21st biennial congress – In-person – 11-14 Sep, 2024 Lausanne, Switzerland

Punts on the RiverIn addition to a fabulous & stimulating scientific programme on the theme Public mental health re-imagined: a roadmap towards global equity, we will also bring delegates a number of amazing social opportunities during the conference. Read on to find out more. 

So whether it’s informal networking with colleagues in unique settings, finding a quiet space to relax and think, or enjoying the wonderful sights of Cambridge, we hope there is something for everyone!  

Click on the sections below to find out more information on what we’re offering!

Welcome reception

Darwin College & River Cam

Thurs 8 Sep, 18:30-20:30

All delegates are cordially invited to our Welcome Reception on the opening evening of the Congress, to relax, socialise and unwind in the picturesque gardens of Darwin College, Cambridge, directly on the banks of the River Cam.

Darwin College is the University of Cambridge’s oldest graduate-only College, providing a community and residence for over 700 postgraduate students and academics. The College was founded in 1964 and was named after one of the University’s most famous alumni, Charles Darwin. The Darwin family owned some of the land on which the College is now situated.

We thank the Master and Fellows of Darwin College for hosting our reception. 

You will need your Congress lanyard and name badge to attend the event, and will not be able to enter the College without it. Refreshments and plant-based canapes will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place indoors. The College is a short walk from the Congress venue as indicated on the floorplan (see inner rear cover).

Delegates who have booked a punt ticket will be issued a timed ticket when they collect their registration pack from the Congress Reception Desk.  

Punt tour from the Welcome Reception along the River Cam

Punting on the riverThurs 8 Sep, 18:30-20:30

We are pleased to offer delegates the special chance to take a punt tour during the Welcome Reception, straight from the banks of Darwin College gardens, on an exclusive punt tour. Punting is a highlight of any visit to Cambridge and a special way to see the historic academic city. “Punts” are flat-bottomed wooden boats, and are moved down the river (or “punted”) by means of a long wooden pole used to push the punt down the river.

Delegates will be punted down the river directly from our Welcome Reception at Darwin College. You will be immersed in Cambridge’s history, passing some of its most famous landmarks while being told stories and legends about Cambridge’s past. 

No experience of punting is necessary, and punting is a very relaxing and safe way to see the city. The river is calm, shallow and gentle. Life jackets are not normally required, but can be provided on request!

Information for ticketholders

Tickets for the punt tour are now sold out. Punt tours will leave directly from the Welcome Reception in Darwin College gardens come rain or shine. Bring a coat and umbrella in case of inclement weather. Ticketholders will have a timed ticket included with your name badge.

You will not be able to enter the College without your Congress lanyard and name bade.

Please be at the punt departure point 10 minutes before your scheduled tour.

20th Congress Dinner in Selwyn College Old Hall

Selwyn College Formal hall

Fri 9 Sep, 18:45 onwards 

We are delighted to be able to host our 20th Congress’ biennial dinner in the delightful and unique setting of Selwyn College’s Old Hall. The dinner will be held on Friday 9 Sep 2022, commencing with a drinks reception from 18:45 for dinner at 19:30. 

The dinner promises to be a fabulous evening, beginning with a drinks reception in the College gardens or reception room (weather depending), followed by a three course dinner in the old hall, including wine and soft drinks. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are delighted to offer this unique and memorable evening to our delegates at exceptional value-for-money of £85 per person. We have a small number of tickets remaining which you can book by logging back into your Eventflo registration page.

Selwyn’s Hall was built in the early 1880s and has been in continual use since 1882 when the College first admitted undergraduates. The Hall will provide a wonderful and rare opportunity for delegates to dine in a Cambridge college, as students have been doing since 1209 to the present day. 

Delegates who chose to stay in Selwyn College accommodation will also have access to the modern servery and Hall for breakfast. 

You can read more about the history of Selwyn College here.

Information for ticketholders

A ticket will be included with your Congress registration pack. A drinks reception with canapes commences at 19:00 followed by a 3-course dinner with alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, and coffee.

Dress code: smart casual (no shorts, t-shirts, trainers, flip-flops).

Any last minute availability will be announced during the Congress.  

Selwyn College gardens & café-bar - for all delegates
Selwyn College Old Court

Selwyn College Old Court

Selwyn College has kindly given permission for all our delegates to enjoy their beautiful gardens and café-bar during our Congress. Please ensure your wear your lanyard and name badge at all times while on Selwyn College property.

The café-bar provides an off-site location for delegates to unwind, catch-up with emails or network with friends and colleagues. It is located in the corner of the old quad, and is open from midday until 11pm (see our location map). Hot food is served from midday until 9pm. It also serves snacks, coffee, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, drinks, and provides a contemporary space for delegates to relax, network or work, away from the Congress. Please note, the café-bar is open to the public.

Selwyn College is a short (5 minute) walk from the Congress venue, West Road Concert Hall, with an entrance to the College gardens adjacent to the venue. The gardens are beautiful all year round, particularly in the Autumn at the time of our congress. Delegates can use the gardens as a space to relax, think and catch up with friends and colleagues in a tranquil setting. 

Please note the cafe/bar will also be open to members of the public during this time. Although very unlikely, neither the College nor the Congress organisers can take responsibility for any lost or stolen items on College grounds or at any other Congress venue.

Informal ECR pre-congress meetup - 7 September

Chelsea bunsWeds 7 Sep, afternoon onwards

Emma Soneson, a member of our Local Organising Committee, an Early Career Researcher and Cambridge resident, has organised an informal pre-congress social for Early Career Researchers attending the Congress. 

Emma has planned a range of informal, inclusive and accessible events for Wednesday 7th September to give ECR delegates a chance to meet up with others before the official start of the Congress. 

Check your emails for full details on what we have planned and how to sign up, or contact us to find out more.  

Insider tips...

Street Scene, Cambridge, UKOur Local Organising Committee have put together a list of their favourite places in Cambridge. Ranging from beautiful Colleges, parks and museums through to off-the-beaten track pubs, coffee shops and restaurants, we hope you enjoy this guide as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. 

Our Insider Tips PDF


We will also have the following available throughout the congress, on site at West Road Concert Hall:

  • Breakout spaces to talk to colleagues, answer emails etc
  • Quiet/multi-faith prayer room
  • Parents room
  • Information desk providing information about things to do in Cambridge