Types of sessions

ECNP offers a variety of different sessions designed to appeal to a wide range of congress participants. Please find below an overview of the sessions that will be held at the 31st ECNP Congress in Barcelona 2018.

Scientific sessions

Brainstorming sessions (BS)
brainstorming logo Small focused interaction sessions organised by ECNP members on a topic of their choice. The organiser of the session and a second expert in that specific field of interest will initiate the discussion.

Campfire sessions
Campfire sessions are experimental, informal and highly interactive sessions. Two sessions will be held simultaneously on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (09.00-09.45) in the ‘Bubble’. The facilitator of the session will introduce a topic in five minutes in a real campfire circle and then drive the discussion further among the participants. Each session will have room for 20 participants, on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

Career development sessions (CD) 
These training sessions each feature a leading expert in the field. The expert is specifically invited to share with you his/her wealth of knowledge and experience. The topics are especially interesting for junior scientists, but sessions are open to all participants. Career development sessions are held daily during the lunch.

Keynote session (KL)

Gareth_LengThe keynote lecture features a world-renowned speaker who is especially invited to present on a topic of interest that should appeal to all congress participants.
The keynote session this year is by Gareth Leng, Professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He will be talking about 'The neuroscience of food choice and obesity'. It will take place on Saturday 6 October 2018, followed by the welcome reception.

Plenary lectures (PL)

The plenary lectures are presented by internationally eminent scientists. Six plenary lectures are scheduled, one of which will be held by the 2018 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner.

Poster Jam
In the Poster Jam, twelve poster presenters with a high scoring abstract will present their data in three minutes. The Poster Jam will have three parallel sessions with four presenters each. Every session will be on a different topic and at the end of each session, there is time for questions. The Poster Jams will be held on Sunday and Monday (10.45-11.10) in the Circle, at the poster area.

Poster sessions (P)
Poster sessions are held Sunday (12.00-14.00) and Monday (16.30-18.30) in the poster area. All posters are presented on poster boards and/or via e-poster terminals. During the poster sessions there will be a poster award ceremony.

Parallel sessions 
Five parallel sessions are scheduled daily in the morning and in the afternoon (on Saturday only in the afternoon). The parallel sessions are divided into regular symposia (S), alternative sessions (S) and educational update sessions (E).

ECNP CongressRegular symposia (S)
In each regular symposium, four speakers present on a specific topic. Each speaker gets 25 minutes to present and will leave 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

New Findings symposium (S)
One fixed symposium with eight speakers. The speakers are selected from the poster presenters at the ECNP Workshop for Junior Scientists in Europe, which is held every year in March in Nice, France.

Alternative sessions (S)
This year, we have alternative sessions with new formats where a hot topic or important new area is shared in an interactive way. We will have, for example, a panel discussion and a debate to discuss important topics.

Regulatory spotlight session (S)
A special regulatory dialogue session with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Designed for open and active engagement amongst EMA stakeholders, the session promises to be an excellent opportunity for scientific and regulatory exchange.

Educational update sessions (E)
The educational update sessions focus on a continuous dialogue between the participants and the presenters. Different angles of a subject are discussed and state-of-the-art summaries are provided, with emphasis on new information relevant for clinical practice. A ‘key pad’ system is used to make the sessions more interactive.

Top paper sessions (TP)
During six 30-minute top paper sessions speakers will discuss four papers published in the past 12 months, which they consider clinically most important and cutting-edge in their discipline. These sessions are a great way to get up-to-speed with the latest developments in six different disciplines.

Welcome reception
Following the Keynote session on Saturday, participants are invited to the welcome reception held at the congress venue where a drink and a small bite will be served.

Industry sessions

Satellite symposia (C) 
These scientifically oriented sessions (1 hour 30 minutes) are organised by and with educational financial support from industry. The programmes have been reviewed for balance and rigour by the Scientific Programme Committee and are accredited for European CME.

Expert science exchange (CE)
The expert science exchange provides the opportunity for focused, scientifically driven engagement between industry and participants. Each session (1 hour) has 3 presentations which can be attended separately. Each presentation has a limited capacity of 80 participants and admittance is given on a first-come-first-served basis. The sessions are organised and financially supported by industry.

Product Theatre (PT)
New this year, the product theatre provides a structured space for companies to present specific services, applications or products. Offered in 30-minute sessions, the theatre provides an opportunity for treatment-oriented interaction between congress participants and company experts. They do not come with CME credit.

You can view the scientific programme here.