The wait is nearly over. The 11th EAPC World Research Congress Online goes live on 21 September with masses of on-demand content. Julie Ling, CEO, and Cathy Payne, Project Officer, European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), help you to make the most of the congress…
Since the beginning of the global pandemic many of us are now more experienced with online meetings and events. In the same way, the 11th EAPC World Research Congress Online will be a different experience for delegates and our presenters from our usual events.
Although the live and interactive sessions will take place between 7 to 9 October, we are pleased to announce that all other presentations (posters and oral presentations) are available to view ‘On-demand’ from 21 September until 31 January 2021 on the congress platform. All registered delegates will receive a unique login to access the platform on the day we go live on 21 September – so keep an eye on your inbox!
Our programme is now available online and has something for everyone – full of ideas and experiences from some of the leading researchers and practitioners in the world of palliative and end-of life care. More content is being uploaded daily. Look out for some great surprises – both scientific and extra curricular too!
The live and interactive sessions
From 7 to 9 October, live and interactive sessions will all run on the hour. To fit with the new online format, most of our speakers will only present a short summary of work with most of the session dedicated to discussion and debate. Full talks will be pre-recorded and available on the congress platform. All poster presentations will be available to view from 21 September, and some short videos explaining abstract authors’ research will be there too.
To gain the most benefit, please view relevant materials uploaded by panel members before the live sessions.
The questions (7 to 9 October)
The online congress offers more opportunities than ever to ask questions or raise an issue with our wide range of invited speakers. To ask a question all you have to do is either:
- Send a question in advance via the congress platform (from 21 September), or;
- Use the ‘chat function’ during the live sessions.
You told us that building your global contacts was important – so we listened! And with more than 1,000 people attending the congress from 69 countries it’s even more important! Once logged in to the congress platform, all abstract authors, invited speakers and registered delegates will be able to share details about themselves by building their own profile page, with information such as links to your research pages, social media and a photo. Look out for an email and announcements on social media about this just before the congress goes live on 21 September.
The exhibition and sponsors – and the chance to win an Apple iPad
Just like our in-person meetings, we have a range of sponsors and not-for-profit exhibitors for our online congress. We would like to thank them all for their support and urge you to visit their stands, which will be accessible on the congress platform from 21 September. To ensure you make the most of the exhibition, this year we will have a prize draw with the grand prize of an AppleiPad – the more of the congress you visit the greater your chance of winning this prize. More details will follow.
The final question – what if I can’t attend on 7 to 9 October?
Even if you’re not available to attend all live sessions, you don’t have to miss a thing! All content will be available to view. Following the live and interactive sessions in October, these presentations (including all questions and answers) will also be uploaded to the congress platform and will be available until 31 January 2021.
Don’t forget to visit the EAPC blog. Over the next few weeks we are giving 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 have not registered yet for the congress, it is not too late. Registration will remain open up to, and including, 9 October 2020. We look forward to welcoming you!