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November 2011
The 15th World Congress of Psychiatry: the most attended meeting in the history of WPA

The 15th World Congress of Psychiatry, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18 to 22 September 2011 has been the most attended meeting in the history of the WPA and the most attended psychiatric meeting ever held outside North America, with 14,013 participants.

The theme of the Congress was "World Psychiatry 2011: Our Heritage and Our Future". The aim was to provide an overview of those achievements which have stood the test of time and of the most promising trends in the various areas of psychiatry.

The scientific programme, whose quality was unanimously appreciated, consisted of 24 Keynote Lectures, 15 Core Symposia, 94 Regular Symposia, 17 Workshops, 58 WPA Section Symposia or Workshops, 14 WPA Zonal Symposia or Workshops, 28 Oral Communication Sessions, 5 Poster Sessions, and 92 Sessions in the Spanish/Portuguese Track.

In the Opening Session of the Congress, Prof. Mario Maj reported on the implementation of the WPA Action Plan 2008-2011 and introduced the lecture of the recipient of the Jean Delay Prize 2011, Prof. Kenneth Kendler.

All the sessions were very well attended. Many speakers expressed their surprise and appreciation about the interest raised even by symposia dealing with sophisticated research topics and the lively discussion following almost every presentation.

The scientific programme run smoothly, in spite of the attendance well above the expectations, thanks to the work of the Argentinean Psychiatric Societies and MCI Buenos Aires, in charge of the local organization.

Of the many messages received after the Congress, mostly emphasizing the scientific quality of the sessions and the comprehensive coverage of the various areas of psychiatry and the various regions of the world, of special significance is the one sent by the members of the WPA Early Career Psychiatrists Council, who had in Buenos Aires their first personal meeting. Two sentences from that message are reproduced below.

The Buenos Aires Congress has been very inspiring for all of us, as it has been the most memorable scientific event we have ever participated in. It was quite difficult to choose among the different sessions given the huge variety of scientific information that was on offer!

We will never be able to thank you enough for your contribution to our professional growth.


> From the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
From the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
 
 > Participants at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
 Participants at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
 
> The Tango Show at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
The Tango Show at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
 
> From the Closing Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011
From the Closing Ceremony of the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry 2011


> A comment by Sue Bailey (The Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK)

> A comment by John M. Oldham (The Menninger Clinic, USA)

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