March 2014
German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

DGPPN Congress:26-29 November 2014 Berlin

Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) is one of the annual highlights for scientists, doctors and therapists. Each year more than 10,000 participants meet at the end of November in Berlin, making the Congress Europe’s largest scientific meeting in the field of mental disorders. This year the DGPPN is emphasising a highly topical theme, “The challenge of demographic change”.

The ongoing social change in industrial countries is affecting the expectations and demands related to the diagnosis, treatment and care of mental illnesses. Although increasing life expectancy is associated with a gain in healthy life years, it is also accompanied by an increase in illnesses of older age, such as dementias, age-related depression, age-related psychoses and anxiety disorders. Many older people with mental illnesses have comorbid somatic diseases and live in difficult social conditions. Consequently, age-sensitive drugs, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatment procedures and lowthreshold, cross-sectoral care offerings need to be increasingly developed and expanded.

At the same time, middle-aged people are under increasing pressure because they carry the rising costs of the pension and health care systems. This constitutes an additional risk for inability to continue working or find employment because of mental illness must be countered through greater investments in prevention and early recognition and intervention. For the above reasons, “The challenge of demographic change” will be the thematic focus of the DGPPN Congress 2014.

Congress registration and submission of scientific contributions for the following three categories opens mid-February:
Thematic Symposia
Duration: 90 minutes (max. 4 speakers) 15 – 20 minute lectures, each with 5 minutes discussion
Abstract submission deadline: 4 April 2014
Oral Presentations
Duration: 10 minutes per presentation
Abstract submission deadline: 27 June 2014
Duration: 5 minutes per poster presentation, including discussion
Abstract submission deadline: 27 June 2014

Further information at (English version:

Congress Statistics
• 10,032 participants attended the DGPPN Congress 2013
• 710 scientific sessions
• 1,971 active participants, chair persons and poster authors
• 92 Workshops with 1,493 participants
• guests from 54 countries




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