Ragnhild Green Helgås, on behalf of the scientific committee, gives an update on preparations for the upcoming world research congress in Bern.
The 10th World Research Congress of the EAPC in Bern, Switzerland, is just a couple of months away, and the final programme is now available on the congress website.
As there are some new concepts this year, we recommend taking a few minutes to get to know the programme. That way you can make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite topics.
Streams of topics
The oral, abstract-driven part of the programme is organised in ‘streams’. These are overall topics reappearing in all parallel sessions, allowing participants to follow a certain topic throughout the congress. The streams are colour coded and so it’s easy to navigate.
The three main topics are:
- Cancer and palliative care
- Public health and policy
- Ageing and palliative care.
In addition, there will be some freestanding sessions with a diversity of topics, and two method discussion sessions – one focusing on randomized controlled trials, and one addressing qualitative research methods.
A total of 897 abstracts were submitted, from 55 countries. Out of these, 63 were rejected due to a low average review score, and one was withdrawn. The abstracts will be presented in the following categories:
Five of the highest-ranked abstracts have been selected for presentation in a plenary session.
Free communication abstracts
More than 120 abstracts will be presented in parallel sessions. There are in total 22 abstract-driven parallel sessions, including two method discussion sessions and a Swiss session consisting of submitted abstracts from local researchers.
Poster presentations are an essential cornerstone of every EAPC congress and this year is no exception! About 400 abstracts will be presented in a poster exhibition, which will be displayed in one set during the congress. Poster presenters will be available for questions and discussions several times during the congress – you will find information about their presence on each poster.
Owing to capacity limitations, about 300 abstracts, which did not receive a high enough score to get a poster presentation, will be presented as print only. These abstracts will be published in the online abstract book, but will not be presented in any other way during the congress.
Whether this is your first research congress or you’re a veteran of many EAPC World Research Congresses, we’re confident you will develop new skills and strengthen your capabilities with innovative tools and evidence-based methods. We look forward to welcoming you to Bern in May, to sharing the latest research and to building strong lasting connections with you all.
And even if you can’t attend the congress in person, we hope you will still feel a part of it by joining us on Twitter at #EAPC2018 and on the EAPC Blog where we plan to publish some posts live from the congress.
- View or download the programme here.
- Register here.
- For all other information about the congress, click here.
- Follow us on Twitter @EAPCvzw – our official congress hashtag is #EAPC2018
- Check out the EAPC Blog next week when Julie Ling and Sheila Payne write about a Special EAPC Seminar organised jointly with the PACE project – Palliative Care for Older People in Care and Nursing Homes in Europe.