17th EAPC World Congress Online: See what the official #EAPC2021 Social Committee has in store…  

Members of the 17th EAPC World Congress Scientific Committee, Ana Lacerda (paediatrician), Elodie Cretin (researcher), Judith Rietjens (health scientist) and Claudia Sütfeld (EAPC Congress Coordinator and journalist) have formed an important sub-committee – the Official #EAPC2021 Social Committee. Here they explain what you can expect from this year’s World Congress that promises high-quality content with a twist of humour and fun…  

‘The Official #EAPC Social Committee’. Left to right clockwise: Judith Rietjens, Ana Lacerda, Claudia Sütfeld, Elodie Cretin

Have you registered for the EAPC 2021 World Congress yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Come explore new dimensions with us! And don’t forget that members of the EAPC receive a 25 per cent discount on registration fees…

This year’s World Congress will be a unique opportunity to engage with colleagues and friends whilst learning about the latest developments in the field of adult and paediatric palliative care. The virtual format has many advantages, as it means lower costs (fees, travel, accommodation, meals) – and offers the opportunity to view and review presentations at your leisure. All delegates have the chance to view content before the start of the congress plus there will be lots of on-demand content to review until 31 January 2022. Several hundred posters are available to view on the congress platform and we hope that you will vote for your favourites – voting is open until 31 December.

We are all well aware that ‘virtual’ events result in missed chances to interact in-person, to make new acquaintances, to socialise. This year’s Scientific Committee came up with a lot of ideas to promote interaction – it even constituted a Social Committee (us, in case you have not noticed)!

But we can’t do this alone – we need YOU!

Exploring New Dimensions at #EAPC2021 

Some of our plans are tried and tested, like the SCIENCE SLAM (make sure to brush up on all that knowledge; check the website or read an earlier post from Elodie here.  (If you’re already registered for the congress, you can even see some of the entries on the congress platform – just log into https://online.eapcnet.eu with your email and password).

Or the International Photography competition… There’s already a wonderful selection of photos from around the globe for everyone to view on the EAPC website and on the congress platform. Registered delegates will be able to vote for their favourites until 8 October.

You’ll also have a chance to win some great prizes. You can even indulge in a spot of gamification by tracking your activity on the congress platform – more prizes offered to the delegates who’ve been the most active on the platform.

And now for something entirely different… We also have many new ideas too (remember it’s a World Congress, right?).

You told us last year that you wanted a way to contact each other… this year we will have a message board. Want to share recipes? Your favourite cocktail recipe? Books? Music? Professional tips? … Start preparing, as we will have boards to pin these on. Registered delegates will find information about the message board in the A-Z Congress Guide that is now available on the congress platform.

This year, for the first time, we are introducing the Congregate App. This will be used throughout the congress to enable people to connect and chat at virtual ‘tables’ of up to 12 people. You can choose to ‘open’ a table or to ‘sit’ at an existing one. When opening a table, you may decide on a theme – an area of interest (within palliative care, or not!), a country, or whatever you fancy. (Check the A-Z Congress Guide for information on how to use the App and there’s even a ‘Congregate’ video explainer on the congress platform).

So, you see, this is really going to be an exciting and novel meeting. Learning will extend beyond the usual borders – not only in dynamic content but in the many flexible and creative ways we can engage with each other. With a blend of on-demand content, live interactive sessions from 6 to 8 October 2021 and the opportunity to continue viewing content for three months, you can dive into this year’s congress at a time to suit you.

Mix and match scientific rigour with our official online Yoga sessions, meet up with old friends and colleagues, share the excitement and tweet #EAPC2021.…. We look forward to seeing you soon.

EXPLORE NEW DIMENSIONS at #EAPC2021. The EAPC 17th World Congress Online offers interactive online sessions from 6 to 8 October 2021, an entire day dedicated to Paediatric Palliative Care and a selection of pre-congress sessions on 5 October.  If you’re already registered for the congress, you can access the congress platform now – lots of on-demand content available until 31 January 2022. Log in at https://online.eapcnet.eu with your email address and password.

  • Register for the congress here. (Up to 25% discount for EAPC members)
  • View the scientific programme here.
  • View the abstract book here.
  • Enter the Science Slam here.
  • Enjoy lots of on-demand content until 31 January 2022.
  • Get a sneak peek of presentations in the EAPC World Congress series on the blog.
  • Follow latest congress news @EAPCvzw #EAPC2021 and via the EAPC blog.





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