European Association for Palliative Care

European Association for Palliative Care - One Voice, One Vision in Palliattive Care

The EAPC provides a forum for all of those either working, or with an interest in palliative care throughout Europe and beyond. Members are engaged in palliative care across the lifespan from a range of perspectives: specialist and generalist clinical practice, education, professional groups, policy and research. 

The EAPC lobbies and advocates for the development of palliative care through its activities and through its work in developing the practice of palliative care. We aim to  speak with ‘one voice and one vision’ on matters that are important in palliative care.

EAPC Research Network (EAPC RN)

The EAPC Research Network (EAPC RN) was founded in 1996 by Franco de Conno and has been central in establishing pan-European multicentre studies. 

History of the EAPC Research Network (EAPC RN) Congresses

The EAPC World Research Congresses have been arranged every other year since 2000. Following the inaugural congress in Berlin, it has expanded in terms of delegates and submitted abstracts, and is now considered the most important meeting place for palliative care researchers. Cutting edge research from a variety of professions is presented and discussed at the congress, but just as important are the many informal meetings taking place outside the lecture halls.

The World Research Congress of the EAPC has expanded greatly in terms of registered delegates and submitted abstracts since its inaugural meeting in 2000.

The congress is a global forum for interdisciplinary research and professional interchange. A broad range of delegates attended previous congresses, including physicians, nurses, researchers, allied health and social care professionals. On average, 60% of delegates are physicians. More information about the previous Research Congresses of the EAPC can be found at

Christoph Ostgathe

Christoph Ostgathe


Alice Gallivanone

Alice Gallivanone

Research Network Administrator

Claudia Sutfeld

Claudia Sutfeld

Congress Coordinator

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