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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

A welcome note from the Co-chairs

With a projected attendance of  over 2,000 delegates from more than 50 different countries, The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists is one of the biggest events in the annual mental health conference calendar.

The congress will have over 100 hours of academic programme including keynote lectures from:

  • Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Professor John O’Keefe, Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine 2014
  • Professor Renee Binder, President of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Professor Diana Rose, Co-director of Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)

  • Dr Maggie Atkinson, The Children's Commissioner for England
  • Professor Helen Mayberg, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA
  • Dr Tom Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia 
  • Professor Dame Linda Partridge, Director of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and  founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
  • Mr Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, National Health Service
  • Mr David Aaronovitch, journalist, broadcaster and author 
  • Professor Sir Michael Owen, Director of the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences 

Other presenters over the 3 ½ days of the conference will include academics, physicians, psychiatrists, patients, service users, family members, carers, psychologists, social scientists, policy makers and journalists within a programme that will include plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising.


It promises to be a veritable treat of lectures, workshops, symposia and discussions on the pressing mental health issues of our time - an ideal conference if you want to network, listen, learn, challenge and be challenged by the latest developments in the field. 

Please follow the links above to view the Programme Overview and the variety of affordable funding options and rates.

We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham. See you there.

Yours sincerely

Dr Regi T Alexander & Professor Nick Craddock, Co chairs International Congress 2015

This Congress is eligible for a total of 21 CPD / CME points


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IC2014 Delegate Feedback

"This congress has become the best major international meeting in the world calendar"

"Congress gets better and better"

"I found this conference to be totally inspiring"

"Really interesting and varied pieces of research given with confidence and flair"

"The content is high, very little of it is boring and there is variety without it becoming unwieldy"

"Very, very useful"

"Brilliant, innovative and honest. Superb."

"Very stimulating cutting edge research"

"Absolutely inspirational, fabulous speaker, will change my practice"





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For further information contact Laurence Johnson
T: 020 3701 2618