Progressing Palliative Care

Christoph Ostgathe & Alberto Alonso Babarro
Christoph Ostgathe & Alberto Alonso Babarro

Dear Congress Participant,

The growing recognition of the importance of palliative care is reflected in the title chosen for the upcoming 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care - “Progressing Palliative Care”. On behalf of the EAPC and the organizing committees we would like to invite participants from all over the world to meet in the beautiful city of Madrid in 2017. Moreover, we are very delighted to announce that the HRH Queen Letizia of Spain will be the President of Honor for the EAPC-conference 2017.

The congress will provide the opportunity for delegates to discuss advances in the field of palliative care, to debate how access to palliative care is developing globally, to assess the integration of palliative care across healthcare systems and ultimately to affirm, change and develop our multi-professional practice.

Palliative care across Europe – since 1988

Palliative care all over Europe – since 1988

From the first EAPC congress in Paris in 1988 to the latest in Copenhagen in 2015 the EAPC World Congresses have developed and evolved and continue to provide a platform for the voice of those working in palliative care.  The EAPC was established in 1988 and strives to develop and promote palliative care throughout Europe through information, education and research using multi-professional collaboration.

A growing number of delegates representing a range of disciplines from many countries in Europe and from further afield attend the EAPC World congress. This makes it the ideal forum for the exchange of new information, the discussion of new research results, and the provision of up-to-date education and training. Importantly attending the EAPC world Congress also provides a unique opportunity to network and meet with colleagues, clinicians, caregivers, researchers and educators in palliative care from across the globe to exchange knowledge and to share experiences.

Madrid - a fusion of traditional and contemporary Spain

Contemporary vs. traditional – discover Madrid

We would like to invite you to join us in Madrid. The setting for the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain. Madrid is an open and thriving metropolis that has embraced contemporary life whilst maintaining Spanish tradition and with a population of over 6 million, it is the third largest capital in Europe.

Madrid is a welcoming city that embraces residents and visitors from many other cities and countries and is famous for its climate, food and culture. Madrid boasts many world-class attractions and is the only capital city in the world that has six World Heritage Cities only one hour by car from the city centre. Madrid is honored and proud to host this event and looks forward to providing a warm welcome to all.

World-leading speakers, clinical experts, a wide range of abstracts – a varied programme is waiting for you!

World-leading speakers, clinical experts, a wide range of abstracts – a varied programme is waiting for you!

The scientific committee for the congress in 2017 aims to provide a rich and varied programme with a mix of world-leading palliative cares plenary speakers, early career researchers, clinical and academic experts, and a range of presentations and posters from submitted abstracts.

We would like to invite you to be a part of this event and look forward to seeing you in Madrid.

Con el fin de facilitar la comprensión de los contenidos del Congreso a todos los delegados procedentes de España y otros países Latinoamericanos, y de forma extraordinaria, el 15º Congreso Mundial de la Asociación Europea de Cuidados Paliativos (EAPC) contará con un servicio de traducción simultánea al español disponible para todas las Conferencias Plenarias y para las sesiones paralelas que tengan lugar en el Salón de Plenarias. 


  • Christoph Ostgathe
    Chair of the Scientific Committee
  • Alberto Alonso Babarro
    Chair of the Local Organising Committee
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