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ATS 2017 Call for Input

Deadline: June 29, 2016 (5:00 p.m. eastern time)
All Proposals Must Be Submitted Online Through the ATS Call for Input Website

The 2017 International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, will be held May 19-24 in Washington, DC.

The ATS is seeking input for sessions in all areas of respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine with a clinical, basic science and/or translational focus. Input should be in the form of a session proposal in any of the following formats:

  • Postgraduate Course (Didactic Only)
  • Postgraduate Course (Hands On Demonstration)
  • Scientific Symposium
  • Workshop
  • Sunrise Seminar
  • Meet the Professor Seminar

PLEASE NOTE: This is not the Assembly Project submission site. Please click here for more information about the Assembly Projects.


The ATS is interested in expanding International Conference education content related to health disparities and health care equity related to gender, race, ethnicity, and economical background. For proposals relating to clinical topics, the ATS asks proposers to consider a talk relating to health care equality as it relates to pathogenesis, manifestations, treatment and reporting of lung disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.


In addition to the general call for proposals outlined above, the ATS is seeking proposals on specific topics in certain session formats:

  • Scientific Symposia Basic Science Core
    The ATS is offering the Basic Science Core track and will consider scientific symposia proposals covering the following topic:
    • Lung Environment Interactions in the Origins of Lung Disease
  • Postgraduate Course (Hands On Demonstration) Themes
    The Education Committee is putting out a special call for Postgraduate Course proposals containing a practical skills component on the following themes:
    • Echocardiography and Ultrasound
    • Basic Bronchoscopy and EBUS
    • Pulmonary and Critical Care Procedure: Update and Advanced
    • ECMO

Please be sure to mark your proposal to be considered for one of the track themes above. Symposia or Postgraduate Courses covering these topics should be submitted to the appropriate Assembly for review as with all proposals. Each proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly, and if accepted, will be considered for the track by the International Conference Committee or the Education Committee.

Please follow the links below for important information related to submitting a proposal for the ATS 2017 International Conference:


The International Conference Committee includes representatives of the ATS Assemblies, each of which is responsible for the review and programming of sessions in particular areas. When submitting a proposal, you will need to identify the Assembly by which you would like your session reviewed.

The proposal form is made up of several sections, each requiring differing information. Review what types of information are needed so you may collect it prior to starting your submission.

  1. You will need to log into the site
  2. Click the Create Proposal link and proceed with completing all sections of the form
  3. You may enter the proposal submission site to prepare your proposal as often as you want; the information that you supply in your proposal will be saved when you click the Save button or the Proceed to Next Step link on each page
  4. Please review your proposal for accuracy prior to submission. When all the required fields are complete and you are satisfied with your proposal, you may submit it by clicking the Submit button. Once you submit your proposal, it cannot be recalled for editing
  5. You will receive an email confirming your proposal shortly after submission. If you do not receive the email, please contact the ATS office:
  6. Your proposal must be submitted on or before Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 5:00 pm EDT through the online submission process. Proposals received after June 29 will not be considered. Proposals received on a paper form or through email will not be considered
  7. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly indicated on the form and ranked with all other proposals
  8. If your session is chosen for the program, you will be notified after the September meeting of the International Conference Committee and you will be expected to confirm your program and speakers at that time