Scientific Programme

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Presidential Symposium:

The high profile symposium, meticulously constructed by the Presidents of ILAE and IBE, investigates whether epilepsy is genetic and the possible associated consequences. The topics covered include: how genetics are changing the epilepsy landscape, how to optimize genetic testing, how genes affect the response to treatment, and the pros and cons of knowing the answer.

Main and Parallel Sessions:

Some of the topics of the Main and Parallel sessions originated/were selected from the numerous proposals submitted by ILAE Chapters and Commissions and IBE Regional Committees. Main sessions feature epilepsy imaging, classifying seizures, comprehensive approach to patients of all ages with new onset seizures, epilepsies related to the immune system and status epilepticus. The Parallel sessions ensure a comprehensive selection of dynamic topics delivered by experts from world leading epilepsy institutions.

Clinico-pathological Conference:

A new inclusion to the 31st IEC programme are the Clinicopathological Conference (C.P.C.) sessions.  In these sessions an interesting case of a high educational value involving multidisciplinary approaches will be presented and discussed.


The debate session will present, in a lively and stimulating format, opposing views about controversial topics, including:The pros and cons of discontinuing AED therapy after at least 2 years of seizure freedom, the need for the Wada Test for presurgical assessment,
the role of electrocorticography in MRI-positive FCD surgical candidates, and drug treatment modalities in patients with epilepsy and intellectual disability.

WONOEP highlights:

The WONOEP workshop, which traditionally takes place in the days before the International Epilepsy Congress, is a unique opportunity for basic scientists and clinicians to get together and appraise the latest developments in translational science. A special session at the beginning of the Istanbul Congress will provide delegates with highlights of the most significant points emerged during the 2015 WONOEP.

Special Symposia:

Three special symposia are scheduled during the congress programme. The ILAE Commission on Neurobiology has prepared a symposium on ‘Optogenetics to cure epilepsy' epilepsy: facts and feasibility’.  Following on from the success of IBE's symposium held during the 30th International Epilepsy Congress in Montreal, IBE will again prepare an equally engaging programme. 

Teaching Programme:

A joint Education Committee is creating early morning teaching sessions, taking place over the duration of the congress, which will include content related to VIREPA courses. Also featured will be a session based on clinical epileptology, explained to the basic scientist, as well as video sessions. 

Video Sessions:

Every afternoon from Sunday to Tuesday, the programme will feature a video session with the presentation of interesting cases intended to stimulate interactive discussion. Video sessions of special didactic value will also be included in the morning Teaching

Awards Symposium:

The Awards Symposium will take place over 3 days of the congress. Awards being presented include the Epilepsia Award, Epileptic Disorders Award and the Michael Prize Award.


The quiz session promises to offer a light-hearted approach to learning for the audience and participants alike. Teams are pitched against each other answering quick-fire questions on a wide range of epilepsy-related topics.

Congress Highlights:

Another new feature of the 31st International Epilepsy Congress is the ‘Highlights’ session. This concluding session will provide delegates with an overview of the most important, original and interesting findings, presented throughout the congress programme.

Platform and Poster Presentations:

The Scientific and Organising Committee invites everyone working in the field of epilepsy to submit an abstract, so that it may be considered for either a platform or poster presentation. The abstract submission system will be available on from November 2014.