POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 DUE TO  COVID-19   –   20th Congress   –   Cambridge

Punts on the RiverIn addition to a fabulous & stimulating scientific programme on the theme Towards a perfect vision for public mental health, 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!

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All delegates are invited to attend our opening reception and welcome drinks on the first evening of the congress in the unique and historic setting of St John’s College, Cambridge. St John’s is Cambridge’s largest college and one of its most historic and picturesque, nestled on the banks of the River Cam in the heart of the city centre. It has extensive grounds over the River Cam and beautiful “Backs” of Cambridge. 

Tickets for this event are included as part of your registration fee and will include drinks and canapes. You can book your free ticket at registration.

Punting on the riverWe are pleased to offer delegates the special chance to travel to the Welcome Reception from the Congress 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 by a professional “punter” down the river to our Welcome Reception at St John’s 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. 

We have a limited number of tickets available for purchase for these punt tours at £15 each. Book yours at the time of registration

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!

Selwyn College Formal hall

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 TBC.

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 £TBC per person. You can book your tickets at the time of registration.

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.

We are delighted to have secured access to Selwyn College gardens and cafe/bar for all Congress delegates throughout the duration of our congress. We are grateful to Selwyn College for offering us this opportunity. 

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. 

We also have permission to use Selwyn’s newly-refurbished high quality cafe/bar throughout the congress. The cafe/bar provides a space serving coffees, teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and small snacks all day long. The space is a warm, convivial space to meet with friends and colleagues or providing a cafe setting in which to catch up with emails or work.

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. 


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
  • Expression room
  • Information desk providing information about things to do in Cambridge

Postponement due to Covid-19

With deep regret, we have decided to postpone the 20th Congress of the EPA Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry until 2022. We have taken this decision in the best interests of the health & safety of our delegates, speakers, staff, and the wider community during the current Covid-19 global pandemic.  We plan to reorganise our congress for a time in 2022, in Cambridge, when public health responses to mental health needs in the wake of Covid-19 are likely to be more important than ever.