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* Apply Now for EPA Prizes and Awards
* Participate in the Gaining Experience Programme
* Submit Abstracts for EPA 2017 before 6 October
* EPA at ECNP Congress in Vienna on 17-20 September
* EPA Supports Mental Health Bill of Rights
* News from Brussels


* 28 September-1 October (Berlin)
Berlin CL-Course 2016 (Consultation-Liaison-Psychiatry and Psychosomatics)
* 7-8 October (Moscow)
Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century
* 20-23 October (Athens)
2nd World Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists
* 1-4 April 2017 (Florence)
25th European Congress of Psychiatry
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EPA Prizes and Awards 2017

Early Career Psychiatrists, Apply Now! 

Calling all eligible early career psychiatrists: EPA has now opened the application process for the 2017 Research Prizes and Scholarship Programme!

Research Prizes

EPA will award 5 Research Prizes of 2000€ each to early career psychiatrists working in Europe, who have published the best scientific papers in 2016 in selected categories. One of the categories will highlight the best scientific paper accepted for publication in European Psychiatry Journal in 2016.

Apply by 2 November 2016!

Visit the EPA website for more information about the prizes and eligibility criteria.


Scholarship Programme

The 5 selected early career psychiatrists or trainees for the EPA Scholarship Programme will receive 2017 European Congress of Psychiatry registration, travel and accommodation, event invitations and other exclusive advantages. Early career psychiatrist or trainee candidates must be working in countries that make up the WHO Europe region.

Apply by 1 December 2016!

Visit the EPA website for more information about the Scholarship Programme and eligibility criteria.

Image above of the 2016 Scholarship Programme winners (l-r): Ozge Kilic, Howard Ryland, Iria Grande, Miloš Milutinović and Livia de Picker.

3rd Gaining Experience Programme

Apply by 30 September!

Following the success of the 2nd Gaining Experience Programme in 2015-2016, the Early Career Psychiatrists Committee (ECPC) has announced the launch of the 3rd Programme for 2016-2017.

The Programme is aimed at young psychiatry specialists and will offer 5 observership placements in psychiatric institutions located in England, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

For successful applicants, the EPA is pleased to offer scholarships to help with travel, accommodation and other expenses, amounting to 800€ per selected applicant.

All Early Career Psychiatrists are encouraged to apply by 30 September 2016.

Further information on the requirements, application and selection process can be found on the EPA website.

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Submit now for EPA Florence 2017

Abstract submission deadline: 6 October 2016 

EPA 2017 Florence is accepting submissions of Poster and Oral Communication Abstracts. View the list of abstract topics and make your submissions by 6 October 2016.

Check if you are eligible to win a Travel Grant and apply today through the abstract submission system.

EPA at ECNP Congress in Vienna

Come by the EPA booth 17-20 September

EPA will be present at the 29th ECNP Congress in Vienna on 17-20 September. 

On this occasion, EPA President Professor Wolfgang Gaebel will chair the EPA Educational Update Session titled "First Episode Psychosis: Beyond the Dopamine Paradigm" on Saturday 17 September at 16:50 in Hall F2.

Come by booth n°13 for your chance to win an EPA 2017 Florence registration, and get information about EPA events, membership, Prizes and Awards and the upcoming 25th European Congress of Psychiatry on 1-4 April 2017 in Florence, Italy.  

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2nd Annual World Mind Matters Day

EPA supports Mental Health Bill of Rights

On the occasion of World Mind Matters Day, a global campaign initiated by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) to achieve fairness in mental healthcare around the world, EPA joined 22 other organisations in signing a Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness.

This Bill of Rights, released on 5 September 2016, urges all governments to ensure that persons with mental illness, mental disability, and mental health problems are not discriminated against based on their mental health status, and are treated as full citizens enjoying all rights on an equal basis with others.

This document coincides with the release of results from a global survey funded by the WPA that found that over a third of UN member states don't permit people with mental illness the right to vote or marry, among other findings.

Visit the EPA website to read the full Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness.

Details about the global survey "Social Justice for People with Mental Illness" are available through the WPA website.

  News from Brussels


First EU Mental Health Compass Forum

Luxembourg, 6-7 October 2016

The first EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Well-being will take place in Luxembourg on 6 and 7 October 2016.
The event takes place in the frame of EU-level work concerning the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Well-being, of which the EU Compass is the main tool for collecting, exchanging and analysing information on policy and stakeholder activities.

The Forum will be the leading annual event on mental health and well-being in Europe, enabling an exchange among policy makers from different sectors such as Member State representatives, non-governmental stakeholders in advocacy, service providers, users and carers, trade unions and employers, private sector organisations, and academic/research institutes.
The purpose of the Forum is to discuss progress in the implementation of policy recommendations from the EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being, to present an overview of good practices across Europe, and to address emerging issues such as the mental health of refugees.

The event is upon invitation only.

Free, live coverage of the event can be followed through a web-stream open to the public.


For more information, visit the EU Compass wesbite.  

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