Scientific Programme

Please click below to view the daily schedule for the EPA 2019 scientific programme. Our interactive programme allows you to search keywords and browse day-by-day in various formats. Try clicking on a session for further information such as the chairpersons, speakers, session description, etc.

The interactive programme is regularly updated with new confirmed sessions and speakers. Please note that the programme is subject to change.

If you prefer to view the programme in a pdf document*, please click below. The pdf offers you a quick view of the daily schedule. Try clicking on a session to access the session information in the interactive programme including chairpersons, speakers, session descriptions, etc.

Programme at a Glance - PDF

*Updated 5.11.2018

Programme Tracks

The EPA 2019 scientific programme is composed of five tracks.

Within each track, some sessions are part of the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Programme which is tailored to the needs of the early career psychiatrist. We invite all recent graduates to participate.


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


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

Mental Health Policy

Addressing principles and models for action aimed to promote mental health 


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

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 psychiatry. The state-of-the-art lectures will be delivered by top international 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 motto.

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. 

Early Career Psychiatrist Programme

EPA invites recent graduates to its specialist programme tailored to the needs and interests of the early career psychiatrist. The ECP programme will be composed of a networking evening and a special track of sessions throughout the congress. More information.

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 Psychiatric 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. 

Oral 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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