Types of sessions

The 34th ECNP Congress Hybrid offers a variety of scientific sessions designed to appeal to a wide range of participants. programme-small
All the sessions will be available for in-person participants. Most of the sessions will also be available for online participants.

The livestreamed sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing by registered participants until 13 January 2022 12.00 CET (Central European Time).
For a complete overview of the programme, click here.

Scientific Sessions

  • Keynote Lecture (KL)
  • Plenary Lectures (PL)
  • Symposia and other presentations
    ✓ Symposia (S)
    ✓ New Findings in Applied Neuroscience (S)
    ✓ New Medication Symposium (S)
    ✓ Top Paper Sessions (TP)
    ✓ Love Your Brain Sessions (LB)
    ✓ Award Talks (AT)

  • Interactive Sessions
    ✓ Educational Update Sessions (EDU)
    ✓ Brainstorming Sessions (BS)
    ✓ Campfire Sessions (CA)
    ✓ Career Development Sessions (CD)

  • Poster Sessions
    ✓ Posters (P) & ePosters (EP) Sessions
    ✓ Poster Jams (J)

  • Innovative Sessions
    ✓ ECNP’s Got Talent (IN)
    ✓ ECNP Inspired Sessions (IN)
    ✓ Regulatory Spotlight Session (IN)
    ✓ Neuroscience-based Nomenclature Session (IN)
    ✓ Patient Session (IN)
    ✓ Women-in-Science Session (IN)
    ✓ New Frontiers Session (IN )
    ✓ Panel discussions (IN)

Industry Sessions

Scientific Sessions

Keynote Lecture (KL)
60 minutes (including welcome speech); livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
Opening with a welcome by the ECNP President, the Keynote Lecture is given by a world-renowned speaker and formally launches the ECNP scientific programme. All participants are invited to join it! More details on this page.
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Plenary Lectures (PL)

45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
The six Plenary Lectures at the ECNP Congress are given by internationally-recognised eminent scientists and are the backbone of the scientific programme. Two of the six lectures are given by the 2021 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner and by the Brain Prize Winner. Each lecture ends with 15 minutes of Q&A time. Questions can be from in-person and online participants. More details on this page.

Symposia and other presentations
  • Symposia (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    In these traditional ECNP Symposia, four top experts on a specific topic – led by a chair – map out the state of the field and present their most recent findings. Each speaker has 15 minutes to present their data followed by Q&A. Questions can be from in-person and online participants.

  • New Findings in Applied Neuroscience (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    New Findings in Applied Neuroscience is a special symposium that gives six promising Early Career Scientists – selected from the best research presented at the ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe – the opportunity to present their latest findings. Each lecture ends with Q&A time. Questions can be from in-person and online participants.

  • New Medications Symposium (S)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The New Medications Symposium is a special symposium dedicated to clinical trials of new compounds, including proof of concept and post-marketing studies, using data from human trials. The selected speakers – led by a chair – present their data on new medications during a short presentation followed by Q&A. Questions can be from in-person and online participants. Submit your application for this symposium here.

  • Top Paper Sessions (TP)
    30 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    During the Top Paper Sessions, distinguished speakers present and discuss four papers published during the last year, 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 research.

  • Love Your Brain Sessions (LB)Love_your_brain
    30 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    These sessions – each led by a single speaker– focus on the importance of prevention of brain disorders and promotion of mental health through a healthy and brain-friendly lifestyle. Art, music, food, pets and more: these sessions will explore neuroscience from a different perspective! The presentation of the speaker is followed by a short Q&A time.

  • Award Talks (AT)
    30 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    The winners of the ECNP Negative Results Prize in Clinical Neuroscience, the ECNP Citation Prize and ECNP Rising Star Award are awarded and present their data during these talks. The presentation of the speaker is followed by a short Q&A time.

Interactive Sessions

  • Educational Update Sessions (EDU)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    These sessions are designed to provide an educational update with emphasis on new information relevant for clinical practice. They focus on a continuous dialogue between the two speakers and the participants. During their talks, the speakers will engage the participants by inviting them to take part in an interactive poll on the presented topics. Each presentation ends with the Q&A. Questions to speakers can be from in-person and online participants.

  • Brainstorming Sessions (BS)
    45 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    Brainstorming Sessions are interactive sessions in which ECNP members have the opportunity to present an intriguing scientific question that they want to be answered, or a problem that they want to explore with the Congress participants. After a short presentation of their data, the two speakers will start the discussion with the audience, collecting feedback and new ideas.

  • Campfire Sessions (CA)
    45 minutes; only available for in-person participants
    The Campfire Sessions allow for the maximum interaction between experts on a certain topic and participants. Sitting in a circle as if around a campfire – and without the usual formalities, slides and screens – the expert, with the help of a moderator, will first introduce the topic followed by a conversation with the participants. It is an easy and accessible way to pose your burning question(s) to a leading expert.

  • Career Development Sessions (CD)
    45 minutes; available for in-person
    The Career Development Sessions are training sessions with a leading expert in the field. The topics of these sessions focus on building your scientific career – writing scientific papers, improving presentation skills, creating a spin-off company or finding a job in the industry are just a few examples – and are especially interesting for early career scientists. The session ends with Q&A.
Abstract submission guidelines

Poster Sessions
Once the abstracts have been reviewed the accepted abstracts will be added to the programme.

  • Poster (P) and ePoster Sessions (EP)
    - Poster Sessions: 60 minutes; available for in-person participants
    - ePoster Sessions: available for in-person and online participants during the congress
    The Poster Sessions are held in-person, from Sunday 3 October to Tuesday 5 October in the poster area. The abstracts accepted for in-person presentation will be presented with a paper poster.
    All posters from accepted abstracts are also available via the online platform through ePosters, starting from the first day of the congress.

  • Poster Jams (J)
    20 minutes; available for in-person participants
    Poster Jams are 20 min sessions focused on a specific topic in which selected poster presenters present their poster at the venue in the poster area.
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Innovative Sessions

  • ECNP’s Got Talent (IN)
    80 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    For this innovative format, ECNP has selected a group of talented Early Career Scientists and challenged them to compete against their peers by giving the best presentation of their most recent data. Their ‘performances’ will be evaluated by a jury and the best one will receive an award.

  • ECNP Inspired Sessions (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    ‘Inspiration’ can be defined as an event that reveals a new truth to our mind, guiding us to new acts or a new perspective about our life and work. The ECNP Inspired Sessions give the stage to speakers that will inspire you by giving a short talk on their experiences as researchers and clinicians. One of the two sessions will give space to the inspiring talks of patients.

  • Regulatory Spotlight Session (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    This is a special regulatory dialogue session with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Designed for open and active engagement amongst EMA stakeholders, the session is an excellent opportunity for scientific and regulatory exchange.

  • Neuroscience-based Nomenclature Session (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) is a pharmacologically driven nomenclature for medications with CNS indications, and updated continuously. It is a result from an unprecedented collaboration between the five leading CNS pharmacological organisations: ECNP, CINP, ACNP, AsCNP and IUPHAR. During this session, presenters from the NbN taskforce will present how the NbN has been developed and illustrate how to use it.

  • Patient Session (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    ECNP is committed to ensuring that advances in the understanding of the brain are translated into better treatments and enhanced public health. Hence, one of the goals of ECNP is to facilitate the dialogue between researchers, regulators, government bodies, and patients. As such, each year the Congress organises and hosts this session with patient organisations, on a specific topic.

  • Women in Science Session (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    The general goal of this session is to raise awareness of gender and diversity issues in brain sciences and to disseminate positive practices countering discrimination.

  • New Frontiers Session (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    A session dedicated to the outputs of the ECNP New Frontiers in Digital Health Meeting held in March. This meeting is designed for all representatives from IT, pharma and medical devices industry, regulators, and patient and family associations, who are interested in discussing different points of view on how digital health is going to change the way clinical trials are run and the use of digital therapeutics for brain disorders.

  • Panel discussions (IN)
    45 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants
    Panel discussions host a selected group of panellists who discuss and share differing perspectives about a specific topic. A moderator will guide the panel and the audience through the session. The two discussants will offer opinions and respond to audience questions either through questions curated by the moderator or taken from the in-person and online participants.

Industry Sessions

The programme of the industry sessions at the ECNP Congress takes place in parallel with the official ECNP scientific programme and are reviewed for balance and rigour by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC).

  • Industry Satellite Symposia (ISS)
    90 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants if applicable
    These Industry Satellite Symposia are scientifically oriented and have a well-balanced programme (e.g. not concentrating on one or specific pharmaceuticals only). Each speaker presents their data followed by Q&A. These sessions are organised with educational financial support from industry.

  • Industry Science Exchange (ISE)
    60 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants if applicable
    These sessions offer companies the opportunity to move from commercially oriented exposure to more focused, scientifically driven engagement with participants on a specific topic. These sessions are organised with educational financial support from industry.

  • Industry Product Theatre (IPT)
    30 minutes; livestreamed; available for in-person and online participants if applicable
    Industry Product Theatre sessions provide a podium for industry to share best-practice insights with participants on a broad range of issues, including new treatment approaches, the uses of specific medications, clinical insights, innovative services and product demonstrations. The sessions are organised with financial support from industry.