Plenary Sessions (P1 – P5)
The plenary sessions are the most prestigious sessions of the congress. These are exhaustive reviews of major subjects and state of the art techniques within the specialty, addressed to all participants. Speakers in plenary sessions are invited and are among the most renowned in their field of expertise.
Plenary sessions are scheduled at “prime time” in the programme, unopposed to other activities in order to achieve maximal attendance. Speaking time varies: 15 minutes for talks in PL2, 30 minutes in PL1 & PL3, and 45 minutes in PL4 & PL5.
Concurrent Symposia (S01 – S16)
The symposia are sessions in which invited speakers share new results on a given topic with other researchers. The aim is to reflect and compare data with other perhaps contradictory results and to discuss new hypotheses and concepts for further research with well established colleagues.
In every concurrent symposium three 30-minute lectures will be presented, that provide an update and understanding of new developments and innovations in a certain area.
Educational Sessions (E1 – E13)
The Scientific Committee of the ESHG determines topics for these 90 minutes sessions which will best serve the educational needs of the attendees. Particular care is taken to ensure that these sessions address basic issues and focus on the educational aspect. Those sessions are not intended for experts in the respective fields, but are designed to give a general basic introduction to a particular topic.
Concurrent Sessions (C01 – C23)
The most notable and exciting work from all abstracts submitted to the conference will be honoured with an oral presentation in these sessions. Presenters are expected to explain their work and answer questions from the audience. Speaking time for concurrent session is 15 minutes including time for discussion. One of the sessions (C03) is dedicated to the 20 best posters, which will receive a 2 minute short presentation in front of the audience, followed by a discussion at the Electronic Posters in front of the hall.
Poster Viewing with Authors (Groups A-D)
Posters are numerically the major scientific presentations of the meeting. Most attendees bring a poster showing data and progress with their personal research. Posters offer an excellent opportunity for people interested in a particular topic to meet and exchange ideas and network with other researchers. Posters should NOT be used to advertise a product or service. Like a paper, a poster abstract should detail the focus of the presentation and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in its field.
The four 1-hour slots marked “Poster Viewing with the Authors” should be used for communication and interaction with the poster authors, who are requested to be at their posters at these times. Posters will generally be on display during the whole conference for free poster viewing.
Posters bearing a rosette have received a high score during the peer review process and are considered the best posters submitted by young investigators. They are the candidates for the ESHG poster awards.
Workshops (W01 – W18)
Workshops are sessions in which the speakers are expected to share with the audience their personal experience in a field, either clinical or basic. These sessions are addressed to participants who wish to acquire practical knowledge on a specific subject, and therefore an interactive discussion during or at the end of the workshop is expected.
EMPAG Sessions (EPL)
Every other year, the ESHG holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics, that has a special programme focus on Genetic Counsellors and Nurses in Plenaries, Workshops and Educational Sessions, as well as joint ESHG-EMPAG Sessions. ESHG attendees are welcome to attend the EMPAG sessions and viceversa.
Corporate Satellites (CS)
There are a number of Company Satellites planned within the main conference programme. Sponsors are approved as reputable and relevant by the Scientific Programme Committee, but the detailed content of the presentations is proposed directly by the sponsors and under their responsibility. Neither the ESHG nor the organisers have endorsed the content in any way.