If you haven’t already registered for this year’s congress, Ragnhild Green Helgås, Executive Officer, Department of Oncology, European Palliative Care Research Centre (PRC), St Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway, gives some good reasons for attending the congress.
In June, the entire world of palliative care researchers gather once again to present and discuss their latest findings. This is the eighth time that a research congress has been arranged by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), an event that has steadily grown to become the most important meeting place for palliative care researchers.
For the first time, the research congress is being arranged in Spain, more specifically in Lleida, one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, about one and a half hours west of Barcelona. In three days, 5-7 June, more than 600 abstracts will be presented in plenary or in parallel sessions, and as posters. The organisers are working nonstop to make sure the congress is of supreme quality in every way, and many participants have already registered.
During these three days, a wide range of topics will be presented. Some sessions will be presented by invited speakers and include translational research, clinical trial design, classification of symptoms, clinical research challenges, prognostication and palliative care in older people. In addition, 15 sessions will comprise submitted abstracts, dealing with both clinical and non-clinical research in palliative care.
A pre-congress seminar has been arranged at Hotel Terradets, close to Lleida, on 2-3 June. The seminar, arranged by the European Palliative Care Research Centre (PRC)and European Association for Palliative Care Research Network (EAPC RN), will focus on research methodology.
Early stage researchers (PhD and post-doc level) are invited to define theoretical and methodological challenges in their projects and present these at the seminar. A panel of eight senior researchers will give feedback and facilitate debate. In order to present your project, please submit your abstract before 23 March. (For guidance click here and follow the links to ‘Pre-seminar’).
We are looking forward to meeting you all in Lleida, to the coming together of the entire research community, and to a week with exciting presentations, challenging discussions and new insights. And, of course, the opportunity of spending a week with good friends and colleagues in the picturesque landscape of old Catalonia.
For more information and registration for both events, please visit the 8th EAPC World Research Congress website.
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