Please click below to view the daily schedule for the EPA 2020 scientific programme. Our interactive programme allows you to search keywords and browse day-by-day in various formats. Try clicking on a session for further information such as the chairpersons, speakers, session description, etc.

Interactive Scientific Programme

*The interactive programme is regularly updated with new confirmed sessions and speakers. Please note that the programme is subject to change.


Saturday 28 March, h 18.30:

Opening Ceremony followed by a Welcome Reception

Saturday 28 March, h 21.00:

Early Career Psychiatrists Networking Evening (ticket required)


The EPA 2019 scientific programme is composed of five tracks.

Within each track, some sessions are part of the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Programme which is tailored to the needs of the early career psychiatrist. We invite all recent graduates to participate.


Sessions with a focus on current research trends in psychiatry

Clinical / Therapeutic

Offers participants updated, state-of-the-art, clinical and therapeutic information based on research and linked to daily practice


Providing an update on developments in the field and the opportunity for exchange of ideas between participants and speakers

Mental Health Policy

Addressing principles and models for action aimed to promote mental health


Addressing common issues for psychiatrists from across Europe and will therefore be of particular interest for members of the National Psychiatric Associations


EPA Courses

The European Congress of Psychiatry serves the educational mission of the EPA by providing high-quality EPA Courses, covering all aspects of psychiatry. Fees are charged separately for the courses. Each EPA Course is composed of two 90-minute sessions.

State-of-the-Art Lectures

The State-of-the-Art lectures have a strong clinical focus, providing a complete update on significant aspects of current clinical treatments in European psychiatry. The State-of-the-Art lectures are delivered by top European or worldwide experts and last 45 minutes.

Plenary Lectures

The Plenary lectures are mainly theoretical and research-oriented, with a strong scientific focus. These lectures are delivered by leading psychiatrists, scientists and other mental health professionals invited by the Scientific Programme Committee. They cover the major topics of the Congress theme.

Pro & Con Debates

Debates offer a lively and fruitful discussion on controversial issues. A chairperson moderates the debate and the following discussion, while two speakers (proponent /opponent) offer and challenge opinions on “hot topics” for 30 minutes each. Participants may also be asked to interact by voting at the beginning and/or end of the session.


These 90-minute sessions, selected by the Scientific Programme Committee, focus on specific topics in psychiatry, representing several points of view. Each symposium includes four presentations by international speakers and offers an opportunity for discussion at the end.


The Workshops are devoted to a specific topic and bring together experts in this field for an intensive discussion. These are 90-minute working sessions, with 30 minutes devoted to discussion and interactivity.

Early Career Psychiatrists Programme

The EPA invites recent graduates to follow its specialist programme, which is tailored to the needs and interests of early career psychiatrists. The ECP Programme is composed of a Networking Evening and a special track of sessions throughout the Congress.

Ask the Expert Sessions

Ask the Experts sessions allow participants to meet in a small group with outstanding researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. Sessions take place at round tables and are limited to a certain number of participants with advanced sign-up required.

EPA Forum

The EPA Forums brings together EPA Council of National Psychiatric Association (NPA) members and individual EPA members, along with other European organisations, stakeholders and policy makers, to present and discuss matters of European importance in the field of Mental Health and Mental Health Care.

Oral Communications Sessions

Authors are invited to submit abstracts, classified by topics. There is a limitation concerning the number of submissions per individual. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Scientific Programme Committee and scheduled as Oral Communications Sessions, e-Poster Presentations, or e-Poster Viewing.
Those abstracts scoring the highest will be allotted an Oral Communication Session in which the author will have 8-10 minutes to present the research in the presence of colleagues with related research.

e-Poster Presentations

Authors in the second-highest category of scoring are invited to present their research findings or important ongoing research as an e-Poster Presentation, where they have 2-3 minutes to present their e-Posters (in front of the e-Poster station) in the presence of a chairperson and colleagues with related research.

e-Poster Viewing

All other authors accepted for e-Poster status will be able to view their poster at one of 15-17 e-Poster stations located around the congress centre. The stations are accessible to all delegates throughout the Congress for individual viewing. All accepted posters whose authors attended the Congress are published in the European Psychiatry Digital Abstract Supplement during and following the Congress.

Sponsored Sessions Satellite

Satellite Symposia are organised by pharmaceutical companies in consultation with the Scientific Programme Committee. These sessions are fully integrated into the Congress, but are sessions entirely designed, produced and driven by the pharmaceutical industries by an unrestricted educational grant.