The scientific programme will regularly be updated online. A combination of plenary lectures, expert and themed sessions, congress symposia, satellite symposia, interactive poster presentations, an active social programme, and hospitable surroundings will support learning, networking and professional interchanges.

The programme offers the following sessions:

10 Plenary lectures

  • Vittorio Ventafridda Award session
  • 3 Early Researcher awarded lectures
  • 5 more plenary lectures will be selected from best submitted abstracts

6 Invited Themed sessions

  1. Palliative Care outcomes
  2. Effective components of palliative care interventions
  3. Quality & performance of hospice services/ costs
  4. Integration of Specialist Palliative Care: organisational models of collaboration for optimal research
  5. Palliative Care in ICU
  6. Opioid ‘challenges’

Children’s Palliative Care Seminar

An entire day (Friday 15th May) will be dedicated to research in paediatric palliative care with a theme of Putting Research into Practice. We plan to focus on four areas in paediatric palliative care research of immediate concern to clinicians: Advance Care Planning; Communication; Interventions in Pain and Symptom Management; Psychosocial Interventions. Read more here

Free Communication Sessions

126 oral presentations from selected submitted abstracts will shape 21 free communication sessions.

Abstract Submission is now closed (click to access online abstract submission portal)

Poster discussion sessions

Experts will chair discussions of selected posters.

Satellite symposia

The programme includes company sponsored satellite symposia.

Poster presentations

Dedicated time will be allocated for interactive poster visits.