EPA 2018, Nice - Welcome Address

Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues,

The 26th Congress of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), the largest international association of psychiatrists in Europe, will take place 3-6 March 2018 at the prestigious Nice Acropolis Convention Centre located in the city of Nice, the dynamic, cosmopolitan, unofficial capital of the Côte d'Azur.

The theme of the Congress will be "Mental Health - Integrate, Innovate, Individualise".

Integrate emphasises the need to include mental health in both health and social policies; promote the integration of different approaches to mental health care and research; integrate research and mental health services focusing on different life epochs.

Innovate emphasises the importance of identifying priorities for mental health care and research; disseminating and promoting translation into standard practices of new successful prevention and intervention programmes; developing e-mental health programmes to improve service delivery and communication with users, and overcome spatial and linguistic barriers.

Individualise emphasises the current view of mental health care and research as person-centred by matching therapeutic interventions with an individual's characteristics, values and preferences.

A special focus of the Congress will be the integration of new technologies and research findings into person-centred approaches to prevention, care and training, at a time in which difficult challenges, such as displacement, war, terrorism and economic constraints, require new answers.

The Congress will bring together expert clinicians, researchers and leaders of stakeholder organisations in the field of mental health, offering an outstanding set of Plenary and State of the Art Lectures, Educational Courses, Symposia, Workshops, informal meetings with experts and sessions designed by and for early career psychiatrists.

We are confident that, like every year, the Congress will represent for all participants an unforgettable personal and professional experience, and we look forward to welcoming you to Nice.

​Silvana Galderisi

EPA President

​​Philippe Courtet

Chair of the Local Organising Committee