Welcome to the 11th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – online abstract submission closes 31 October!

With increasing global interest in research in palliative care, Palermo is set to be centre stage in 2020 when it hosts the next EAPC World Research Congress on 14 to 16 May. Professor Augusto Caraceni (EAPC Research Network Chair) and Professor Sebastiano Mercadante (Local Organising Committee Chair) extend a warm welcome and explain why it’s important to start planning your abstracts now.

Left to right: Professor Augusto Caraceni (EAPC Research Network Chair) and Professor Sebastiano Mercadante (Local Organising Committee Chair).

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 11th World Research Congress of the EAPC. The congress, which will take place in the beautiful city of Palermo, will offer excellent opportunities to meet experts in palliative care, to present and discuss research, provide new ideas and new knowledge on how to improve the treatment and care of patients and their families. The Scientific Committee has been planning the scientific programme and we’d like to thank the members of the multidisciplinary committee for their hard work and efforts: Mary Fallon (President), Lieve Van den Block, Phil Larkin (EAPC past-President), Christoph Ostgathe (EAPC President), Steffen Eychmüller, Per Sjøgren, Roeline Pasman, Marianne Jensen Hjermstad and EAPC CEO, Julie Ling.

More than ever, there is a need for the palliative care community to produce high-quality evidence. Global interest in research in palliative care is increasing. This was evident in the number of high-quality contributions received for the last EAPC World Research Congress where a total of 897 abstracts were submitted from 55 countries globally. The increase in the number of international collaborative research initiatives has provided opportunities for cooperation and the results of this type of research are adding to the body of knowledge within palliative care.

Fiera del Mediterraneo – venue for 11th EAPC World Research Congress.

The EAPC World Research Congress not only offers the opportunity to showcase world experts in palliative care, but significantly the main part of the scientific programme is based on submitted abstracts. Each abstract is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers from our Advisory Board comprising many experts from a range of professions and countries. We are grateful to all our colleagues who undertake this important work. According to the abstract score, all abstracts are then prioritised as 1) plenary talks, 2) oral communication sessions, 3) poster discussion sessions, and, 4) the poster presentations.

Submit your abstract now…

We look forward to receiving your abstracts – the closing date is 31 October so start preparing now – and to welcoming you to Palermo, Sicily, in May 2020. Please check the congress website, EAPC social media channels and the blog for regular updates on #EAPC2020


  • Find out more about the 11th EAPC World Research Congress here.
  • Submit your abstract here.
  • Register before 16th February 2020 to get a discounted registration fee.
  • Follow us on Twitter @EAPCvzw – our official congress hashtag is #EAPC2020


Following the success in Berlin of our first-ever children’s palliative care seminar, a ‘Paediatric Palliative Care Research Day’ will be part of the programme in Palermo, taking place on 14 May 2020.  Franca Benini, Myra Bluebond-Langner and Monika Fuehrer tell you more about the event here.



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