Scientific Programme

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, will support learning, networking and professional interchanges.

The programme offers the following sessions:

Late Breaking Abstracts: COVID-19 and the Palliative Care Response

(call closed 31st July)

10 Plenary lectures

  • Vittorio Ventafridda Award lecture
  • 3 Early Researcher awarded lectures
  • Cicely Saunders Award lecture
  • 5 plenary lectures have been selected from best submitted abstracts

6 Invited Themed sessions

  1. Palliative Care outcomes
  2. Effective components of palliative care interventions
  3. Health service quality & performance and costs
  4. Integration of Specialist Palliative Care: organisational models of collaboration for optimal research
  5. Palliative Care in intensive care units
  6. Opioid ‘challenges’

Children’s Palliative Care Seminar

An entire online area is dedicated to research in paediatric palliative care with a theme of Putting Research into Practice. Read more here

Free Communication Sessions

oral presentations from selected submitted abstracts will be available as on demand content.

Poster discussion sessions

Experts will chair discussions of selected posters.

Poster presentations

ePosters will be available on the congress platform at all times for participants during the Congress and in an online archive following the Congress. Attendees will be able to easily find and browse posters and download them in PDF format.

EAPC 2020 is the global meeting place for physicians, researchers, scientists in the field of Palliative Care. Because of the diverse, clinically focused educational offering, participants are able to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of international clinicians of all levels of experience.

Learn more about the Scientific Committee here

CME Credits

This congress has been accredited for the purposes of CME and CPD. A certificate of attendance will be sent to all registrants.


In accordance with CME accreditation criteria and standards for commercial support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor, those in control of the educational content must disclose potential or actual conflicts of interest. Disclosure information is evaluated and conflicts of interest resolved. Disclosure is made to participants prior to the activity. Participants will be asked on the evaluation to assess the objectivity and independence of the event.


This event is supported, in part, by funding from industry. All support is managed in strict accordance with CME accreditation criteria and standards for commercial support. Appropriate acknowledgement of all supporting organisations is made in the programme guide, on the event website, and with signage during the event.