Professor Christoph Ostgathe, Chair of EAPC Scientific Committee, Madrid 2017, invites you to get involved in planning the content for the congress.
The 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – ‘Progressing Palliative Care’ – takes place from the 18-20 May 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The Scientific Committee is seeking proposals for Parallel and ‘Meet the expert’ sessions from individuals, EAPC Taskforces, European Research Projects and other groups for the congress programme.
On behalf of the Scientific Committee, I invite you to prepare and submit a proposal for either a:
- Parallel session: Parallel sessions are allocated 90 minutes, with three speakers (20 minutes per talk and 10 minutes discussion). Where possible, the speakers should be from different countries; or
- ‘Meet the expert’ session: Meet the Expert sessions take place early in the morning and are 45 minutes in duration. Two experts chair the session and each presents a short, well-prepared talk, leaving the rest of the session for discussion.
If interested, please download and complete the Session Proposal Form on the congress website. Each group/ individual can submit up to a maximum of three forms.
Proposals should include the following information:
- Content (title, proposed speakers)
- Lead coordinator and their contact details (email)
- Target audience for the proposed session
- Information on what delegates should expect to gain from the session
- Any matching funding (e.g. out of EU Projects) that could finance (all/partial) expenses for speakers.
The EAPC has a limited budget for the support of invited speakers. Please note that acceptance of your Parallel session or ‘Meet the Expert’ session proposal does not automatically result in all costs being covered. Whilst the EAPC will endeavour to cover travel costs within Europe we are unable to fully support speakers travelling from outside of Europe. The EAPC cannot cover costs for session chairs unless they are an invited speaker in another session. If alternative funding is available (e.g. from EU Projects) please indicate this on the Session Proposal Form.
The Scientific Committee will assess all proposals taking into account the art and science of palliative care and the range and balance of topics. Feedback from evaluations completed by delegates of previous congresses will be taken into consideration when planning sessions (read more here).
The Scientific Committee may also make suggestions regarding the proposals in terms of content or speakers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your proposals.
- Read more about the 15th EAPC World Congress.
Note: This post was amended on 5 February 2016 following a change of date for the 15th EAPC World Congress which is now to be held on 18-20 May 2017.