Call for Symposia


Call for proposals of symposia to be held during the 2023 EAPM Conference on 15-17 June 2023 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Theme: Looking across the bridge. Dialogues between professionals.
Submission of a symposium is only possible via the online submission system at
Symposia submitted via e-mail or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Symposium proposal deadline: 31.01.2023
Decisions will be made by 28.02.2023.
Rules, regulations & guidelines (please read carefully before submitting your proposal)
  • Symposia should deal with research topics from the list provided.
  • Symposia should reflect cohesion among presentations, the relevance of presentations to the topic, and the expression of different views and focus on broader themes than a single oral presentation.
  • Symposia often benefit from a diversity of perspectives and institutional affiliations. Proposals from young investigators are encouraged.
  • Symposia that include multiple presentations from the same set of authors will receive lower priority for acceptance than symposia that include presentations from different research groups, however will still be considered.
  • The symposium organizer and/or speakers are not required to be EAPM members.
  • All speakers are required to register for the conference. Submitting a symposium proposal and/or speaking in a symposium does not limit you from submitting an individual abstract for an e-poster presentation at the EAPM conference.
  • The symposium leader must ensure that all speakers are committed to participating in the symposium before submitting a proposal.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee using a variety of criteria including scientific merit, theoretical or methodological innovativeness, compatibility with the regular program, and diversity of the speakers.
Symposium submission
  • The duration of a symposium is 75 minutes and should contain 4-6 individual talks (it is possible to change the number of the talks, please contact us if necessary to discuss further), and at the end of the symposium a general discussion of 10-15 minutes.
  • The Symposium leader (one person) should submit the overall symposium proposal: synopsis, names of individual presenting authors, and individual abstracts via the online submission system.
How to submit the symposium proposal?

Via the online submission system:

  • Access the corresponding submission form through the Conference website.
  • Fill out the application form.
  • Your symposium proposal will be reviewed by the Committee.
  • After the review, you will receive information about the Committee’s decision and your symposium number via email.
***Please note, that if your proposal is not accepted, you may be asked to consider it for an e-poster presentation.
Symposium proposals should include
  • Title/Topic: describe the topic of your presentation. What you are planning to do? How does the topic complement the conference theme?
  • Interest: why would this topic be of interest to conference attendees?
  • The symposium leader’s background: a short description of the submitting author’s background and experience in the topic (with up to three references to published articles relevant to the proposed talk). 
  • Takeaways: be explicit about what the audience will be able to take home from your presentation/symposium.
  • Abstracts: it is mandatory to upload an abstract of each individual presentation, including the complete formal names and affiliations of all participants ((co)chairs, co-authors). Please find below the format in which each abstract should be submitted.
Abstract format
  • The abstract should be submitted in English.
  • Format:
    Names and institutions of all authors
    Title: provide a short clear title reflecting the content of the abstract. Use generic names only, no commercial names.
    Abstract text: maximum 250 words excluding title, authors, and affiliations, including references.
  • The following items have to be covered in the abstract
    Aims: describe research background, the working definition and/or hypothesis.
    Methods: applied methods, including the number of patients.
    Results: please present a summary of the most important results based on sufficient quantitative and statistical data.
    Conclusion: please present a conclusion based on the results.
    Reference(s): if applicable.
    Please note: it’s not possible to include images/tables/figures in your abstract.
  • All abbreviations have to be written in full text and explained upon first use.
  • Presentation: The presentation of your abstracts is oral during the symposium.
  • Previous publication/presentation: you will be asked to indicate whether the abstract has been previously published and/or presented at a conference (this will not necessarily be used as grounds for acceptance/rejection).
Publication of abstracts in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (JPR)
All abstracts accepted for the conference will be published on the conference website. In addition, abstracts may meet the higher standard for publication in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. The decision/selection of abstracts to be published in the JPR is made based on the regulations of the JPR.
Reimbursements, registration fees & travel costs
Please note that there are no funds available to cover any costs, such as honorarium, registration, travel, and accommodation. When submitting the symposium proposal, you automatically state/agree that all presenters on the proposal register and attend the EAPM 2023 conference in case the symposium should be accepted.
Additional information
The scientific committee may add a presentation that has been submitted as an oral presentation and that fits the topic of the symposium. In such a case, the chair of the submitted symposium is contacted and informed by the scientific committee of the conference.
Research topics
  • Basic science
    1. Psychoneuroimmunology and endocrinology
    2. Psychopharmacology
    3. Diagnostics and neuroimaging
    4. Neurobiology/ genetics
    5. Illness perceptions, health anxiety and attachment
    6. Inflammation as a link between psychiatric and medical disorders
    7. Emotion regulation and affect
  • Social environment and psychosomatic disorders
    1. Transcultural psychosomatic medicine
    2. Immigration, physical and mental health
    3. Gender aspects and equity
    4. Violence and health
    5. Rehabilitation at home and in the workplace
    6. Psychosomatics in extreme environments and remote areas
  • Mental health problems in somatic settings and primary care
    1. Stress-related disorders and depression in medically ill patients
    2. Somatoform disorders and medically unexplained symptoms
    3. Sleep disorders
    4. Eating disorders, body image disturbances
    5. Deliberate self-harm / suicide
    6. Neuropsychiatry
    7. Delirium
    8. Morbid Obesity/Eating disorders
    9. Addictions in General Hospital
    10. COVID-related symptoms (mental health and psychosomatic)
  • Consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry
    1. C-L in primary care and the emergency room
    2. Organ transplantation
    3. Psychosomatics in cardiology
    4. Psycho-oncology
    5. Psycho-dermatology
    6. Psychocardiology, psychodiabetology
    7. Brain-gut axis and psychosomatics in gastroenterology
    8. Psychosomatics in the elderly population (Psycho-gerontology)
    9. Psychosocial aspects of palliative care
    10. Child & adolescent C-L Psychiatry
    11. Preventive and lifestyle medicine
    12. Non-invasive and invasive obesity interventions
    13. Psychosexual Medicine
    14. HIV / AIDS Psychiatry
    15. Chronic pain
    16. Hypermobility
    17. Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Interventions in C-L psychiatry and psychosomatic Medicine
    1. Integrated care models
    2. Psychotherapy in the medically ill
    3. Psychopharmacology in medically ill patients
    4. Stress management
  • Training in C-L psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine
    1. Communication skills training for healthcare professionals
    2. Under-and postgraduate training in psychosomatic medicine
    3. C-L psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine around the world
    4. Psychosomatic medicine in different countries
    5. Psychosomatic collaborations in Northern Europe
  • Special topics in C-L psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine
    1. New technologies and applications
    2. Legal and bioethics
    3. Health management

Important Dates

zone: GMT + 2
  • Abstract submission start
  • Abstract submission final end
  • Early Bird Registration
  • Young Investigator Award Application


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