Types of sessions

The 35th ECNP Congress offers a variety of scientific sessions designed to appeal to a wide range of participants. programme-small
All the sessions will be available for in-person participants. Most of the sessions will also be available for online participants.

The livestreamed sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing by registered participants until 19 January 2023 12.00 (CET – Central European Time).

For an overview of the preliminary programme, click here.

Scientific Sessions

  • Interactive Sessions
    ✓ Educational Update Sessions (E)
    ✓ Campfire Sessions (CA)
    ✓ Career Development Sessions (CD)

  • Poster Sessions
    ✓ Posters (P) & ePosters (EP) Sessions
    ✓ Poster Jams (J)
  • Other Sessions
    ✓ ECNP’s Got Talent (OS)
    ✓ Hot Topic Sessions (OS)
    ✓ ECNP Inspired Sessions (OS)
    ✓ Regulatory Spotlight Session (OS)
    ✓ Neuroscience-based Nomenclature Session (OS)
    ✓ Patient Session (OS)
    ✓ Women-in-Science Session (OS)
    ✓ New Frontiers Session (OS)
    ✓ Panel discussions (OS)

Industry Sessions


Scientific Sessions


Keynote Lecture (KN)Rachel Yehuda, USA
60 minutes (including welcome speech); livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
Opening with a welcome by the ECNP President, the Keynote Lecture is given by a world-renowned speaker, Rachel Yehuda, and formally launches the ECNP scientific programme. All participants are invited to join it! More details on this page

Plenary Lectures (PL)
45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
The six Plenary Lectures at the ECNP Congress are given by internationally-recognised eminent scientists and are the backbone of the scientific programme. Two of the six lectures are given by the 2022 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner and by the Brain Prize Winner. Each lecture ends with 15 minutes of Q&A time. Questions can be asked from in-person and online participants. More details on this page.
 
Symposia and other presentations
  • Symposia (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    In these traditional ECNP Symposia, four top experts on a specific topic – led by a chair – map out the state of the field and present their most recent findings. Each speaker has 15 minutes to present their data followed by Q&A. Questions can be asked from in-person and online participants.

  • New Findings in Applied Neuroscience (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    New Findings in Applied Neuroscience is a special symposium that gives six promising Early Career Scientists – selected from the best research presented at the ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe – the opportunity to present their latest findings. Each lecture ends with Q&A time. Questions can be asked from in-person and online participants.

  • New Medications Symposium (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The New Medications Symposium is a special symposium dedicated to clinical trials of new compounds, including proof of concept and post-marketing studies, using data from human trials. The selected speakers – led by a chair – present their data on new medications during a short presentation followed by Q&A. Questions can be from in-person and online participants. Submit your application for this symposium here.

  • Top Paper Sessions (TP)
    30 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    During the Top Paper Sessions, distinguished speakers present and discuss four papers published during the last year, 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 research.

  • Love Your Brain Sessions (LB)Love_your_brain
    30 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    These sessions – each led by a single speaker– focus on the importance of prevention of brain disorders and promotion of mental health through a healthy and brain-friendly lifestyle. Art, music, food, pets and more: these sessions will explore neuroscience from a different perspective! The presentation of the speaker is followed by a short Q&A time.

Interactive Sessions

  • Educational Update Sessions (E)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    These sessions are designed to provide an educational update with emphasis on new information relevant for clinical practice. They focus on a continuous dialogue between the two speakers and the participants. During their talks, the speakers will engage the participants by inviting them to take part in an interactive poll on the presented topics. Each presentation ends with the Q&A. Questions to speakers can be asked from in-person and online participants.

  • Campfire Sessions (CA)
    45 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    The Campfire Sessions allow for the maximum interaction between experts on a certain topic and participants. Sitting in a circle as if around a campfire – and without slides and screens – the expert, with the help of a moderator, will first introduce the topic followed by a conversation with the participants. It is an easy and accessible way to pose your burning question(s) to a leading expert.

  • Career Development Sessions (CD)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The Career Development Sessions are training sessions with a leading expert in the field. The topics of these sessions focus on building your scientific career – writing scientific papers, improving presentation skills, creating a spin-off company or finding a job in the industry are just a few examples – and are especially interesting for early career scientists. The session ends with Q&A.
Abstract submission guidelines

Poster Sessions
Once the abstracts have been reviewed the accepted abstracts will be added to the programme.

  • Poster (P) and ePoster Sessions (EP)
    - Poster Sessions: available for in-person participants
    - ePoster Sessions: available for in-person and online participants during the congress
    The Poster Sessions are held in-person, from Sunday 16 October to Tuesday 18 October in the poster area. The abstracts accepted for in-person presentation will be presented with a paper poster.
    All posters from accepted abstracts are also available via the online platform through ePosters, starting from the first day of the congress.

  • Poster Jams (J)
    20 minutes; available for in-person participants
    Poster Jams are 20 min sessions focused on a specific topic in which selected poster presenters present their poster at the venue in the poster area.
Women in Science

Other Sessions

  • ECNP’s Got Talent (OS)
    60 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    For this innovative format, ECNP has selected a group of talented Early Career Scientists and challenged them to compete against their peers by giving the best presentation of their most recent data. Their ‘performances’ will be evaluated by a jury and the best one will receive an award.
  • Hot Topic Sessions (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The Hot Topic Sessions offer an opportunity to present and discuss the timeliest science during a short talk. Speakers are selected by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) from open submission. For more details on how to submit a proposal, click here.
  • ECNP Inspired Sessions (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    ‘Inspiration’ can be defined as an event that reveals a new truth to our mind, guiding us to new acts or a new perspective about our life and work. The ECNP Inspired Session gives the stage to speakers that will inspire you by giving a short talk on their experiences as researchers and clinicians.
  • Regulatory Spotlight Session (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    This is a special regulatory dialogue session with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Designed for open and active engagement amongst EMA stakeholders, the session is an excellent opportunity for scientific and regulatory exchange.

  • Neuroscience-based Nomenclature Session (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) is a pharmacologically driven nomenclature for medications with CNS indications, and updated continuously. It is a result from an unprecedented collaboration between the five leading CNS pharmacological organisations: ECNP, CINP, ACNP, AsCNP and IUPHAR. During this session, presenters from the NbN taskforce will present how the NbN has been developed and illustrate how to use it.

  • Patient Session (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    ECNP is committed to ensuring that advances in the understanding of the brain are translated into better treatments and enhanced public health. Hence, one of the goals of ECNP is to facilitate the dialogue between researchers, regulators, government bodies, and patients. As such, each year the Congress organises and hosts this session with patient organisations, on a specific topic.

  • Women in Science Session (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The general goal of this session is to raise awareness of gender and diversity issues in brain sciences and to disseminate positive practices countering discrimination.

  • New Frontiers Session (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    A session dedicated to the outputs of the ECNP New Frontiers in Digital Health Meeting held in March. This face-to-face meeting is designed for all representatives from IT, pharma and medical devices industry, regulators, and patient and family associations, who are interested in discussing different points of view on how digital health is going to change the way clinical trials are run and the use of digital therapeutics for brain disorders.

  • Panel discussions (OS)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    Panel discussions host a selected group of panellists who discuss and share differing perspectives about a specific topic. A moderator will guide the panel and the audience through the session. The two discussants will offer opinions and respond to audience questions either through questions curated by the moderator or taken from the in-person and online participants.

Industry Sessions

These industry sessions are organised with financial support from industry and are reviewed for balance and rigour by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC).

  • Industry Satellite Symposia (ISS)
    90 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants if applicable
    These industry sessions are scientifically oriented and have a well-balanced programme (e.g. not concentrating on one or specific medication only). The programmes are not organised in parallel with the official ECNP scientific programme.

  • Industry Mini Sessions (IMS)
    30 minutes; not-livestreamed; available for in-person participants only.
    These interactive sessions offer the opportunity to move from commercial oriented exposure to more focused, scientifically driven engagement with the in-person participants. The programmes take place in parallel with the official ECNP scientific programme.

  • Industry Interactive Discussions (IID)
    30 minutes; not-livestreamed; available for in-person participants only.
    These interactive sessions offer the opportunity to move from commercial oriented exposure to more focused, scientifically driven engagement with the in-person participants. The programmes take place in parallel with the official ECNP scientific programme.

  • Industry Product Theatre (IPT)
    30 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants if applicable
    Industry Product Theatre sessions provide a podium for industry to engage with participants on a broad range of issues, including new treatment approaches, medical devices, digital health apps, the uses of specific medications, clinical insights, innovative services and product demonstrations. The programmes take place in parallel with the official ECNP scientific programme.