Congress Structure

The Congress will start early in the morning with courses, workshops and Individual Paper presentations. These will be followed by two Major Panels that will focus on a keynote speaker’s paper on one of the Congress themes. This presentation will be followed by two discussion papers and a reply by the presenter. Post-panel discussion groups will be offered for further dialogue and reflection. The already formed Boston Groups will also have an opportunity for face-to-face meetings at the same time. The initial two afternoon slots will include Meet the Author/Analyst sessions, Thematic Panels, Clinical Exercises, Small Discussion Groups on Special Topics, and Empirical Research Presentations. The third Congress slot will be devoted to Film Presentations/Discussions and Individual Paper presentations. All activities will incorporate time for questions and discussion with the audience. Special slots will be allocated to Posters Presentations/Discussions. The Lunch Time slot will be free of scientific activities to provide a "campus" atmosphere where participants can meet, eat, and take part in special activities to be scheduled.   

Our main objective is to have a Congress where you have an opportunity to work in depth on contemporary issues, to discuss with colleagues the challenges we face in our clinical practice, and to determine which answers fit best with psychoanalytic theory.

Congress activities will include Major Panels, Meet the Analyst/Author sessions, Panels, Clinical Exercises, Small Discussion Groups, Individual Papers, Courses and Workshops, Posters, and Films. Proposals are invited for some of these categories, others will be arranged by the Programme Committee.

The Congress takes place alongside the 23rd International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization (IPSO) conference with panels, lectures, and activities organized specifically by IPSO. Further details about the IPSO programme will be made available in the registration materials during 2015 and will be available on IPSO’s website: (