Ten EAPC Task Forces and Reference Groups go live at #EAPC2020

Last week, we suggested how to get the most out of the EAPC World Research Congress Online. Today, the EAPC head office team invite you to meet ten of the EAPC’s Task Forces and Reference Groups in live interactive meetings that are taking place from 7 to 9 October 2020.


Pictured are the chairs of the EAPC Task Forces that are holding Open Meetings at the congress. Clockwise l-r: Peter Pype, Lieve Van den Block, Cristina Monforte-Royo, Raymond Voltz, Lizzie Chambers, Ana Lacerda, Leena Pelttari, Ros Scott, Mary Turner, Aline Chassagne, Joan Marston and Lucas Radbruch.

Everyday we’re adding more final touches to the 11th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) which, for the first time, will be online on 7 to 9 October 2020. But even before then – on Monday 21 September– our congress platform will go live with masses of on-demand content to view. All registered delegates will receive a unique login to access the platform on this date so keep an eye on your inbox. And please check your Spam just in case the email is wrongly diverted!

Meanwhile, we’re delighted that ten of the EAPC’s Task Forces and Reference Groups will be hosting Open Meetings as part of the live interactive programme on 7 to 9 October. In this post, we’ll explain a little more about our task forces and reference groups and the important role they perform within the EAPC, and we encourage you to attend the Open Meetings.

The EAPC’s core values emphasise the importance of influencing, promoting and advocating for the delivery of high-quality palliative care by developing and sharing palliative care education, research, policy and evidence-based practice. And at the heart of everything we do is dissemination – dissemination to our members and, more widely, to the many other people who support us by presenting at and attending our congresses, contributing to EAPC white papers and our blog and much else. 

But what you may not know is how that information is collated – how it comes alive and pops up on our website, on our blog or in your inbox! Much of the information the EAPC produces comes from our hardworking task forces and reference groups. EAPC Task Forces are formed by interested EAPC members, from a range of disciplines and different countries, who work together to deliver on focused, time-limited projects. Some task forces have evolved into EAPC Reference Groups with a broader scope of work and the ability to deliver on multiple projects.

Behind every successful organisation there’s a task force or reference group…

We currently have 20 task forces whose remits range from Advance Care Planning in Dementia to the very latest, Palliative Care and Wound Care. And in addition, there are now eight reference groups – from Ageing and Palliative Care to Spiritual Care.

Broadly speaking, the groups share a common goal: to develop international networks for professionals who want to improve palliative care in a specific area, for example for people in minority communities such as people with intellectual disabilities, prisoners, refugees and migrants or those involved in public health, clinical issues, bereavement, family care. You name it – our task forces and reference groups have it covered! They identify examples of best practice internationally, develop evidence-based guidance and share and disseminate it, often via the publication of an EAPC white paper. Many groups have produced toolkits or guidance that has been translated and adapted for use in different cultures.

Pictured are the chairs of the EAPC Reference Groups that are holding Open Meetings at the congress. Clockwise l-r: David Oliver, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Scott Murray, Sébastien Moine, Marie-José Gijsberts and Bella Vivat.

Join EAPC groups live at the World Research Congress

Now you have the chance to meet ten of our EAPC Task Forces and Reference Groups in live interactive discussions by joining them in their Open Meetings at the EAPC World Research Congress Online. Details are listed below, together with links to their web pages. (More groups may request Open Meetings so please check the live interactive programme for latest information).

Meet EAPC Task Forces at their Open Meetings

Children and Young People 2pm CET, Wednesday 7 October 2020. Chairs: Lizzie Chambers and Ana Lacerda.

Healthcare Guidelines 11am CET, Thursday 8 October 2020. Chairs: Dr Peter Pype and Prof Lieve Van den Block.

Refugees and Migrants 5pm CET, Wednesday 7 October 2020. Chairs: Joan Marston and Prof Lukas Radbruch.

Mapping Palliative Care Provision for Prisoners in Europe 11am CET, Friday 9 October 2020. Chairs: Dr Mary Turner and Dr Aline Chassagne.

Volunteering 11am CET, Wednesday 7 October 2020. Chairs: Ros Scott and Leena Pelttari.

Wish to Hasten Death – 11am CET, 7 Wednesday 2020. Chairs: Dr Cristina Monforte-Royo and Prof Raymond Voltz.

Meet EAPC Reference Groups at their Open Meetings

Neurology 2pm CET, Wednesday 7 October 2020. Chair: Prof David Oliver.

Intellectual Disability 2pm CET, Friday 9 October 2020. Chairs: Prof Irene Tuffrey-Wijne and Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones.

Primary Palliative Care 2pm CET, Friday 9 October 2020. Chairs: Prof Scott Murray and Dr Sébastien Moine.

Spiritual Care 11am CET, Thursday 8 October 2020. Chairs: Dr Marie-José Gijsberts and Bella Vivat.

Please come along to the groups’ Open Meetings on 7 to 9 October and learn more about their activities, achievements and future projects.

Are you interested in setting up a task force or reference group? You can find more details here or email us here.

 Links

  • View all 20 EAPC Task Forces here, or visit the EAPC website and follow the links to EAPC Groups.
  • View all eight EAPC Reference Groups here.
  • Read posts from EAPC Task Forces and Reference Groups on the EAPC blog.

Read more posts about the 11th EAPC World Research Congress on the EAPC blog.


It’s not too late to register… Join palliative care specialists from across the world at the 11th World Research Congress Online of the European Association for Palliative Care. Interactive online sessions 7 to 9 October 2020 and on-demand content available from 21 September to 31 January 2021.

A blend of Pre-recorded On-demand Sessions, Live Presentations, Live Panels hosted by international experts, Children’s Seminar,Meet the Expert,Poster Sessions and EAPC Group Meetings, will bring you all the latest research from the world’s top researchers in palliative and end-of-life care. CME accreditation will be available. Meet some of our plenary speakers on the EAPC YouTube channel. View/download the full programme here. Register here.

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