Format Descriptions

Format Descriptions

Since 2018, the community of researchers and clinicians interested in Personality Disorders in Europe has not met in person. We perceive the need to come together and we are truly excited to host a scientifically and humanly outstanding and memorable congress in Antwerp, with many new occasions to network and pursue excellence that – so we believe – will strengthen our field as a whole. We are also aware that times have changed and some participants may want to join virtually, for a variety of reasons. In addition, the ESSPD as Academy of Excellence in the field of personality disorders wishes to assume a key role in dissemination of first-hand expert knowledge. For these reasons, we offer a partial hybrid solution, in which all speakers must come in person to Antwerp to deliver their presentation, and in which we propose selected streamed sessions live across the globe for participants working in all corners of the world.

Research symposia should include four to five presentations focused on a common theme or various aspects of a large-scale research project. Presentations should come from at least two different institutions. The symposia will last 90 minutes, with a minimum of 15 minutes for open discussion with the audience. Each symposium should have a chair (normally the organizer of the panel or another relevant person). The ESSPD recommends to include the perspective of persons with lived experience in the symposia. We are aware that there may be challenges for some of these individuals to participate in the ESSPD conference and we are working to address some of these challenges. For questions or specific support in this, contact us at

The panel submission portal is set up for one person (in most cases the chair) to submit the panel abstract AND each paper abstract together. Thus, before submitting, this person should collect all abstracts from the panel speakers and then proceed with the provided link. Overall and individual paper abstracts have a maximum of 300 words.

Individual papers are suited for presentations of completed research, or projects that have not been submitted as part of an organized thematic research symposium. They will be a maximum of 15 minutes, and the Scientific Committee will organize papers of similar topics to be presented during the same time slot. The Scientific Committee will assign a chair to each Paper session. Abstracts have a maximum of 300 words.

Poster presentations are appropriate for a range of research reports, including completed studies, pilot data, and work-in-progress. Posters offer the unique opportunity for the audience to see detailed graphic output. There will be guided poster tours with a designated moderator. The poster may be in paper or cloth, to be fixed on a surface (posterboard). The speaker should also bring print-outs of the poster in format A4. Abstracts have a maximum of 300 words. Of note, the best three posters will be awarded at the Award Session at the 2024 ESSPD congress.

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