#EPAPsyEpi2020   –   20th Congress   –   Cambridge, 10-12 September 2020 

Towards a perfect vision for public mental health

Balancing rocksWe are delighted to welcome you to our 20th biennial Congress of the European Psychiatric Association Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry. Our congress will be held in the historic and beautiful university city of Cambridge in the East of England.

Our 20th biennial congress will be a very special celebration of the contribution that psychiatric epidemiology and social psychiatry have made to understanding and improving public mental health over the past 40 years. It provides us with an opportunity to 

  • look back at the progress made by our discipline in contributing to population mental health; 
  • look across to the current research being conducted in our field throughout Europe and beyond, and;
  • look forward to addressing the challenges and issues that continue to cause inequalities in the distribution, determinants and outcome of mental health problems throughout the world.

You can find out more about what to expect from #EPAPsyEpi2020 by reading on below 

The official theme of this year’s congress isTowards a perfect vision for public mental health. In this very special congress, we invite our speakers and delegates to engage with this theme, thinking about what their perfect vision for public mental health would look like, and how psychiatric epidemiology and social psychiatry should respond to meet that challenge.

Each person’s vision may be unique, but through the similarities that bind our disciplines together, we hope that the conversations, discussions and research showcased at our 20th congress will allow us identify those priority areas to improve public mental health over the next decade.

Beyond our main theme, we welcome abstract submissions from all areas of psychiatric epidemiology, social psychiatry and public mental health. For full details, please see our abstract submission page.

We are honoured to confirm participation from several internationally-renowned researchers working in the fields of epidemiology, social psychiatry and public mental health across Europe and beyond.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Prof. Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Ann John

Prof. Ann John

Professor Peter Jones

Prof. Peter B. Jones

Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys

Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys

Professor Ian Colman

Prof. Ian Colman

Full details of our keynote speakers can be found here. Their outstanding contributions cover a range of topics, including social inequalities in mental health, suicide prevention, adverse childhood experiences, the epidemiology of common mental disorders and severe mental disorders and cutting-edge use of big data and experienced sampling methods to improve population mental health.

World Suicide Prevention Day logoThe opening day of our congress, 10th September 2020, coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day. To mark this occasion, the first day of the congress will give special focus to the latest research and issues in reducing rates of suicide worldwide. We have various activities planned to engage in this conversation, including a keynote address by Professor Ann John (University of Swansea) and a Mental Health Question Time panel discussion on suicide prevention. More details will be announced in due course.

Students around a table on laptopsAt #EPAPsyEpi2020 we will showcase outstanding research conducted by Early Career Researchers [ECR] in our fields to help ECRs move towards academic independence. We will do so in innovative ways, holding ECR Masterclass training sessions in a satellite meeting the day before the Congress (9th September), showcasing ECR-led research through ECR Keynote sessions and providing rapid-fire oral presentations as an alternative to poster presentations for ECR. For students, we have kept fees as low as possible to enable you to attend the congress at an early career stage. We will also arrange ECR social activities to support peer networking during the congress.  We will run 2 competitions, with prizes awarded for the best rapid-fire oral and poster presentations at #EPAPsyEpi2020.

People looking at a laptopWe are pleased to open our congress to people with lived experience of mental health problems who are interested in understanding more about population-based research in mental health. Psychiatric epidemiology and social psychiatry are fundamentally rooted in improving public mental health, and to do so, it is essential that our science is informed by the needs, ideas and views of people in the wider community.

At this year’s congress, we encourage submission of relevant research to the theme of the congress from people with lived experience. We have secured a number of bursaries to allow people with lived experience to attend and participate in the congress. We also have a diverse range of people with different backgrounds and experiences on our Local Organising Committee and Scientific Advisory Board. This ensures we cover the most important public mental health issues that matter to our delegates.

Punting on the River CamWe hope that the historic academic city of Cambridge will provide delegates with a relaxing, inspiring and picturesque environment to come together during our Congress.

We’ve arranged a number of social activities, ranging from our welcome reception to punt tours to break-out spaces in our state-of-the-art conference venue, ensuring delegates have the space and services they need to make the most of their time in Cambridge. 

You can find out more about Cambridge, our social activities and the congress venue on our other pages.

For the 2020 congress we have partnered with The Mental Elf, part of the NationalElfService to cover the activities of the congress, ensuring our work is taken #beyondtheroom. The Mental Elf will live stream our Mental Health Question Time on Suicide Prevention and live tweet and blog the highlights of the conference throughout the event. You can follow @mental_elf and our official congress account @EPAPsyEpi on Twitter. Our official Twitter hashtag is #EPAPsyEpi2020.