Sharing methods, learning and outputs: European Union-funded projects session at the EAPC 17th World Congress  

NEW SERIES: EXPLORING NEW DIMENSIONS AT #EAPC2021 …   

THERE ARE JUST TEN DAYS TO THE 17TH WORLD CONGRESS ONLINE OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE (#EAPC2021), WITH LIVE SESSIONS ON 6 TO 8 OCTOBER, AND LOTS OF ON-DEMAND CONTENT AVAILABLE BEFORE AND AFTER THE CONGRESS.  

Ahead of the congress, we’re delighted to give a glimpse of what’s in store at #EAPC2021. Today, we hear from Sheila Payne, Emeritus Professor, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and Richard Harding, Herbert Dunhill Professor of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation, Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute & Vice Dean (International) of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London, UK, about a special session they are co-chairing at the congress.


Professor Richard Harding and Professor Sheila Payne

Research is only meaningful if it is shared with clinicians, policymakers, patients and the public to make an impact on practice and care. Interaction between studies and teams is important for mutual learning, developing collaborations, and advancing science.  We are therefore delighted that we will have a special two-hour session at 13.00-15.00 (CET) on Wednesday 6 October 2021  at the EAPC 17th World Congress Online. View the full programme of our session here.

In just ten days’ time, nine distinguished researchers will report on their current programmes of international European Union-supported work. The projects cover a wide diversity of topics including testing supportive interventions for family carers, improving end-of-life services, better managing breathlessness, testing digital technologies in adults and children with blood cancers to improve communication and symptom reporting, and investigating the use of palliative sedation in clinical practice across Europe. In addition, there are two Erasmus scheme-funded projects that are focused predominately on clinical and service innovations in nursing education, and in improving access to core clinical research methods training for palliative care professionals.

As co-chairs, we will help to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers. Each speaker will present a brief update on their project in the first part of the session. This is followed by a short 10-minute break after which Professor Harding will start the discussion session by presenting his initial impression of the common themes, challenges and solutions among the projects presented. Then we will welcome your comments and questions using the Q&A functions to contribute to what we hope will be a lively and engaging discussion.

The European Union is a major funder of scientific innovation, networks and capacity building through a series of highly competitive focused programmes of research and development. Some of you may well be aware of the current programme called Horizon Europe, which has highlighted cancer as a major ‘mission’ and within that has a dedicated call for research projects concerned with testing novel interventions in palliative and supportive care – Funding & tenders (europa.eu). This type of funding provides opportunities to collaborate on large international projects that help to address health and societal concerns, beyond the remit and resources of individual countries. It is important that palliative care leaders access these funding programmes to improve clinical care and service development.

Undertaking research in palliative care is known to be challenging, and the COVID-19 pandemic has presented even more practical and methodological difficulties. However, there are some remarkable innovations and opportunities that are worthwhile sharing. So, whatever your disciplinary background, career stage or location in the world, this session is for you.

If you’re unable to attend the congress, you can still read about these remarkable EU-funded research projects on the EAPC website and in the ‘Collaborative projects’ category on the EAPC blog. But best of all, why not register for the congress and join our session!


Join Sheila Payne and Richard Harding and their guest speakers at 13.00-15.00 CET on Wednesday 6 October at the EAPC 17TH World Congress Online.  The congress offers interactive online sessions from 6 to 8 October 2021 with an entire day dedicated to Paediatric Palliative Care and a selection of pre-congress sessions on 5 October.  Congress platform goes live later today  – 27 September!

  • Register for the congress here. (Up to 25% discount for EAPC members)
  • View the live scientific programme here.
  • View the abstract book here.
  • Enter the Science Slam here.
  • Enjoy lots of on-demand content from 27 September until 31 January 2022.
  • Get a sneak peek of presentations in the EAPC World Congress series on the blog.
  • Follow latest congress news @EAPCvzw
This entry was posted in 17th EAPC World Congress, DIAdIC: Dyadic Psychosocial Interventions for people with Advanced cancer and their Informal Caregivers, EAPC COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, MyPal Consortium, NurseEduPal, Palliative Sedation Horizon2020, RESPACC. Bookmark the permalink.

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