Our aims and objectives

ECNP is committed to ensuring that advances in the understanding of brain function and human behaviour are translated into better treatments and enhanced public health.

ECNP aims and objectives

ECNP's goals

  • Support innovative research in the convergent disciplines of neuropsychopharmacology and facilitate the communication of ideas, discoveries and best practices.
  • Encourage the scientific activities of countries in Europe and co-ordinate the development of common European standards.
  • Promote the entry of Early Career Scientists into the field and support their ongoing professional development.
  • Provide guidance and information to the public on matters relating to brain function and the treatment of brain disorders.
  • Facilitate dialogue with regulators, government bodies, international agencies and industry.

What we do

To achieve its aims, ECNP organises a wide range of activities, programmes and events across Europe. These include:


ECNP initiatives

  • The annual ECNP Congress, attended by around 6,000 psychiatrists, neuroscientists, neurologists and psychologists from around the world each year. For the communication and cross-fertilisation of research results and ideas in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.
  • Workshops, for (pre-)doctorates and residents.
  • New Frontiers Meetings, for cross-talk between researchers, industry and regulators on key future trends and frontier developments.
  • ECNP Courses to broaden ECNP range of educational activities for both clinical and non-clinical scientists.
  • ECNP-PsychX talks, high-relevance free online sessions, featuring monthly explorations into both clinical and experimental facets of psychiatry.


ECNP AwardsAs part of its mission to encourage high-quality research, ECNP offers a wide variety of awards designed to recognise and stimulate outstanding research in neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines in Europe:

For Early Career Scientists, ECNP is proud to offer the following awards:

As well as addressing the scientific community, ECNP provides guidance and information to the general public on matters relevant to brain research and brain disorders.

Our special registration fees
ECNP offers special registration fees for Early Career Scientists (ECS), residents of a Country with a Developing Economy (CDE), ECS resident in CDE outside EU, and ECNP Members. More info here.

Liaison with other key organisations in the field
ECNP and other organisations
To facilitate direct dialogues with other scientific bodies and indirect dialogues with the European Union Commissions, the European Parliament and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other decision-making bodies, ECNP is member of: