Case study: World Congress of Psychiatry

The World Psychiatric Association in Lisbon aimed to examine and discuss crucial issues in psychiatry and mental health.

Objectives

The objective of the World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP) was to examine and discuss crucial issues in psychiatry and mental health. The event organisers at Kenes Group said this objective was achieved by:

  • The dissemination of the newest psychiatric research in an effective and long-lasting way, along with groundbreaking developments in the field 
  • Facilitating the discussion of early-stage psychiatric findings and helping delegates make new professional connections from around the globe 
  • Providing a platform for delegates to promote their conference posters and presentations and achieve recognition from their peers

Solution

Attendees shared their latest research findings, listened to keynote lectures from experts in all fields, and discovered the newest technological developments in psychiatric care and treatment.

The conference also had networking activities between delegates from around the globe, helping researchers establish new connections and discover potential research collaborations.

eposter presentations were a hit

The main challenge was making sure that delegates attended the poster sessions. These were ?short sessions where presenters were each allocated three minutes to present their 'eposter' presentations, plus two minutes for discussion at the ePoster screens.

Kenes Group said this was successfully managed to promote and present the opportunities of the ePosters, meaning all sessions were well attended with interaction with the poster authors.

Verdict

“Our collaboration with Morressier was very natural: we worked together as one, ensuring smooth communication with the ePoster presenters to ensure their material was uploaded prior to the congress,” said lana Eliav, senior scientific program coordinator at Kenes Group

"Allowing views before the event was really important, with many participants using the opportunity and coming onsite with prepared questions for the eposter presentation sessions.

"The ePosters allowed for more research to be shared at this prestigious event and we wouldn’t have been as successful without the outstanding support of Morressier’s team.”



Professor Helen Hermann, WPA president added: “A key goal of our world congress is to promote collaboration and facilitate the sharing of global research in psychiatry – and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to do that."

Professor Helen Hermann said working with Kenes and Morressier as well as using ePosters at the 2019 congress helped reach that goal in three ways. 

“…it allowed us to help presenters broaden their audience beyond those who attended their poster presentation (thus making the proposition of presenting a poster more attractive than it has been in the past); it enabled wider sharing and discussion of the research presented, and it allowed us to accept more submissions from a more diverse group than ever before.

"In addition, the data we later received on trends and performance has provided invaluable insights as we build the agenda for our next meeting in 2020.”

Fact file

When: 21-24 August 

Where: Lisbon,  Portugal 

What: Kenes Group and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 

How many: 3,944 

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