Types of sessions

ECNP offers a variety of different sessions designed to appeal to a wide range of congress participants. Please find below an overview of the sessions that will be held at the 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual. The full programme can be accessed by clicking here.

Scientific sessions


Brainstorming Session (BS)The brain - 33rd ECNP Congress Virtual
Small focused interaction sessions organised by ECNP members on a topic of their choice. The organiser of the session and a second expert in that specific field of interest will initiate the discussion. A maximum of 30 participants can actively participate in the discussion, this will be on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. Other visitors can listen to the discussion. 

Campfire Session (CA)
Campfire sessions are experimental, informal and highly interactive. The facilitator of the session will introduce a topic in five minutes and then drive the discussion further among the participants. Each virtual session will have room for 30 participants, on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. It is also possible to observe the discussion without participating. 

Career Development Session (CD) 
These training sessions each feature a leading expert in the field. The expert is specifically invited to share with you his/her wealth of knowledge and experience. The topics are especially interesting for early career scientists, but sessions are open to all participants. Career development sessions are held daily. 

ECNP’s Got Talent (S)
ECNP entertains numerous activities for early stage researchers, such as schools and workshops. Here we see some of the brightest and most talented Early Career Scientists in applied neuroscience from all over Europe. For this new format, we have selected the most promising ones of this already prestigious group and challenged them to compete against their peers by giving a great presentation. Be prepared for high-performance presentations, excellent science – and a jury that is as entertaining as it is relentless.

Educational Update Session (EDU)
The educational update sessions focus on a continuous dialogue between the participants and the presenters. Different angles of a subject are discussed, and state-of-the-art summaries are provided, with emphasis on new information relevant for clinical practice. A voting system is used to make the sessions more interactive. Each session has two speakers and one moderator.

Keynote Lecture (KL)
The keynote lecture features a world-renowned speaker who is especially invited to present on a topic of interest that should appeal to all congress participants.

Love_your_brainLove your Brain Session (L)
The “Love your brain” campaign consist of a series of initiatives at the ECNP Congress, including three special sessions, that focus on the importance of prevention of brain disorders and promotion of mental health through a healthy and brain-friendly lifestyle.

New Medications Session (S)
In the New Medications session clinical trials of new compounds will be presented, including proof of concept and post-marketing studies. Selected speakers will get the opportunity to present their new medication during a 10-minute presentation. The session closes with 10 minutes of live Q&A.

New Findings Symposium (S)
One symposium with eight early career speakers. These promising early career scientists are selected from the best abstracts submitted for the ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe, which is usually held every year in March in Nice, France.

Nomenclature Session (NS)
A session specially dedicated to the classification of psychotropic drugs by means of the Neuroscience-based Nomenclature. The session is available on demand as of Saturday afternoon.

Plenary Lecture (PL)Plenary Lecture
The plenary lectures are presented by internationally eminent scientists. Six plenary lectures are scheduled, one of which will be held by the 2020 ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award winner.

(E-)poster Session (P)
Interactive posters called iPosters are available 24/7 in the poster area. Dedicated poster sessions are held daily to encourage the interaction between the participants and the poster presenters. Poster presenters can set up a live chat session or a live Poster Jam on their own time to increase the interactivity.

Regulatory Spotlight Session (S)
A special regulatory dialogue session with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Designed for open and active engagement amongst EMA stakeholders, the session promises to be an excellent opportunity for scientific and regulatory exchange.

Symposium (S)
In each symposium, four speakers present on a specific topic with fresh data. Each speaker gets 15 minutes to present. At the end of the symposium the session chair(s) will host a 10 minute live Q&A, where questions sent in by the participants will be posed to the speakers.

Top Paper Session (TP)
During six 30-minute top paper sessions speakers will discuss four papers published in the past 12 months, 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 clinical research.