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 33rd ECNP Congress in Vienna 2020.

Scientific sessions

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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.

ECNP’s Got Talent (S)
ECNP entertains numerous activities for early stage researchers, such as schools and workshops. Here we see some of the brightest and most talented Early Career Scientists in applied neuroscience from all over Europe. For this new format, we have selected the most promising ones of this already prestigious group and challenged them to compete against their peers by giving a great presentation. Be prepared for high-performance presentations, excellent science – and a jury that is as entertaining as it is relentless. Not only fame, but also an award is to be won in this talent showcase that demonstrates that Europe and ECNP have enormous scientific potential.

Regulatory Spotlight Session (S)sessions
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 (EDU)
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 (S)
ECNP Inspired is an innovative format session featuring prominent speakers from the field giving a short inspirational talk on popular topics.

New Medications Session (S)
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.

Additional 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 sessionCampfire 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 12 September 2020 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

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 2020 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 and E-poster SessionPoster (P) and E-poster Session (EP)
Poster sessions are held from Sunday to Tuesday at the poster area. All posters are presented on poster boards and/or via e-poster terminals. During the poster sessions there will be a travel and 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.