Scientific Programme

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ECP Programme

EPA Virtual 2021 invites recent graduates to its specialist programme tailored to the needs of the Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP).

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ECP Programme

Core Programme

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Violence Against Women and Mental Health

Session Chair: Silvana Galderisi, Italy
Speaker: Louise Howard, United Kingdom

Empathy and Embodied Self: Neural Underpinnings of Interpersonal Relations

Session Chair: Peter Falkai, Germany
Speaker: Vittorio Gallese, Italy

Stability and Change: Mental Disorders Across Lifetime

Session Chair: Philip Gorwood, France
Speaker: Avshalom Caspi, USA

Should Schizoaffective Disorder be Diagnosed Cross-Sectionally (ICD-11) instead of Longitudinally (DSM-5)?

Session Chair: Silvana Galderisi, Italy

Speaker: Peter Falkai, Germany

Speaker: Ingrid Melle, Norway

Legalisation of Cannabis: Is it Harmful or is it a Needed Change?

Session Chair: Andrea Fiorillo, Italy

Speaker: Jørgen Bramness, Norway

Speaker: Philip McGuire, United Kingdom

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Is it a Turning Point for e-Health?

Session Chair: Judit Simon, Austria

Speaker: Heleen Riper, The Netherlands

Speaker: Hans-Jürgen Möller, Germany

Personalised Psychiatry and Predictive Modelling: Translational Gimmick or Realistic Way Forward?

Session Chair: Julian Beezhold, UK
Speaker: Nikolaos Koutsouleris, Germany

Virtual Reality: Everything Psychiatrists Should Know

Session Chair: Jerzy Samochowiec, Poland
Speaker: Lucia Valmaggia, UK

The Clinical Characterisation of the Patient with Primary Psychosis Aimed at Personalisation of Management

Session Chair: Andrea Raballo, Italy
Speaker: Mario Maj, Italy

Digital Interventions in Severe Mental Disorders

Session Chair: Geert Dom, Belgium
Speaker: Sandra Bucci, UK

Targets and Outcomes of Psychotherapies for Mental Disorders

Session Chair: Cécile Hanon, France
Speaker: Pim Cuijpers, The Netherlands

Digital-based Parent Training (DPT) Programmes for Parents of Children with Disruptive Behaviours

Session Chair: Mario Maj, Italy
Speaker: Christoph Correll, Germany

Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe

Session Chairs:
Wolfgang Gaebel, Germany
Aikaterini Nomidou, Greece

Managing the Challenges in Implementing Digital Mental Health in Europe
Speaker: Oyono Vlijter, The Netherlands

The EPA-Council of National Associations in Implementing Digital Mental Health Across Europe: Opportunities and Challenges
Speaker: Simavi Vahip, Turkey

The Role of Research in Evaluating and Implementing Digital Mental Health
Speaker: Heleen Riper, The Netherlands

The Integrative Function of a Transnational Policy and Roadmap for Action Planning in Implementing Digital Mental Health
Speaker: Wolfgang Gaebel, Germany

Consequences of COVID-19 Outbreak on Mental Health

Session Chairs:
Stephanie Le Hellard, Norway
Simavi Vahip, Turkey

Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus Health Crisis in Spain
Speaker: Celso Arango, Spain

Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus Health Crisis in the Nordic Countries
Speaker: Unnur Valdimarsdottir, Iceland

Consequences of COVID-19 and Epidemiological Countermeasures on Mental Health in Europe: International Comparisons based on SHARE
Speaker: Axel Börsch-Supan, Germany

Early Findings from PERISCOPE (Pan-European Response to the Impacts of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics and Epidemics)
Speaker: Walter Osika, Sweden

Evidence-Based Family Interventions in Perinatal Psychiatry

Session Chairs:
Tamas Kurimay, Hungary
Martina Rojnic-Kuzman, Croatia

Development and Efficacy of a Psychoeducational Family Intervention for Perinatal Depression
Speaker: Andrea Fiorillo, Italy

Perinatal Psychiatry and Families’ Mental Health: Evidences from some French Graduated and Integrated Practices
Speaker: Anne-Laure Sutter-Dallay, France

What Is the Role of Video Feedback in Supporting Parents Experiencing Mental Health Problems?
Speaker: Jane Barlow, UK

Family Healing: Contextual Interventions in Perinatal Clinical Practice
Speaker: Tamas Kurimay, Hungary

Implementing Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Care

Session Chairs:
Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany
Urs Würsch, Switzerland

The WPA Programme on Implementing Alternatives to Coercion
Speaker: Helen Herrman, Australia

Involuntary Detention and Treatment: Are We Edging Toward a Paradigm Shift?
Speaker: Sonia Johnson, UK

Service User Perspectives on Coercion in Mental Health
Speaker: Aikaterini Nomidou, Greece

Implementing the Quality Rights Programme in Public Mental Health
Speaker: Soumitra Pathare, India

Epigenetics in Mental Disorders

Session Chairs:
Philip Gorwood, France
Jan Wise, UK

Epigenetic Studies in Psychosis
Speaker: Sarah Tosato, Italy

Epigenetic studies in Adult ADHD
Speaker: Tetyana Zayats, USA

Epigenetic Association with Environmental Risk Factors for Mental Disorders
Speaker: Stephanie Le Hellard, Norway

Epigenetic Pathways in PTSD
Speaker: Tortsen Klengel, USA

Network Analysis for Personalisation of Treatment: Understanding Links Among Symptoms, Risk Factors and Functioning

Session Chairs:
Peter Falkai, Germany
Diego Palao Vidal, Spain

Recovery in Schizophrenia: A Network Analysis of Inter-Relationships Among Disease-Related Variables, Personal Resources, Context-Related Factors and Real-Life Functioning
Speaker: Armida Mucci, Italy

Symptom-Specific Assessment of Treatment Efficacy: The Potential of Network Estimation Techniques
Speaker: Lynn Borschloo, The Netherlands

Network Meta-Analysis of Antidepressant Efficacy: Perspective and Challenges for Personalisation of Care
Speaker: Andrea Cipriani, Italy

Network Analysis in the Conceptualisation of Eating Disorders
Speaker: Alessio Monteleone, Italy

When East Meets West, the Treatment of Depression is at its Best

Session Chairs:
Jun Chen, China
Peter Gorwood, France

The Western Concepts of Treatment Resistant Depression and Difficult to Treat Depression
Speaker: Koen Demyttenaere, Belgium

Add-on Treatment for Chinese Patients with MDD, the Difference Between Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Practice
Speaker: Shaohua Hu, China

An Overview of Western Treatment Options for Difficult to Treat Depression
Speaker: Hamish McAllister-Williams, UK

Ketamin Add-on Treatment for Depression, Data from China
Speaker: Yuping Ning, China

East Meets West: How did Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Session Chairs:
Jun Chen, China
Peter Falkai, Germany

The Challenge of Mental Health Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Experience from Wuhan
Speaker: Yi Li, China

The Development of Online Mental Health Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Speaker: Huaning Wang, China

COVID-19 the Italian Perspective
Speaker:Marco Solmi, Italy

COVID-19 the Scandinavian Perspective
Speaker: Ole Andreassen, Norway

COVID-19 Pandemic and Psychiatry: Challenges, Experiences and Future Perspectives from Different European Countries

NPA Symposium

Session Chairs:
Simavi Vahip, Turkey
Jerzy Samochowiec, Poland

What Happened to our Patients and Mental Health Services and How Should we be More Ready in the Future?
Speaker: Jan Falkowski, UK

The Role of Professional’s Associations Under Extraordinary Situations: Contingency, Capacity, and Collaboration
Speaker: Koray Başar, Turkey

Ethical Issues under the Pressure of a Pandemic
Speaker: Bernardo Carpiniello, Italy

Experiences and Projections for the Future of Research, Training and Other Academic Activities: Will it be the Same?
Speaker: Pavel Mohr, Czech Republic

The Neuroimaging of Pharmacological Effects

ECNP Symposium hosted by the EPA

Session Chairs:
Philip Gorwood, France
Gitte Knudsen, Denmark

PET Imaging of Receptor Occupancy
Speaker: Gitte Knudsen, Denmark

Using fMRI to Advance New Drugs Discovery for Psychiatric Disorders
Speaker: Gerard R. Dawson, UK

EEG and ECG Based Response Predictors in Depression: Time for Personalised Medicine or Treatment Stratification?
Speaker: Martijn Arns, The Netherlands

You Can Tell a Good Workman by His Tools: The Instruments of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Neurologists. Why so Different?

EPA, EAN and EFPA Joint Symposium

Session Chairs:
Danuta Wasserman, Sweden
Mariana Pinto da Costa, UK

EPA Perspective
Speaker: Philip Gorwood, France

EAN Perspective
Speaker: Claudio Bassetti, Switzerland

EFPA Perspective
Speaker: Christoph Steinebach, Germany

Best of 2020 : Research that Advanced Psychiatry and Changed our Practice

Session Chairs:
Jan Wise, UK
Philip Gorwood, France

Speaker: Jørgen Bramness, Norway

Personality Disorders
Speaker: Christian Schmahl, Germany

Bipolar Affective Disorder
Speaker: Allan Young, UK

Session Descriptions

The EPA 2021 scientific programme will cover the latest developments in psychiatry, through state-of-the-art presentations, live moderation, discussions and more. Click below to view detailed descriptions of all the session formats on offer at the EPA Congress.

The European Congress of Psychiatry serves the educational mission of the EPA by providing high-quality EPA Courses, covering all aspects of psychiatry. Fees are charged separately for the courses. Each EPA Course is composed of one 120-minute sessions.


The State-of-the-Art lectures have a strong clinical focus, providing a complete update on significant aspects of current clinical treatments in European psychiatry. The State-of-the-Art lectures are delivered by top European or worldwide experts and last 45 minutes.


The Plenary lectures are mainly theoretical and research-oriented, with a strong scientific focus. These lectures are delivered by leading psychiatrists, scientists and other mental health professionals invited by the Scientific Programme Committee. They cover the major topics of the Congress theme.


Debates offer a lively and fruitful discussion on controversial issues. A chairperson moderates the debate and the following discussion, while two speakers (proponent /opponent) offer and challenge opinions on “hot topics” for 30 minutes each. Participants may also be asked to interact by voting at the beginning and/or end of the session.


These 90-minute sessions, selected by the Scientific Programme Committee, focus on specific topics in psychiatry, representing several points of view. Each symposium includes four presentations by international speakers and offers an opportunity for discussion at the end.

State of the art

The Workshops are devoted to a specific topic and bring together experts in this field for an intensive discussion. These are 90-minute working sessions, with 30 minutes devoted to discussion and interactivity.


The EPA invites recent graduates to follow its specialist programme, which is tailored to the needs and interests of early career psychiatrists. The ECP Programme is composed of a Networking Evening and a special track of sessions throughout the Congress.


Ask the Experts sessions allow participants to meet in a small group with outstanding researchers and clinicians. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new perspectives. Sessions take place at round tables and are limited to a certain number of participants with advanced sign-up required.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts, classified by topics. There is a limitation concerning the number of submissions per individual. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Scientific Programme Committee and scheduled as Oral Communications, e-Poster Presentations, or e-Poster Viewing.
Those abstracts scoring the highest will be allotted an Oral Communication. The author will have the opportunity to pre-record a 12-minute video presentation of their research which will be available on demand throughout the Congress. Dedicated chat-rooms for the TOP 10 topics will be available at specific times for Q&A with the authors.


Authors in the second-highest category of scoring are invited to present their research findings or important ongoing research as an e-Poster Presentation, where they have 5 minutes to present their e-Posters with an audio recording. In addition, the authors will be able to share their personal zoom link with interested delegates through the virtual platform.


All other authors accepted for e-Poster status will be able to view their poster in the virtual platform. The e-posters are accessible to all delegates throughout the Congress for individual viewing. All accepted posters whose authors attended the Congress are published in the European Psychiatry Digital Abstract Supplement during and following the Congress.


Satellite Symposia are organised by pharmaceutical companies in consultation with the Scientific Programme Committee. These sessions are fully integrated into the Congress, but are sessions entirely designed, produced and driven by the pharmaceutical industries by an unrestricted educational grant.