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 30th ECNP Congress in Paris 2017.

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.

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 poster sessions.

Keynote session (KL)
KrystalAs the centrepiece of the keynote session, 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. The keynote session will take place on Saturday 2 September 2017, followed by the welcome reception. The 2017 keynote lecture will be presented by John Krystal, Yale University School of Medicine, USA on 'Targeting glutamate in psychiatric disease'.

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 2017 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner.

Poster sessions (P)
Poster sessions are held Sunday until Tuesday from 12.15-13.45 in the poster area.
The posters are grouped in eight topics: 

1. Basic and clinical neuroscience
2. Mood disorders and treatment
3. Psychotic disorders and treatment
4. Anxiety disorders, OCD, stress related disorders and treatment
5. Dementia and neurological disorders
6. Addiction
7. Child and adolescent disorders and treatment
8. Other topics

All posters are presented on poster boards and via e-poster terminals.

Rapid-fire poster sessions (RF)
These sessions will give 18 of the highest scoring poster presenters the chance to present their data in a 5-minute presentation session. Rapid Fire poster presenters will be selected based on the quality of their abstract, and receive this extra benefit in addition to their participation in the usual poster sessions with a poster board.

Symposia (S)
The scientific symposia are divided into five tracks:
CT Clinical Treatment track: the latest in therapies and clinical applications
CR Clinical Research track: cutting-edge discoveries in clinical neuroscience  
IR Translational Research track: the latest translational and cross-disciplinary research
PR Preclinical Research track: Break-through research in basic neuroscience  
ET Educational track: Up-to-date insights and practice-oriented education

The sessions in the educational track 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.  

The symposia are scheduled in 6 parallel sessions, daily at 09.00-10.40 and 15.00-16.40 (on Saturday only from 16.50-18.30). In each symposium, four speakers present on a specific topic.

New Findings symposia
Two fixed symposia, one scheduled in the preclinical research track and one in the translational research track. Eight speakers per symposium 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.

Regulatory update session
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.  

TNM symposia
Three symposia based on the Targeted Network Meetings (TNMs), held last year in Vienna, Austria.

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 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 has 6 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 by and supported with educational financial from industry.