Call for Papers


Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Scientific and the Organising Committees, and in conjunction with the adult and group section of the EFPP, we officially invite you to participate and contribute actively at the upcoming EFPP Conference in Belgrade, Serbia.
The conference will take place from 10th -13th of May, 2018, with the main theme
Please consider the following topics below as part of the overall conference theme and present your submissions accordingly.


We particularly encourage submissions in association with the following topics:

  • - Mentalizing social trauma – borders and challenges
  • - Trauma and its sequelae and/or consequences
  • - The relationships of individual and social traumata
  • - Trauma-related disorders and their psychodynamic treatment-concepts
  • - The social unconscious and the coercion of repetition
  • - The social in the individual and the individual in the social
  • - Antisocial personalities and antisocial organisations
  • - Epistemic trust and mistrust in individuals and organisations
In addition, we welcome submissions focused on (but not limited to) psychoanalytic and related sciences about destructive and reparative processes and their overflow from social to individual sphere, and vice versa.

Finally, we look forward and welcome proposals from all four sections of the EFPP relating to the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy research, practice and training. While the adult individual and group section are the conference organisers, we want to encourage contributions from the couple and family as well as the child and adolescent section of the EFPP


Depending on the nature of the study or research, you may submit your proposal as one of the following types:


The authors conduct a 30-minute oral presentation (which may be supported by audio-visual effects), followed by a 20-minute response of a discussant, who might be nominated by the presenting author or the Scientific Committee. The session is closed with a 10-minute summary by the chair of the subplenary, after which a 30-minute open discussion with the audience is encouraged.

Paper presentation

The authors prepare a 20-minute paper presentation on the topic of their choosing. The Scientific committee will then choose three different authors and their respective contributions to a similar topic and form a 60-minute session where all three authors will present their work. A 30-minute discussion between the authors and the audience will follow, coordinated by the session chair.


With the idea of combining both theoretical and experiential work, the authors are at liberty to choose the method of work and conduct a 90-minute session (discussion, exercise etc.) related to any of the conference themes. Workshops should encourage an open discussion on a particular topic and sharing of different thoughts and experiences.

Poster presentation

Poster presentations are especially welcome to the conference, as they are a great opportunity to share case studies or any aspects of ongoing or completed research.

Pre-conference workshop

More experienced professionals are invited to create a pre-conference workshop that will offer training in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its different areas, but within the conference theme.

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract should contain between 1.500-1.700 characters (approximately 200 words). The author should also select up to six keywords that describe the content of the abstract.

For paper presentations, subplenaries, workshops, and pre-conference workshops, the abstract should contain an overview of the session.
For poster presentations, the structure of the abstract can (but not necessarily) be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.
For pre-conference workshops, the abstract must include the structure, content, and the desired number of participants, as well as its duration.


In the case of acceptance, the main author of the proposal must attend the conference and present it in person. If the authors are unable to attend for some reason, they are obliged to inform the Organising Committee or the Conference secretariat in a timely manner.

All abstracts must be submitted in English language, written using English UK spelling. The abstracts can only be submitted through the online submission platform on the conference website. Abstracts that are sent by e-mail to the conference organisers will not be subjected to peer review.

The content of the abstract must be original and should not be published or scheduled to be published prior to the EFPP conference in Belgrade. By submitting the proposal to the Scientific Committee for the upcoming conference, the authors are agreeing to give their full publishing rights and copyright to the EFPP.

Important notice:

The Scientific Committee may change the type of author’s proposal (for example, from subplenary to paper presentation), depending on the number of submissions and the conference programme.

Dates to remember

The online abstract submission platform is open from 1st April 2017, and candidates may submit their work until 1st October 2017. For pre-conference workshops, the deadline for abstract submission is 1st August 2017. If the abstract is accepted for presentation, the authors will receive a notification of acceptance before the end of early bird registration.

Additional information

All accepted abstracts will be included in the "book of abstracts" that will be provided to all participants of the conference.

The Scientific Committee wants to announce that the best paper submitted by a Trainee will be rewarded by the EFPP by publishing it in the EFPP E-journal and in the EFPP book series.