2020 Secret Sessions

Off-program content. Just for you. Only in the Resonarium.

The Secret Sessions are BACK in Sydney!

Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN
Deadline: Friday, 06 March 2020

We would like to hear from you! What would you like to see at the Secret Sessions 2020? Fill out the survey!

The Secret Sessions initiative started at ISMRM 2017 in Honolulu (Hawaii). These sessions are run in a dedicated space at the annual meeting: the “Resonarium,” a comfortable and less formal meeting space in the exhibition hall. Building on previous years’ success, the Secret Sessions will be back at ISMRM 2020 in Sydney!

The real secret is that… these sessions are not secret at all! They’re separate from the main scientific program, and much more informal, explorative and frequently tailored (but not limited) to early-career researchers.

The Secret Sessions give everyone with an idea for an original session the chance to realize it. For early-career researchers, this is a unique opportunity to not only gain experience in organizing a session, but also to meet new people and increase exposure in the ISMRM community.

This year the Secret Sessions initiative is led by Naomi Sakai (University College London, UK), Matteo Mancini (University of Sussex, UK) and Thijs Dhollander (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia).

You can reach us at secret@ismrm.org for all relevant questions and feedback.


Organizing a Secret Session is a great opportunity to get involved with your society and to shape the annual meeting. We’re looking for people to plan content, lead a session or work in the background to make them happen. If you have an idea for a session and/or would like to help run a session, now is your chance!

The Secret Sessions often take the form of a panel discussion with 2 – 3 organisers per session (but proposals using other formats are equally valid and very welcome!). Each session will last approximately one hour. As an example, the programmes for the 2019 and 2018 Secret Sessions are available here:


We would love to hear your new and original suggestions but if you are struggling for ideas, here are some suggestions for topics:

  • Networking and CVs (e.g. BYO CV and get feedback)
  • Mentor speed dating
  • Balancing clinical and academic careers
  • Work / life balance
  • How to get involved with ISMRM (e.g. with ISMRM leadership panel)
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Environmentally sustainable science (e.g. conference organisation and travel)
  • Transition to independence in academic careers

Do not worry if you don’t have colleagues to work with on your proposal – we can find people for you or put you in touch with others who submitted a similar proposal. This is also an excellent opportunity for networking!

The call for proposals is NOW OPEN.

Please include the following sections in your proposal (maximum 2 pages, A4 or letter size):

  • Short bio for each organiser
  • Title for the proposed session
  • Type or format of session (e.g. panel discussion, Q&A, talk)
  • Target audience
  • Main objective or goals
  • Proposed schedule and speakers / panel members (note that, generally, the invited speakers or panel members for a session shouldn’t be the same people as the organisers).

Proposals should be sent as a PDF or Word .docx file to secret@ismrm.org.

Deadline: Friday, 06 March 2020


If you have any questions, please get in touch by email secret@ismrm.org or on our Slack channel #secret_sessions at ismrm20.slack.com

It’s a secret to everybody.