Call for proposals for Parallel & ‘Meet the expert’ Sessions

Dear Colleagues

The 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care “Global palliative care – shaping the future” taking place from the 23th -25th May 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The Scientific Committee is seeking proposals for Parallel and ‘Meet the expert’ sessions from individuals, EAPC Taskforces, European Research Projects and other groups for the congress programme.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee, we invite you to prepare and submit a proposal for either a:

  1. Parallel session: Parallel sessions are allocated 90 minutes, with 3 speakers (20 minute per talk and 10 minutes discussion).  Where possible the speakers should be from different countries.
  2. ‘Meet the expert’ session: Meet the expert sessions take place early in the morning and are 45 minutes in duration. Two experts chair the session and each present a short well-prepared talk, leaving the rest of the session for discussion.

Proposals addressing issues related to

  • global access to palliative care and pain relief,
  • noncommunicable diseases management in low and middle-income countries,
  • palliative care as a crucial element of universal health coverage, 
  • health inequalities and care of vulnerable populations

… will be most welcome!


If interested, please complete the Session Proposal Form / Meet the expert Proposal Form. Each group can submit up to a maximum of three forms.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Content (title, proposed speakers)
  • Lead co-ordinator and their contact details (e-mail) 
  • Target audience for the proposed session
  • Information on what delegates should expect to gain from the session
  • Any matching funding (e.g. out of EU Projects) that could finance (all / partial) expenses for Speakers

Completed proposals must be received by latest 5pm on 31 January 2018 to mail to: scicom2019@eapcnet.eu.


The EAPC has a limited budget for the support of invited speakers.  Please note that acceptance of your parallel or ‘Meet the expert’ session proposal does not automatically result in all costs being covered. Whilst the EAPC will endeavour to cover travel costs within Europe we are unable to fully support speakers travelling from outside of Europe. The EAPC cannot cover costs for session chairs unless they are an invited speaker in another session. If alternative funding is available  (e.g. from EU Projects) please indicate this on the Session Proposal Form.


The Scientific Committee will assess all proposals taking into account the art and science of palliative care and the range and balance of topics. Feedback from evaluations completed by delegates of previous congresses will be taken into consideration when planning sessions. The Scientific Committee may also make suggestions regarding the proposals in terms of content or speakers.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your proposals.

Kind regards
Dr Sébastien Moine,
Chair of EAPC Scientific Committee, Berlin 2019

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