WPA and DGPPN can both look back on a long tradition of hosting congresses and are both committed to quality in research, care and education in the field of mental health. Other core tasks include the acceptance of mentally ill people and active promotion of the dialogue between psychiatrists, service users and their families.

WPA – The World Psychiatric Association
The WPA is an association of national psychiatric associations that aims to increase the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and for caring for the mentally ill. It currently has 138 member societies spanning 118 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.

Every three years the WPA organises the World Congress of Psychiatry. It also organises international and regional congresses and meetings and thematic conferences. The WPA has 72 scientific sections that disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry and it has produced several educational programmes and series of books. Furthermore, it has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration (1996).

More information is available here: www.wpanet.org

DGPPN – The German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
The DGPPN is a vibrant medical professional society. Founded in 1842 it currently has more than 8,900 members. It is thus the largest and oldest scientific association of doctors and scientists working in the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics in Germany.

The work of the DGPPN is based on the vision of a society in which people with mental illnesses can live free from prejudice and receive the personalised care and necessary help they need. The DGPPN believes that optimal, scientifically founded and individualised medical, psychological and social support should be available to everyone at all times and in all places.

More information is available here: www.dgppn.de

CPO HANSER SERVICE – Congress and Exhibition Office
CPO HANSER SERVICE has been appointed as the congress and exhibition office for the WPA XVII WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY.

CPO has been in business as a Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) since 1984 and has organised over 4,000 conferences and events with up to 14,000 participants. CPO is a specialist in the field of congress and event management in Europe and worldwide.

More information is available here: www.cpo-hanser.com

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