EPA 2018, Nice - Scientific Programme

Scientific Programme

For timetable in PDF, please click here 

*Note: programme is subject to change

Programme Tracks

The EPA 2018 Scientific Programme is composed of five tracks:


composed of sessions with a focus on current research trends in Psychiatry

Clinical / Therapeutic

offers participants updated, state-of-the-art, clinical and therapeutic information based on research and linked to daily practice


provides an update on developments in the field and the opportunity for exchange of ideas between participants and speakers

Mental Health Policy

deals with principles and models for action aimed to promote mental health 


deals with common issues for psychiatrists from across Europe and will therefore be of particular interest for members of the National Psychiatric Associations

Within each track, some sessions are part of the European Early Career Psychiatrists' Programme (EECPP) which invites recent graduates to participate and which is tailored to the needs of the Early Career Psychiatrist.

Session formats

EPA Courses

The European Congress of Psychiatry will serve the educational mission of the EPA by providing high-quality EPA Courses, covering all aspects of psychiatry. Fees are charged separately for these 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 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 Programme Committee. They will cover the major topics of the Congress theme.

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". 


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 opportunities for discussion. 


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

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. 

Ask the Expert Sessions 

Ask the Experts sessions will allow participants to meet in a small group with outstanding researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. Sessions will take place at round tables and be limited to a certain number of participants with advanced sign up required. 

EPA Forum

This event for exchange and awareness brings together EPA Council of National Society/Association (NPA) members and Individual EPA members, along with other European NPAs and European organisations, stakeholders and policy makers, to present and discuss matters of  importance in the field of Mental Health and Mental Health Care in Europe. 

Free Communications Sessions

Authors are invited to submit abstracts, classified by topics. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Programme 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 abstract topics. There is a limit on the number of e-posters that can be submitted per individual.

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 entirely designed, produced and driven by the pharmaceutical industries by an unrestricted educational grant.

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