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Invitation to Attend

Submit Your Abstracts!

We are now accepting abstracts for symposia, free oral papers and posters. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the scientific program of the 16th Congress of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (IFPE) to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 17-20 October 2017.

The deadline for submissions is 9.00am 31 March 2017

The congress theme - Priorities in Global Mental Health: Taking Psychiatric Epidemiology to Scale - will consider major international challenges to mental health, such as conflict and displacement, economic uncertainty and rapid social change and highlight innovation in mental health research.

The congress will continue to support all aspects of mental health epidemiology including clinical epidemiology, health service use, mental health promotion and prevention, pharmaco-epidemiology and epigenetics.

More information on submissions of symposium, oral presentations or poster presentations can be found here.

Important Update: change of Congress venue

We are excited to announce that we have been able to secure the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as the venue for the 2017 IFPE Congress. The MCG is one of the world's great sporting arenas, and often described as the beating heart of sport-obsessed Australia.

It has hosted Olympic Games, international cricket, international football (soccer), and Australian rules football. Less well know, however, are the extraordinary array of first class function spaces located within the stadium: exceptional facilities, superb catering and outstanding views.

The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre, and readily accessible by public transport. We trust that holding the IFPE in the inner sanctum of this historic venue will provide a uniquely Melbourne experience during your time at the Congress.

About the IFPE

The IFPE promotes the acquisition, dissemination and application of epidemiological knowledge in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. The IFPE Congress brings together the diverse disciplines and geographies that contribute to global population mental health research. The program will include invited plenary speakers, accepted symposia, individual papers, and poster presentations. Pre-congress workshops will provide opportunities for detailed discussion of specialised themes, and training in research methods. There will be career development and networking opportunities for early career researchers. The program will be of interest to researchers, clinicians and policy makers.

The Host City

Melbourne will provide a vibrant and exciting setting for the 16th IFPE congress. The city balances graceful old buildings with stunning new architecture, and is surrounded by parks and gardens. It is a safe and secure city well serviced by accessible public transport and high quality conference infrastructure. Melbourne has a diverse and dynamic art, theatre and cultural scene and is renowned for its cafés and fine dining. It has been the world's most liveable city for five consecutive years.

The congress venue in the city centre provides easy access to Melbourne’s attractions and a starting point for further exploration of the region after the congress. While you are here, make time to visit the natural wonders of Australia. October is an ideal time of the year to visit The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru or Kakadu National Park. Or stay in the Melbourne area and travel the Great Ocean Road and visit the Twelve Apostles or the tour the wineries in the region.

All year-round, there are a range of exciting events, concerts and exhibitions in the Melbourne region that will help make your visit all the more memorable. The Melbourne Festival, held during October, is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals, while the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is one of Australia's preeminent regional music events.
Melbourne is arguably the sporting capital of the Asia-Pacific region and national and international sporting highlights during October will include the Spring Racing Carnival and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

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We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in 2017.

Professor Wulf Rössler, President, IFPE
Professor Peter Butterworth, Chair, Local Organising Committee

Professor Wulf Rössler
President, IFPE
Professor Wulf Rössler
President, IFPE
Professor Peter Butterworth
Chair, Congress Organising Committee
Professor Peter Butterworth
Chair, Congress Organising Committee

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Registration Fees Released

Registration Fees for the congress have been released and can be viewed on the register page. Registrations will open Mid April 2017

Abstract Submissions Open

We are now accepting abstracts for symposia, oral papers and posters. Submissions close 31 March 2017!

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Key Dates

Closing Date for Abstract Submissions 31 March 2017
Offer of Acceptance for Abstracts Early April 2017
Online Registrations Open 24 April 2017
Draft Program Released Mid May 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes 17 July 2017
Full Registration Opens 18 July 2017
Full Registration Closes 22 September 2017
Late Registration Opens 23 September 2017
Late Registration Closes 6 October 2017
Congress 17-20 October 2017


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Scientific Program Committee

International Advisory Group

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