Online congresses a new and welcome reality? What you can expect at the 11th EAPC World Research Congress Online

Behind the scenes, the Scientific Committee and the EAPC head office team have been coming to grips with what’s involved in building an online world congress. Julie Ling, Cathy Payne, Avril Jackson and Alice Gallivanone explain.

Cathy Payne, Julie Ling.

Alice Gallivanone, Avril Jackson.






The 11th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) will take place as an entirely online event. If, like us, until recently you had never attended an online congress, what can you expect?

As many of you will know, the EAPC congress that was due to take place in Palermo last month has moved online and will now take place between 7 to 9 October 2020.  Although you are very welcome to, this does not mean that you have to sit in front of your computer for three whole days. Though we do hope you’ll join the live interactive sessions on 7-9 October, there will be masses of on-demand content that you can view at a time to suit you from the end of September for three months.

But what else does it mean for delegates? What is in store for the nearly 1,000 delegates who are registered for this seminal event?

We contacted all abstract authors (maybe you were one of them?) to ask if they would be willing to participate in the online congress. We are delighted that 742 abstract authors accepted this invitation. Additionally, all of our plenary and invited speakers also readily agreed to be a part of the congress.  Our abstract book, as usual, will be published by SAGE as a special edition of Palliative Medicineand will feature nearly 800 abstracts in total. Our usual combination of plenary and invited talks and free communication sessions will all be pre-recorded and available on demand for a period of 12 weeks, together with a large array of posters.

There will be opportunities for live questions and answer sessions during the congress dates (7-9 October).

One of the live sessions will be dedicated to presentations on COVID-19 and the Palliative Care Response.
We’re still seeking late-breaking abstracts and the call is open until 31 July.

Our congress will offer the same high-quality learning experience as ever with CME accreditation. And once again, an entire section of the congress will be dedicated to Research in Paediatric Palliative Care.

Meet the Expert sessions allow delegates to converse with topic experts. This year’s line-up includes research methodology, technology and clinical experts.

Ahead of the congress, we’ll be unveiling a special series on the EAPC blog to give you a glimpse of the inspiring content that’s in store, with contributions from some of the leading clinicians and academics involved in adult and paediatric palliative and end-of-life care in Europe and beyond.





If you can’t wait for the posts, meet some of our plenary speakers right now on the EAPC YouTube channel. (Pictured above from the left: Prof Claudia Bausewein, Prof Eduardo Bruera, Prof Irene Higginson and Prof Shelia Payne).

#EAPC2020: Blending technology, creativity and world-leading research

Our online congress brings together the same key elements from our world-leading palliative care research congress, only with a bit more technology and creativity, and no queuing for your coffee.

All presenters and registered delegates will be able to share their contact details online and to connect during the live and interactive sessions and in break-out chat rooms.  We have secured many of our usual sponsors and not-for-profit exhibitors and you will have the opportunity to visit their virtual stands, have a live chat or arrange follow-up conversations.

An EAPC congress would not be a congress without an active social programme.  Look out over the next few weeks as we share with you some of the innovative ways registered delegates can connect with one another, build new friendships and share their hidden talents. We will also be ensuring some opportunities for creative expression and unleashing your inner calm.

Keep the spirit of palliative care alive at #EAPC2020 and join us at our first-ever World Research Congress Online. Our professionally built online congress platform will bring you the best possible virtual congress enabling you to learn, interact and chat with other delegates and some of the world’s top researchers in palliative and end-of-life care. All in the safety of your own home or office and free of travel costs, airport hassles and lost luggage!

All registered delegates will receive a unique login to access the congress platform on the day we go live on 21 September – so keep an eye on your inbox!

  • Register here for the 11th EAPC World Research Congress Online.
  • Any questions? Please view our FAQs on the congress website.
  • Share your experience of COVID-19 and the Palliative Care Response – Find out more and how to submit a late-breaking abstract here. Deadline: 31 July 2020.
  • Keep up to date with #EAPC2020 activity and news by following us on Twitter,  Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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