Professor Sheila Payne, President of the European Association for Palliative Care
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139–142 (William Shakespeare)
Reflecting on these well known lines from the British playwright William Shakespeare, I would like to welcome you to the 7th World Congress of the EAPC, starting on Thursday 7 June. The stage is set in the beautiful city of Trondheim, Norway, and we await the arrival of people from around the world to participate in this important Congress. Your involvement in this Congress may take many parts: as presenters, discussants, exhibitors, or audience, and possibly all of them. We look forward to welcoming you to the clean fresh air, the stunning green pine-clad hills, deep blue fjords and snow sprinkled mountains of Trondheim.
The Congress programme is available here and there is something for everyone to enjoy, learn from, and be challenged by; from the three world-class plenary speakers: Eduardo Bruera, Gary Rodin and Irene Higginson and the EAPC Early Research Award winner, to numerous scientific sessions and the excellent selected papers which have been submitted from researchers and clinician across the globe. Please rise early in the morning sunshine to attend the ‘Meet the Expert’ session and take time to wander around the posters and our exhibitors’ stands, and stay late into the evenings relaxing at the reception and concert.
I would like to extend my grateful thanks to Professor Per Sjøgren and Professor Stein Kaasa and their hard-working team for their efforts and dedication in organising and hosting this Congress. I end with some words from the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Johan Ibsen, and I urge you all to become more involved in the EAPC:
“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.”
PS Even if you are not attending the Congress, you can still ‘take part’ as we shall soon be uploading PDF files of PowerPoint presentations on the EAPC website. We’ll let you know via this blog when presentations will be available on the website but please do keep checking.