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 32nd ECNP Congress in Copenhagen 2019.

Scientific sessions

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 symposia (S), educational update sessions (E) and innovative format sessions.

Symposium (S)
In each symposium, four speakers present on a specific topic with fresh data. Each speaker gets 20 minutes to present and will leave 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Each symposium has one or two chairs to lead the session.

New Findings symposium (S)
One symposium with eight early career speakers. These promising early career scientists are selected from the poster presenters at the ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe, which is held every year in March in Nice, France.

New Frontiers symposium (S)
Every year one symposium is dedicated to share the outcome of the ECNP New Frontiers Meeting in Digital Health, which is held every year in March in Nice, France. Representatives from IT, pharma and medical devices industry, regulators, and patient and family associations attend this yearly meeting to discuss different points of view on the opportunities and risks that digital medicine implies for treatment development for brain disorders.

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 session (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 voting system is used to make the sessions more interactive. Each session has two speakers and one moderator.

ECNP-Inspired (I)
ECNP Inspired is an innovative format session featuring prominent speakers from the field giving a short inspirational talk on popular topics.

New Medications session (M)
In the New Medications session clinical trials of new compounds will be presented, including proof of concept and post-marketing studies. Selected speakers will get the opportunity to present their new medication during a 15-minute presentation.

Other scientific sessions

Besides the parallel sessions there are more sessions and lectures to choose from to guarantee you a dynamic and enlightening congress experience.

Brainstorming session (BS)
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 session (CA)
Campfire sessions are experimental, informal and highly interactive. 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 an actual 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 session (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 early career scientists, but sessions are open to all participants. Career development sessions are held daily.

ECNP Patient session (ES)
The ECNP patient session is created together with different patient organisations. It is a short 45-minute session.

Keynote lecture (KL)
The 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.
It will take place on Saturday 7 September 2019 as part of the keynote session, followed by the welcome reception.

Nomenclature session (NS)
A lunchtime session on Sunday, specially dedicated to the classification of psychotropic drugs by means of the Neuroscience-based Nomenclature.

Plenary lecture (PL)
The plenary lectures are presented by internationally eminent scientists. Six plenary lectures are scheduled, one of which will be held by the 2019 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner.

Poster Jam (J)
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 daily (10.45-11.10) in the Circle, at the poster area.

Poster session (P) and E-poster session (EP)
Poster sessions are held from Sunday to Tuesday at 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.

Top paper session (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 clinical research.

Industry sessions

Satellite symposium (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. These sessions might be accredited for European accreditation (CME) depending on the industry organising the satellite symposium.

Expert science exchange (CE)
The expert science exchange sessions provide the opportunity for focused, scientifically driven engagement between industry and a small group of participants. Each Industrysession is 60 minutes and has a limited capacity of 80 participants. Admittance is given on a first-come-first-served basis. The sessions are organised and financially supported by industry. These sessions do not come with CME credits.

Product Theatre (PT)
These hands-on, interactive sessions provide a high-value forum for industry to engage with a small group of participants on a broad range of issues, including treatment approaches, the uses of specific medications, clinical insights, and product demonstrations. Each product theatre session is 30 minutes and has a limited capacity. Admittance is given on a first-come-first-served basis.
The sessions are organised and financially supported by industry. These sessions do not come with CME credits.