A recent development in EGAS conferences is the holding of a Symposium on a particular topic contained within the conference. A topic is chosen (such as "Spectroscopy and Environmental Applications") and the speakers on one day of the conference are all associated with this topic. Normally two members of the EGAS Board are designated to organise the symposium. One motive for holding such a symposium is to enhance the possibility of obtaining some commercial sponsorship for the conference by making the topic of direct relevance to an application of spectroscopy or lasers.

Proposals for holding a symposium should be discussed at an early stage with the EGAS Board.