Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Czech Psychiatric Association and the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it is an honor for us to invite you to participate in the 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. The congress will take place from 23-27 July 2018.
It is a great honor and responsibility for our professional community to have the opportunity to organize this conference. This is the first time the congress will take place in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, a region known for its turbulent history, rich culture, a tradition of top-quality science, and now for free democracy and economic progress as well.
The aim of the congress is to not only offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share views of cutting-edge findings and trends in our field, but also to emphasize the importance of comprehensive care of the mental health of children and adolescents as a main priority of modern society in the 21st century. We would be happy to see both a growth in the trust of our individual fields, but also an increase in the effectiveness of our activities. We would like the individual and unique to join the common, typical, and safe across society. We are convinced that this is how our fields can in at least some way contribute to improve understanding among different cultures and societies of people living in different places.
Our capital city, Prague, is an enchanting, historical place. It has a rich history, unique architecture and a rich culture. Prague is a one-of-a-kind place where the past and present meet and where so many new things for the future originate. We believe that this will be the case for our congress as well. The atmosphere and charm of Prague could support, even if indirectly, the search for new solutions to scientific problems and the creation of new professional relationships, along with personal friendships as well.
We are looking forward to your attendance and will do all we can to make the 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Prague something you will look back upon with fondness.
Michal Goetz, Ivo Paclt, Pavel Theiner
IACAPAP 2018 Congress Chairs