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01/02/2018 15:25:16

Why present a poster?

Last year over 800 people presented a poster at International Congress in Edinburgh, over the course of 4 days. Our poster viewing area is one of the major attractions of Congress and offers the chance for you to present on a wide range of topics.


So... why present a poster at International Congress 2018?

Poster presentations offer a wonderful opportunity to circulate your work and engage with your peers on an academic level. Posters give you the opportunity to present on a wide range which is particularly useful if your research falls within a narrow field of specialisation. They are a highly visual medium and are a very effective means of communicating information to a wider audience.

Posters are a fantastic way to communicate your research, an impressive addition to your CV - see your name printed in the booklet and receive a certificate! Presenting your work also offers the possibility of scientific collaboration - good posters can improve your reputation.

There are numerous bursaries available to trainees, students and foundation doctors presenting posters. You can apply for a bursary on-line when you submit your poster abstract.


The Congress Team

04/01/2018 11:27:30

10 Things I Learned at IC17

Last June, 2,524 delegates (707 students and trainees) descended upon Edinburgh for RCPsych's International Congress 2017, to attend speeches, sessions and workshops discussing the most pressing issues and up to date research in psychiatry today.

Below are some lessons that have resonated with our pathfinders Eleanor Watkins and Thomas Dunne since the event:

  • Whoever said never meet your heroes was wrong

    After studying memory consolidation in my intercalated degree, the chance to hear Professor Richard Morriss speak was an amazing opportunity and one that didn't disappoint.

  • The importance of patient perspective

    I was awed by the strength and candour with which one patient presented his experience of PTSD and felt it really furthered my understanding of the condition.

  • The future of neuropsychiatry

    With the recent review of neuroscience within the training curriculum it was exciting to attend many sessions on this fascinating field.

  • Poster presentations are not to be missed

    Over the course of 4 days, hundreds of posters are on display on a wide variety of topics. Plenty of bursaries are also available for students and trainees who wish to present a poster.

  • Psychiatrists are great to talk to!

    The event was a great chance to chat with many psychiatrists, getting an understanding of what the job entails and the interesting developments that are on the cards for future practice.

  • The breadth of psychiatry is huge

    Talks at the conference transcended medical practice and varied from personal accounts of suicide, to psychiatry in the arts, to the role of psychiatrists in "Prevent".

  • Guidelines are consistently changing

    It was particularly interesting to hear changes to guidelines of defining and managing autism.

  • Research providing increasing evidence for genetic and autoimmune backgrounds for psychiatric conditions, e.g. psychotic illness, may lead to reshaping of facilities used for psychiatric consultations

    At present, some clinics may struggle to provide necessary investigations and treatments if this research leads to such change.

  • Exciting scientific discoveries are happening right now

    To learn about optogenetics, the use of light to control the action of genetically modified cells, was fascinating. Such research poses innumerable questions about the future of medical practice.

  • Psychiatrists are hugely welcoming and keen to have student input into the structure of training

    The conference provided daily talks from, and Q&As with psychiatrists involved in the training pathway. They were very keen to have student input into future training and recruitment for the speciality.

We have a brand new web layout and the full programme is now available online. Book your place (reduced rates for students and trainees), plan your social events and much more. We're hoping this year's Congress will be bigger and better than ever before!


The Congress Team

07/12/2017 16:30:57

We've had our first booking!

We’re delighted to announce we’ve had our first booking for International Congress 2018!

We welcome delegates from 40-50 countries each year and true to the spirit of this, our first booking has come from across the pond, from Stephanie Steinman in Wisconsin. We are very proud our Congress continues to attract people from every corner of the globe.

We’ve also received 3 poster submissions, before we even announced submissions were open – a good sign! One submission came from Taiwan and the two others from UK.  Last year we received over 900 submissions and hoping this number continues to grow. Poster displays at Congress are a fantastic opportunity for people of all different career statuses – from students to doctors to professors – to showcase their work and research to their peers.

We have a brand new web layout and the full programme is now available online. Book your place, plan your social events and much more. We're hoping this year's Congress will be bigger and better than ever before!


The Congress Team

20/11/2017 12:04:41

BIG NEWS. We have a programme overview!

We had the very tough task of whittling down 338 proposals to just 70. The committee were blown away by the exceptionally high standard this year and thank you again to all who submitted. We have an early draft of the programme overview and we’re feeling rather generous so here’s a sneak peek.


So… what’s on the programme?

As you can see, this year’s programme is one of the most varied, relevant and innovative yet, featuring a wide variety of interesting topics. We’re particularly excited about the eclectic mix of renowned keynote speakers including the President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, Jonny Benjamin, Simon Lovestone, Elias Eriksson, Hamish McAllister-Williams, Robin Murray, Elias Eriksson, Karl Friston, Ray Dolan, Altha Stewart, Mary Phillips and Emily Holmes. Read more about them.

Here are some of the programme highlights…..

  • “Brain drain and Brexit: What is happening with the mental health workforce in the UK?”
  • “New perspectives on the risk of postpartum psychosis”
  • “Westminster government review of the Mental Health Act”
  • “Ethnic minority inequalities in severe mental illness”
  • “Domestic Violence and Abuse – optimising the response by mental health services”
  • “Importance of inclusion and empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities”
  • “The rise of the cyberpsychiatrist”
  • “Overcoming the national mental health workforce crisis”
  • “Physical activity interventions in severe mental illness”
  • “Asylum seeker/Refugee mental health: Core skills for the practising psychiatrist”


Now what?

We are waiting to get speaker confirmations for each session and we’ll have a shiny full programme ready for you just in time for Christmas. Whether you’re a student, a consultant, retired, or just harbour an interest in mental health, keep up to date with the newest ideas and research in psychiatry at International Congress 2018.

Registrations will open in December. Until then, register your interest to receive updates.

Poster submissions will also be opening before Christmas.

Interested in exhibiting?


The Congress Team

20/11/2017 12:36:47

Let's get the ball rolling!

As summer fades away and autumn rolls in, it’s time at RCPsych HQ to start planning our favourite annual event -  International Congress 2018! We had an overwhelming response to our call for submissions this year – a staggering 338 people put forward a proposal for the programme. A huge increase on last year’s number of 182 and as ever we aim to constantly evolve and improve the Congress programme. We’ve considered your feedback, listened to your responses, took constructive criticisms on board and on the back of this have aimed to give you, the delegate, the type of Congress you want.

We are happy to say we are one step closer to finalising our programme for IC18! The committee met yesterday in London and spent the whole day going through the 338 submissions we received. They were blown away by the innovative ideas, impressed by the extremely high standard and wide variety and invariably had to make some difficult choices. We need to make some final tweaks, dot the i’s and cross the t’s and in the coming weeks we will have our finalised programme ready to show the world… watch this space! We are also in the process of securing our keynote speakers – we can promise you, you’re in for a treat.

2,531 delegates attended International Congress 2017 in Edinburgh and we want next year to be bigger and better than ever before! Join the mailing list now for International Congress 2018, 24-27 June, in the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham.

Thank you to all those who submitted an idea – we couldn’t run Congress without you.


The Congress Team

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Quotes from International Congress 2017 Delegates

"The International Congress in Edinburgh was an uplifting experience."

"First class Congress - very professional, showing the college in the best light. Not to be missed." 

"Overall superb, thank you, you made me proud to be a psychiatrist."

"Wonderful gathering with high quality of sessions and excellent opportunity of networking."

 "In one sentence, it is excellent."