The WPA co-sponsored IV. Macedonian Psychiatric Congress and International Meeting with a wide international participation was held on 27-31 May, in the UNECSO city of Ohrid, Macedonia. This congress reflected not only a national but also a strong regional approach, taking in consideration that nearly 700 participants were present from all Balkan and other European countries. WPA Member Society representatives and psychiatrists from all of the Balkan countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania) and from other European countries (Turkey, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary) and from USA enriched the scientific quality and underlined the importance of regional and international collaboration. More than 30 distinguished international speakers have made lectures, including the representatives of the WPA, as the WPA President Elect, Prof. Pedro Ruiz, WPA Secretary General, Prof. Levent Küey, WPA Northern Europe Zonal Representative, Dr. Henrik Wahlberg.
Probably rainy days have had influence on the fact that all sessions were quite well attended, but also good weather has supported social events, especially party at the beach. The beautiful location of the congress site, along with the magnificent view to the 3 million years old lake, and to the city with 365 churches (one per each day of the year!) and many historical monuments, have made the congress atmosphere very affirmative.
The congress had provided psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners with the most up-to-date, clinically relevant research, new diagnostic approaches and treatment options in mental health care. This four-day event encompassed over 20 educational sessions and up to 10 industry-supported symposia, and more than 350 presentations of scientific papers covering all fields of psychiatry.
It is said that, “what is good must be repeated”, so it was proposed by the WPA representatives and highly welcomed by the participants that Prof. Novotni Antoni, as the President of the Macedonian Psychiatric Association and accountable person for the success of this Congress, should accept responsibility for the organization of future WPA interzonal and regional scientific meetings in the following years.