minute workshops that involve a panel of presenters giving in-depth, state-of-the art lectures on a range of topics, including cutting-edge research, clinical treatments, and translation from research to practice. Each speaker has 20 minutes for their presentations, followed by five-minutes of questions after each session. There is also dedicated time at the end of the session for additional discussion with the audience to explore common themes from the lectures, challenges addressed, and solutions offered.

Debate Workshops: 90-minute workshops presented by two speakers and one moderator. The moderator states the motion and gives a brief five-minute overview. The proposer for the motion states their case (25-minutes). The opponent then presents their case (25-minutes). After presenting arguments, the proposer and opponent each receive five-minutes to respond to each other’s arguments. 20-25 minutes are reserved for the end of the session where the audience can participate in the discussion. Meeting technology can be used to take audience polls and name a debate winner.

Interview and Conversation Workshops: Informal discussions between a moderator and a speaker or set of speakers. An interview format is used. Format presentations are not given. The moderator is prepared with questions for the speaker(s) to start and then guide conversation on the topic. Speaker(s) share their experiences with, understanding of, and lessons learned about the topic, and include personal anecdotes, insights, and real world application. Audience engagement is encouraged and questions are fielded by the session moderator. Meeting technology can be used to crowd source questions and administer audience polls.

Hands-Off Demonstration Workshops: 90-minute sessions in which techniques, tools, devices, or approaches are presented in the form of a demonstration. The session can include a maximum of four presenters, one of whom serves as the chair. Presentations are in-depth demonstration lectures on the subject and explain real-world application. Sessions should include time for audience engagement and questions. Hands-Off Demonstrations differ from Hands-On Workshops as the presenters will solely use the equipment/devices (not the attendees).

Open Format Workshops: The Scientific Program Committee welcomes your suggestion for a new workshop structure currently not offered through the established options. Please describe your proposed workshop, format, and topic to be addressed. You may include three or four speakers, one of whom should be the chair of the session.

Please Select Your Workshop Type:

Workshop Title (200 characters maximum): Proposal must have a short, specific title (containing no abbreviations) that indicates the nature of the session. All titles should be written in title case (the first  letter of each word in your title is capitalized, except for certain small words, such as articles and short prepositions). 

Intended Audience: 

  • Cross-disciplinary 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Basic Science 
  • Translational Research 

Workshop Description (200 words maximum): Provide a brief description of the session. If accepted,  this text will be used to promote this session to attendees. This text will be displayed on the Congress website, Congress mobile app, marketing materials, etc. 

Why Should This Proposal be Accepted? (200 word maximum): Consider why this is the right time for  the work to be presented. What challenge or advancement to the field does this workshop address?  

How Do You Plan to Proactively Engage the Audience? (200 word maximum) 

Educational Objectives: Provide 3 educational objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable.  They should describe objectives, applications, and implications of the session. 

Complete the sentence, "Upon completion of this session, attendees will..." Use action words to begin this educational objective, such as list, describe, define, demonstrate, conduct, etc. 

Panel Speakers: Include three speakers to your panel. Please note that you must select one speaker to be the chair of the panel. 

  • Name 
  • Address  
  • City 
  • State 
  • Zip Code 
  • Country 
  • Email 
  • Credentials/Designation (MD, PhD, etc.) 
  • Position 
  • Department 
  • Institution
  • Specialty 
  • Is the speaker a member of IASP?  
  • Is the speaker a published author?  
  • If so, please provide the H-index and up to five publications for the proposed speaker.

Individual Presentation Descriptions 

  • Provide a short description of each of the three presentations. (200 word maximum)
  • Key Insight: Please provide one key insight that learners will take away from each presentation. (200 word maximum) 
  • How is this chair/speaker relevant to this topic? What expertise and knowledge will this chair or speaker bring to this format? (200 word maximum) 
  • Please list up to three publications on this topic for each proposed speaker.  

Workshop Title (200 characters maximum): A proposal must have a short, specific title (containing no abbreviations) that indicates the nature of the session. All titles should be written in title case (the first letter of each word in your title is capitalized, except for certain small words, such as articles and short prepositions).  

Intended Audience: 

  • Cross-disciplinary 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Basic Science 
  • Translational Research 

Description of Debate Workshop (200 word maximum): Please state the motion to be debated: “This house believes...” 

Why Should This Session Be Accepted? (200 words maximum): Consider why this is the right time for  the debate to be held. Why is this debate topical and timely? What challenge or advancement to the field does this workshop address?  

Why would the debate format serve this topic well? (200 words maximum): What aspects of the topic  need to be debated? 

How Do You Plan to Proactively Engage the Audience? (200 word maximum)

Educational Objectives: Provide 3 educational objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable. They should describe objectives, applications, and implications of the session. 

Complete the sentence, "Upon completion of this session, attendees will..." Use action words to begin this educational objective, such as list, describe, define, demonstrate, conduct, etc. 

Debate Speakers: Please add a chair (moderator) and a speaker for and a speaker against the motion. 

  • Name 
  • Address  
  • City 
  • State 
  • Zip Code 
  • Country 
  • Email 
  • Credentials/Designation (MD, PhD, etc.) 
  • Position 
  • Department 
  • Institution 
  • Specialty 
  • Is the speaker a member of IASP?  
  • Is the speaker a published author?  
  • If so, please provide the H-index and up to five publications for the proposed speaker.

Individual Debate Presentations: Please complete the following information for both debates. 

  • Position Statement (200 word maximum): Please write a clear position statement to describe this speaker's argument for or against the motion. 
  • Argument and Presentation Description (200 word maximum): Please provide a brief description of this presentation and argument. 
  • Key Insight (200 word maximum): Provide one key insight learners will take away from this presentation. 
  • Why is this person qualified to chair (or speak for or against)? How is this speaker or moderator relevant to this topic? (200 word maximum)
  • Please provide up to three publications for the chair or speaker.

Workshop Title (200 character maximum): A proposal must have a short, specific title (containing no abbreviations) that indicates the nature of the session. All titles should be written in title case (the first letter of each word in your title is capitalized, except for certain small words, such as articles and short prepositions).

Intended Audience:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Research
  • Basic Science
  • Education/Knowledge Translation
  • Translational Research

Workshop Description (200 word maximum): Please provide a brief description of the session. If accepted, this text will be used to promote this session to attendees. This text will be displayed on the Congress website, Congress mobile app, marketing material, etc.

Why should this session be accepted? (200 word maximum): Please consider why is this the right time for the work to be presented? What challenge or advancement to the field does this workshop address?

How do you plan to proactively engage the audience? 

Why are these speakers the most appropriate speakers on this topic? (200 word maximum)

Educational Objectives: Provide three educational objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable. They should describe objectives, applications, and implications of the session.

Complete the sentence, "Upon completion of this session, attendees will..." Use action words to begin this educational objective, such as list, describe, define, demonstrate, conduct, etc.

Interview Speakers: Please add three speakers to your panel. Please note that you must select one speaker to be the chair of the panel.

  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Country
  • Email
  • Credentials/Designation (MD, PhD, etc.)
  • Position
  • Department
  • Institution
  • Specialty
  • Is the speaker a member of IASP? If so, please include the IASP membership number.
  • Is the speaker a published author?
  • If so, please provide the H-index and up to five publications for the proposed speaker.

Individual Presentation Descriptions

  • Please provide a short description of each of the three presentations. (200 word maximum)
  • Key Insight (200 word maximum)
  • Please provide one key insight that learners will take away from each presentation.
  • How is this chair/speaker relevant to this topic?
  • What expertise will this chair or speaker bring to this format? (200 word maximum)

Workshop Title (200 characters maximum): A proposal must have a short, specific title (containing no abbreviations) that indicates the nature of the session. All titles should be written in title case (the first letter of each word in your title is capitalized, except for certain small words, such as articles and short prepositions). 

Intended Audience: 

  • Cross-disciplinary 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Basic Science 
  • Translational Research 

Workshop Description (200 word maximum): Provide a brief description of the session. If accepted,  this text will be used to promote this session to attendees. This text will be displayed on the Congress website, Congress mobile app, marketing materials, etc. 

Why Should this Session Be Accepted? (200 word maximum): Please consider why this is the right time  for the work to be presented. 

Why Would the Demonstration Workshop Format Serve This Topic Well? (200 word maximum)

What Equipment or Devices Do You Foresee Needing for the Demonstration Workshop?

How Do You Plan to Proactively Engage the Audience? (200 word maximum) 

Educational Objectives: Provide 3 educational objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable.  They should describe objectives, applications, and implications of the session. 

Complete the sentence, "Upon completion of this session, attendees will..." Use action words to begin this educational objective, such as list, describe, define, demonstrate, conduct, etc. 

Demonstration Workshop Speakers: Add four presenters to your workshop. Please note that you must select one speaker to be the chair of the workshop. 

  • Name 
  • Address  
  • City 
  • State 
  • Zip Code 
  • Country 
  • Email 
  • Credentials/Designation (MD, PhD, etc.) 
  • Position 
  • Department 
  • Institution 
  • Specialty 
  • Is the speaker a member of IASP? If so, please include the IASP membership number.
  • Is the speaker a published author?
  • If so, please provide the H-index and up to five publications for the proposed speaker.

Individual Demonstration Presentations: Please complete the following information for each presentation. 

  • Please provide a short description of each of the four presentations. (200 word maximum)
  • Key Insight (200 word maximum): Please provide one key insight that learners will take away from each presentation.
  • How is this chair/speaker relevant to this topic? What expertise will this chair or speaker bring to this format? (200 word maximum)
  • Why would the format of the demonstration workshop serve this topic well? (200 word  maximum) 
  • How is this speaker or moderator relevant to this topic? Please provide up to three publications on this topic for each speaker .

Workshop Title (200 characters maximum): A proposal must have a short, specific title (containing no  abbreviations) that indicates the nature of the session. All titles should be written in title case (the first letter of each word in your title is capitalized, except for certain small words, such as articles and short prepositions).  

Intended Audience: 

  • Cross-disciplinary 
  • Clinical Practice 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Basic Science 
  • Translational Research 

Description of Session Format (200 word maximum): Provide a brief description of the proposed session. If accepted, this text will be used to promote this session to attendees. This text will be displayed on the Congress website, Congress mobile app, marketing material, etc. 

Why is This Alternative Format Needed? Have you seen this format at other meetings? If yes, which  one? 

Why Should This Session be Accepted? (200 word maximum): Please consider why this is the right time for the work to be presented. What challenge or advancement to the field does this workshop address? 

What Equipment or Devices Do You Foresee Needing for the Open Format Workshop?

How Do You Plan to Proactively Engage the Audience? (200 word maximum) 

Educational Objectives: Provide 3 educational objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable. They should describe objectives, applications, and implications of the session. 

Complete the sentence, "Upon completion of this session, attendees will..." Use action words to begin this educational objective, such as list, describe, define, demonstrate, conduct, etc. 

Open Format Workshop Speakers: Add 3-4 presenters to your workshop. Please note that you must select one speaker to be the chair of the workshop. 

  • Name 
  • Address  
  • City 
  • State 
  • Zip Code 
  • Country 
  • Email 
  • Credentials/Designation (MD, PhD, etc.) 
  • Position 
  • Department 
  • Institution 
  • Specialty 
  • Is the speaker a member of IASP? If so, please include the IASP membership number.
  • Is the speaker a published author? If so, please provide the H-index and up to five publications for the proposed speaker.

Individual Open Format Presentations: Please complete the following information for the individual  presentations. 

  • Please provide a short description of each of the four presentations. (200 word maximum)
  • Key Insight (200 word maximum) Please provide one key insight that learners will take away from each presentation.
  • How is this chair/speaker relevant to this topic? What expertise will this chair or speaker bring to this format? (200 word maximum)
  • Please provide up to 3 publications for each speaker.
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Topic List

  • Access to care
  • Animal/Non-Human Pain
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Measurement of Pain
  • Basic Science
    • Pain Models
    • Physiology
    • Pharmacology including addiction
    • In Vitro
    • Stem Cells
  • COVID-19: Impact of a Pandemic and New Disease
  • Economics, Ethics, and Law
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence, Clinical Trials, Systematic Review, Guidelines, and Implementation Science
  • Gender/Sex Differences
  • Genetics
  • History
  • Imaging: Pain Imaging and Neuroimaging
  • Informatics, Coding, and Pain Registries
  • ICD-11 & ICF
  • Lifestyle Issues
    • Sleep
    • Diet
    • Exercise
    • Social Interactions
  • Mechanisms
    • Biological-Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Biological-Systems (Physiology/Anatomy)
    • Psychosocial and Biopsychosocial
  • Models
    • Acute Pain
    • Chronic Pain – Inflammatory
    • Chronic Pain – Neuropathic
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Oral/Craniofacial
    • Transition to Chronic Pain
    • Visceral
  • Novel Experimental/Analytic Approaches/Tools
  • Pain in Special Populations
    • Adolescents
    • Elderly
    • Infants/Children
    • Intellectual, Developmental and Functional Disability
    • Non-Verbal
    • Torture, Organized Violence and War
  • Patient Engagement and Co-Creation in Research and Education
  • Placebo
  • Racial/Ethnic/Economic Differences/Disparities
  • Specific Pain Conditions/Pain in Specific Populations:
    • Abdominal and Pelvic Pain
    • Acute Pain and Nociceptive Pain
    • Rheumatology, Arthritis and Other Joint Pain
    • Burn Pain
    • Cancer Pain and Palliative Care
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Itch
    • Gynecological Pain
    • Headache
    • Low Back Pain
    • Migraine
    • Muscle and Myofascial Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Neuropathic Pain – Peripheral
    • Neuropathic Pain – Central
    • Obstetric and Labor Pain
    • Orofacial Pain
    • Pain in Amputees
    • Pain in Athletes
    • Pain in Chronic/Inflammatory/Autoimmune Diseases
    • Pain in Infectious Diseases
    • Pain in Vascular Insufficiency
    • Post-Surgical/Post-Traumatic Chronic Pain
    • Urogenital Pain
    • Visceral Pain – Cardio-Pulmonary
    • Visceral Pain – Gastrointestinal/Abdominal
  • Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • Treatment/Management
    • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
    • Pharmacology: Cannabis and Cannabinoids
    • Interventional Therapies
      • Ablation Techniques
      • Intrathecal Drug Delivery
      • Injection/Blocks
      • Neuromodulation, Stimulators, and Stimulation Approaches
      • Minor surgical Procedures & Augmentation
      • Other
    • Medical Pain Management Technologies
      • Physiotherapy
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Rehabilitation
      • Other Interdisciplinary Approaches
    • Pharmacology
      • Adverse Effects
      • Monoclonal Antibodies, Biologics and Biosimilars
      • Opioid
      • Non-Opioid
      • Novel Targets
      • Neurolytic Agents & Senolytics
      • Psychological and Rehabilitative Therapies
      • OTC Pain Relief 
  • Trial Design
  • Other