Viewing palliative care through posters at the 15th EAPC World Congress Madrid

Poster presentations are an essential cornerstone of every EAPC Congress. Christoph Ostgathe, Chair of the 2017 Scientific Committee, and Julie Ling, CEO EAPC, explain how posters are judged and announce this year’s winners.

Christoph Ostgathe, Chair of the Scientific Committee

Julie Ling, Chief Executive Officer, European Association for Palliative Care

Over two days at the Madrid World Congress in May more than 900 posters were on display. Each represented the hard work and commitment of delegates from around the world. Because of the particular set-up of this year’s venue, the poster exhibition was right in the heart of the Congress.

When abstracts are submitted for a European Association for Palliative Care, Congress, authors are asked to submit by topic to one of 27 categories. Each abstract is blinded (ie the identity of the author(s) or institution is not revealed), assessed and scored by three independent reviewers. The whole process is overseen by the Congress Scientific Committee. The highest-ranked 150 abstracts are selected and then grouped together for oral presentation in one of the 25 free communication sessions. Based on our usual criteria, this year’s submissions that did not score highly enough were not accepted for presentation. All other abstracts were accepted and the authors invited to present a poster.

Winning posters

A four-person sub-group of the Scientific Committee formed the judging panel for the three poster prizes. The judges viewed the overall top twenty-five scoring poster abstracts and selected the three winning posters. The winners were announced at the Congress closing ceremony. Each of the three was awarded an annual subscription to the European Journal of Palliative Care, a book (donated by and a certificate.

Poster presentations are an essential cornerstone of every EAPC Congress – each of the 81 top-scoring posters was identified with a rosette

This year, for the first time, the EAPC also identified the top-scoring three posters in each of the 27 submission categories. During the Congress, these posters were identifiable as a rosette was placed on each of the 81 posters. The authors of each of these posters received a certificate in recognition of this achievement.

Other prizes and awards presented at the congress

  • EAPC Award – nominated and agreed by the EAPC Board of Directors. Winner: Sheila Payne (UK).
  • Fondazione Floriani Award ­– nominated by the Congress Scientific Committee and approved by the Floriani family. Winner: Liliana De Lima (International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care).
  • Palliative Medicine EAPC Early Researcher Award – open nomination. Winner: Lara Pivodic, (Belgium).
  • EAPC Post-Doctoral Researcher Award – open nomination. Winner: Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (UK).           
  • EAPC Clinical Impact Researcher Award – open nomination. Winner: Miguel Julião (Portugal).
  • European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA) Leadership Award – open nomination, selected by EUPCA. Joint winners: Julia Downing (Uganda) and Leena Pelttari (Austria).
  • Palliative Medicine Paper of the Year Award – nominated by the editorial board. Winner: Ebony Lewis et al (Australia).
  • Poster Prize Winners – chosen from the highest-scoring abstracts. Winners: Jen-Kuei Peng (Taiwan), Catherine Walshe (UK), Janice Soo (Singapore).
  • European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC) Policy Development Award – open nomination, selected by EJPC. Winner: K.B. Lingegowda (India).
  • EAPC Twitter Prize – for the tweet that most captured the spirit of the Congress – prize announced on Twitter! Winner: Daniel Toro (Spain).


Submit an abstract and help to shape the programme for the next EAPC World Research Congress . . .

The 10th EAPC World Research Congress takes place next year in Bern, Switzerland, on 24 to 26 May 2018. Now’s your chance to start preparing your abstract – online abstract submission closes 15 October 2017.


  • 10th EAPC World Research Congress, Bern, Switzerland – 24 to 26 May 2018. Nominations for the Researcher Awards 2018 to be announced soon. Check the website for updates.
  • And look out for an upcoming series from poster contributors . . .




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