Call for Workshops

Topical Workshop submission is closed. Submitters will receive notifications in March.

Workshops are presented in various formats to provide in-depth review and discussion of cutting edge research, new diagnosis, techniques, and methods, and to answer critical questions in the field.

Workshop formats are described below.

Proposal Basics

The Scientific Program Committee seeks proposals that address topics through a diversity of perspectives. Diversity can mean the approach presented, global composition of a panel, speakers at different stages of their careers, and inclusion of basic science, translational, and clinical perspectives. In its efforts to ensure a well-balanced program, the Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to request changes of specific speakers and/or presentations and to make acceptance of the proposal contingent on those changes.

  • The organizer and submitter of a Topical Workshop must be an IASP member.
  • Each faculty member may be involved in a maximum of two workshops.
  • The Congress is multidisciplinary – see above for reference to diversity of perspectives.
  • IASP will only accept proposals submitted online via the Call for Proposals system.
  • When submitting a proposal, please select the most appropriate topic from the list provided.
  • Do not use proprietary drug names when referring to pharmacological substances. Only generic names of drugs are acceptable.
  • English is the official language of the Congress.

Special Interest Groups

IASP Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have the opportunity to propose workshops that, if selected, will be scheduled for presentation in the official Congress program. These workshops will be identified in the Congress materials as SIG-sponsored workshops. The Scientific Program Committee will review the proposed workshops for scientific quality in the same manner as for other workshop proposals. Each SIG may propose a maximum of two workshops approved as the official submissions from the SIG. Submission of a workshop by a SIG does not preclude the SIG from submitting a proposal for a Satellite Symposium.

Topical Workshop Speaker Support

Speaking in a Topical Workshop for the world’s largest pain-related gathering is a true honor. IASP values the time and effort that is needed to accomplish such a task and therefore offers complimentary Congress registration to all Workshop Organizers and Speakers accepted to the program. Organizers and Speakers are responsible for all other expenses related to their participation in the Congress, including but not limited to: transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tips and other incidentals.

Submission Types

Panel Workshop

Panel Discussions are 90 minute sessions that include a panel of presenters giving in-depth, state-of-the art lectures. Cutting-edge research, clinical treatments, and translation from research to practice are presented. They include a maximum of three speakers, one of whom is also the moderator and session organizer. Three presentations 20 minutes in length each with 5 minutes of questions after are given and approximately 20-30 minutes is left at the end of the session for questions and discussion with the audience to explore common themes from the lectures, challenges addressed, and solutions offered.

Debate Workshop

Debate workshops are 60 minute sessions on a controversial topic in the field. The session includes a maximum of two speakers plus a moderator. Ideally, the debate will be clearly focused on a position statement such that the two speakers can provide the arguments pro (for) or con (against). The remaining time is spent for debate between the presenters and answering questions from the audience, mediated by the session moderator. Meeting technology can be used to crowd source questions, take audience polls, and name a debate winner.

Demonstration Workshop

Demonstration workshops are 60 to 90 minute workshops in which techniques, tools, devices, or approaches are presented in the form of a demonstration.  The session can include a maximum of 4 presenters, one of whom serves as the moderator. Presentations are in-depth demonstration lectures on the subject and explain real-world application. Sessions should allow time for audience engagement, questions, and participation.

Interview and Conversation Workshop

Interview and Conversation workshops are 30 minute informal discussions between a moderator and a speaker or set of speakers. An interview format is used to discuss new diagnosis, techniques, research methods, or more philosophical subjects in the field. Formal 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.

Open Format/ New Format Workshop

The Scientific Program Committee welcomes your suggestion for a new style of workshop not offered through the set formats. Please describe your proposed workshop, format, and topic to be addressed.

List of Topics

When entering your submission, you must choose a topic and subtopic from the choices below. The online submission system will provide this list and prompt you to select the appropriate topics.

  1. Access to Care (Access to: Specialists, Opioids, Non-Opioid Therapies, Services, Support)
  2. Assessment and Diagnosis
  3. Economics, Ethics, and Law
  4. Education
  5. Epidemiology
  6. Gender/Sex Differences
  7. Genetics
  8. History
  9. Lifestyle Issues: Sleep/Diet/Exercise
  10. Mechanisms
    • Biological
      1. Molecular and Cell Biology
      2. Systems (Physiology/Anatomy)
    • Psychosocial and Biopsychosocial
  11. Models
    • Acute Pain
    • Chronic Pain – Inflammatory
    • Chronic Pain – Neuropathic
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Oral/craniofacial
    • Visceral
  12. Novel Experimental/Analytic Approaches/Tools
  13. Pain Imaging
  14. Pain in Special Populations
    • Adolescents
    • Elderly
    • Infants/Children
    • Non-verbal
  15. Racial/Ethnic/Economic Differences/Disparities
  16. Specific Pain Conditions/Pain in Specific Populations
    • Acute pain
    • Arthritis and Other Joint Pains (Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis)
    • Burn Pain
    • Cancer Pain
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headache (Migraine, Cluster, Tension Type)
    • Low Back Pain
    • Muscle and Myofascial Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Neuropathic Pain: Peripheral (Diabetic, Post-Herpetic)
    • Neuropathic Pain: Central
    • Obstetric and Labor Pain
    • Orofacial Pain
    • Pain in Amputees
    • Pain in Athletes
    • Pain in Chronic Inflammatory diseases
    • Pain in Infectious Disease
    • Pain in Vascular Insufficiency
    • Pelvic Pain
    • Postsurgical/Post-traumatic Chronic Pain
    • Urogenital Pain
    • Visceral Pain – Cardio-pulmonary
    • Visceral Pain – Gastrointestinal/Abdominal
  17. Systematic Reviews / Meta Analysis
  18. Treatment/Management
    • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
    • Interventional Therapies
      1. Ablation techniques
      2. Minor surgical procedures
      3. Injection/blocks
      4. Stimulators
    • Pharmacology
      1. Biologics
      2. Cannabinoid
      3. Opioid
      4. Non-opioid
      5. Novel targets
    • Psychological and Rehabilitative Therapies
  19. Trial Design
  20. Other