The program committee assessed the abstracts for the Dublin 2023 congress

The Program Committee of the 18th World Congress met at Tampere University and Wellbeing area of Pirkanmaa facilities in Tampere, Finland. (Photo by WAIMH/Minna Sorsa)

WAIMH has received over 1400 submitted abstracts to the 18th World congress in Dublin in July 2023. These included 848 Scientific Abstracts and 563 Clinical Abstracts. 

The Program Committee met this week in Tampere, Finland and assessed the peer-reviewed abstracts. There were 86 peer reviewers in 16 review panels, whose work is highly appreciated! All abstracts were reviewed blindly by at least two persons, and the scoring was completed by the Program Committee which took place 13-15th January, 2023.  

In total the presentation abstracts were from the following categories: 

Brief Oral Presentations = 419  

Poster Presentations = 297 

Poster Workshop = 18 

Symposia = 497 (individual and overall) 

Video Presentations = 16 

Workshops = 176 

The 18th WAIMH congress in Dublin, Ireland July 15 – July 19, 2023 is nearing with the central theme being “Early Relationships Matter: Advancing Practice, Policy and Research in Infant Mental Health”. There will be two pre-congresses Saturday 15th July focusing on diversity and inclusion, and on affiliate development in areas where WAIMH does not yet have affiliates.  

The Chair of the Program Committee is Elisabeth Hoehn, the Past Chair is David Oppenheim, and other members serving are Jane Barlow, Holly Brophy-Herb, and Catherine Maguire. The Associate Executive Director Reija Latva represents WAIMH Office in the Program Committee. The professional congress organizer is In Conference, and Sharon Kerr and Marianne Kardara from In Conference provided their invaluable and efficient support in the meeting. 

The amount of submissions means that the congress days will be full of new scientific knowledge, discussions, and a plentitude of information of infant mental health interventions and theories related to practice and the emerging field. The chair of the Program Committee Dr Elisabeth Hoehn said she is excited by the diversity and quality of the presentations that have been received and is looking forward to meeting so many of our colleagues from around the world in Dublin, at what will be a wonderful opportunity for professional development and networking. WAIMH thanks all submitters for their interest! The WAIMH membership gives a significant reduction of the registration fee. 

The e-mail decisions of the Program Committee will be posted to the submitting authors as soon as possible, and by mid-February at the latest.