It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the 17th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB17), which will be held in Ghent, Belgium from 5-8 September 2018.
The scientific standard at the biennial European symposiums is now recognised as one of the best in the world, and over the years the European symposiums have become the most important international meeting in suicide and its prevention in Europe. During the symposium, researchers from all parts of Europe and from the rest of the world gather to present high-level scientific work, exchange knowledge and experience, and discuss implications for suicide prevention.
ESSSB17 aims at providing a high-quality, multidisciplinary scientific programme covering the most important aspects of suicidal behaviour and its prevention, and a dynamic platform for lively interactions and discussions. The focus of the scientific programme will be on state-of-the-art presentations as well as new insights from basic science and clinical research. Effects of therapeutic interventions and suicide prevention activities at various levels will be addressed particularly. There will be ample opportunities for young researchers to get involved and share their findings in an interactive scientific environment.
The vibrant city of Ghent offers a unique mixture of history, culture, gastronomy, and nightlife. In this context we are determined to organise a most stimulating congress and to make the stay in Ghent memorable, keeping in mind that the most important aspect for any congress is that participants feel part of it, and that they have the opportunity to learn and to exchange knowledge and ideas with colleagues and friends from around the world.
We look forward to seeing you in Ghent.
Gwendolyn Portzky & Kees van Heeringen, Organising Committee