42nd Annual RSA Scientific Meeting

June 22-26, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota


and other Meeting related Information

The primary goal of the Annual RSA Scientific Meeting (“Meeting”) is to provide a forum for alcohol researchers – from all disciplines – to present their latest findings and to learn about new research developments in an environment that will provide interaction at both the professional and personal level.

The Meeting begins with an Opening Reception (meet and greet style) on Saturday evening and ends with the Closing Ceremony (sit-down dinner with presentations) on Wednesday evening. The Sunday through Wednesday program includes plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtable discussions, Enoch Gordis Award paper sessions and poster sessions.

The Program Committee is made up of RSA members who represent a wide range of scientific specialties.  Their goal is to develop a well-balanced program that adequately reflects the broad range of interests of the RSA membership and non-member alcohol researchers.  It is important to note that topics covered and the balance achieved in the overall meeting program primarily rests upon proposals submitted. 

Important Dates  Important Dates   2019 Program Committee  Program Committee


NEW Submission Feature – DRAFT MODE!  This new feature provides the ability to save a submission in draft mode without needing to fill each field. Once you hit submit, meaning your proposal/abstract is complete, you will be able to edit up until the deadline.  Submissions that remain in ‘Draft’ mode after the deadline will not be accepted.

Program Proposals: 
Program proposals are solicited within three general themes; biological/preclinical, psychosocial/medical/clinical and translational research and organized as symposia, workshops or roundtables.  In recent years, proposal acceptance has become highly competitive due to an increase in number of submissions and available slots.  Organizers are encouraged to use an integrative approach and to include participants from different institutions; providing relevance to a broad audience and diverse viewpoints.  Speaker abstracts are required for Symposia and Workshops, but are optional for Roundtables.  Speaker abstracts should provide adequate detail, not an overview, and follow the required format.  Submission is open to RSA members and non-members alike.  Speaker abstracts for non-members; however, must be endorsed by an RSA member. RSA’s goal is to make the presentations relevant to a rather broad audience of alcohol researchers.

Program Proposals

Speaker Abstracts:
For individuals who have been invited to give a talk in a proposed session.

Speaker Abstracts

Satellite / Ancillary Meeting Proposals:
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group and satellite meetings will be held on Saturday before the Opening Reception.  Individuals or organizations interested in organizing a satellite meeting must submit a Satellite/Ancillary Meeting proposal form.

Satellite / Ancillary Meetings

Poster Abstracts:
The Meeting includes four (4) Poster Sessions which provide an opportunity for researchers of all levels to present their work in an informal setting; allowing for questions and discussion.  There is a non-refundable $38 payment required for each submitted abstract.  Poster Abstract submission is open to RSA members and non-members alike.  Abstracts for non-members; however, must be endorsed by an RSA member.  

Poster Abstracts                    Poster Categories

Exhibitors (and Industry Sponsorship):
If you plan to exhibit at RSA click the link above for additional information and the submission form. For-profit Corporations (or foundations of for-profit corporations) are not permitted to sponsor any symposia, workshops or roundtables.  They may rent exhibit space by submitting an Exhibitor’s Prospectus and are encouraged to make a donation to the Society.


Student Merit / Junior Investigator Meeting Awards:
Speaker or Poster abstract (required of applicants) must be submitted by the above stated deadlines.  A limited number of Student Merit / Junior Investigator Meeting Awards will be provided to individuals who are the presenting author of a poster or giving an oral presentation.  Awards are funded by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) conference grant. The awards are intended to help defray costs associated with attendance at the Meeting.  Awards cover the cost of meeting registration only or meeting registration and a very minimal travel stipend.

Student/JI Award Application

Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Awards:
Students and eligible postdoctoral fellows (no more than 5 years from degree) who will present their research as a first author at the meeting are encouraged to apply.  A Poster abstract is required of all applicants, even if abstract has also been submitted for oral presentation (speaker abstract), and must be submitted by the above stated deadline. An additional extended abstract and letter of support are also required as part of this application (click on the link directly above).  Finalists will be required to present their research during a poster session and paper session.  Separate awards (monetary and plaque) are given for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Gordis Award Application


Undergraduate Diversity Travel Awards:
Poster abstract (required of applicants) must be submitted by above stated deadline. The newly established (2nd year) travel award opportunity for under-represented minorities to attend the RSA Annual Scientific Conference and present their research during a poster session.  Current Undergrads (within 1 year post-undergraduate degree at the time of the meeting) will be awarded based on the quality of their poster abstract and those awarded will be paired with multiple mentors who will help them navigate the meeting.  Applicant must be first author and only one application per person and per abstract may be submitted.

Undergrad Diversity Application

RSA Annual Awards:
Honor your deserving colleagues with an RSA award -- being recognized by your peers is the best form of thanks!  Do not let a little paperwork stop you from nominating a colleague -- qualified nominations are carried over for two subsequent years. Nominations open to members only.

Descriptions and Past Awardees  Member Login (for nominations)



Registration Rates  Registration Rates

Accommodations and General Information  Information

Student and Post-Doc Networking Opportunities  Opportunities

Informational (lunchtime) Workshops  Workshops

Roles & Responsibilities of Session Participants   Responsibilities

Session and Speaker Timeframes  Timeframes