Call for special sessions

Important dates
Proposal submission deadline: 30 April 2018
Notification of pre-selection: 25 May 2018
Final list of special sessions: 15 February 2019

Call for special sessions

The organisers of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences invite proposals for special sessions covering emerging topics, challenges, interdisciplinary research, or subjects that could foster useful debate in the phonetic sciences. The ICPhS themes are “Endangered Languages, and Major Language Varieties”. Special sessions related to these themes are especially welcome, but we are interested in proposals related to any of the scientific areas covered in the Congress. See the the list of the scientific areas here

Special sessions will be 1.5 hours long. It is anticipated that these will consist of 4 papers, each 15 minutes long, plus 30 minutes total at the beginning and end of the session for introduction and discussion; however, organisers can also propose a different format within this time slot.

Each special session proposal must contain the following information:

  • The title of the proposed special session.

  • The names and affiliations of the organizers, including contact information and a brief biography for each organizer.

  • Up to five bullet points explaining what factors make the proposed session special.

  • A summary (up to one page) of the session topic that describes its importance, details the objective of the special session, and sets out the session’s format. The summary should clearly explain why the topic is better covered in a special session rather than a regular conference session.

  • If possible and ideally a tentative list of researchers who could contribute papers to the session.

  • A list, if needed, of any extra or non-standard resources required to run the session (for example, equipment, data, poster stands, etc.).

Proposals will be evaluated by the ICPhS Scientific Committee for relevance and significance. Papers submitted to special sessions will go through the same anonymous review process as regular papers, with session organizers assisting in reviewer recruitment and assignment, and in the final paper decisions. Special sessions which do not receive enough accepted papers will be cancelled.

Special session proposers are invited to submit a proposal via email to: no later than Monday 30 April 2018. Please put “ICPhS special session proposal NAME/ACRONYM” in the subject line. Notification of pre-selection is expected Friday 25 May 2018. Final acceptance will take place shortly after paper decisions are completed, depending on the number of accepted papers submitted to each special session.

If you have any questions about the ICPhS special sessions, please contact


The special session organiser will be required to register for the Congress in order to ensure his/her paper(s) is included in the final Program. The deadline for presenting author registration is 30 April 2019. 

Additional opportunities
Call for papers
Please see the separate call for full papers here.

Satellite meetings and workshops
There are opportunities for holding satellite meetings and/or workshops associated with ICPhS 2019. We invite those interested in arranging a satellite event to contact the organising committee now (via