Scientific Programme

​The EPA 2015 Scientific Programme will be composed of four​ tracks:

Research Track – composed of sessions with a focus on current research trends in psychiatry

Clinical / Therapeutic Track – offers participants updated, state of the art, clinical and therapeutic information which is based on research and linked to daily practice

Educational​ Track – the sessions in this track provide an update on developments in the field and the opportunity for exchange of ideas between participants and speakers​ 

European Track – the sessions in this track will deal with common issues for psychiatrists from across Europe and will therefore be of particular interest for members of the National Psychiatric Associations.

In addition, sessions that are part of the Early Career Psychiatrists' Programme (ECP) will be indicated as such: Research Track (ECP); Clinical / Therapeutic Track (ECP); Educational Track  (ECP); European Track (ECP). ​

The Scientific Programme will consist of the following:

EPA Academia Educational Courses

The European Congress of Psychiatry will serve the educational mission of the EPA by providing high-quality EPA Academia Educational Courses​, covering all aspects of psychiatry. Fees are charged separately for the courses.

State-of-the-Art Lectures

The state-of-the-art lectures will have a strong clinical focus. They will provide a complete update on some significant aspects of current clinical treatments in European psychiatry. The state-of-the-art lectures will be delivered by top European or worldwide experts and will last 45 minutes.

Plenary Lectures​​

The plenary lectures will have a strong scientific focus. They will be mainly theoretical and research-oriented. These lectures will be delivered by leading psychiatrists, basic scientists and other mental health professionals invited by the Scientific Committee. They will cover the major topics of the Congress theme.


These 90 minute sessions, selected by the Scientific Programme Committee, will focus on specific topics in psychiatry, representing several points of view. The symposia include four presentations by international speakers and offer an opportunity for discussion.​


The Workshops will be devoted to a specific topic and bring together experts in this field for an intensive discussion. These will be 90 minute working sessions. At least 50% of the time will be devoted to discussion.

Free Comunications Sessions​​

Authors are invited to submit abstracts, classified by topics. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific Program Committee and scheduled as oral or poster presentations.


Authors are invited to present their new research findings or important ongoing research as e-posters related to one of the given topics. There is a limitation concerning the number of e-posters submitted​ per individual. The most interesting e-posters will be combined by topics and moderated in a 90 minute e-poster presentation.

Sponsored Sessions​​​​

Satellite Symposia and Luncheon Satellite Symposia will be organised by pharmaceutical companies in consultation with the Scientific Programme Committee. These sessions are fully integrated into the congress, but are sessions entirely designed, produced and driven by the pharmaceutical industries by an unrestricted educational grant.

Pro & Con Debates​​

Debates will offer a lively and fruitful discussion on controversial issues. A chairperson will moderate whilst two speakers (proponent /opponent) will offer and challenge opinions on “hot topics”.

European Early Career Psychiatrists Programme

EPA invites recent graduates to its specialist programme tailored to the needs and
interests of the Early Career Psychiatrist. The EECP programme will be composed
of a networking evening and a special track of sessions throughout the Congress.

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