University of Liverpool host 20th International Congress of ISPS

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Following in the footsteps of some of the great International city conference destinations, the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) hosted its biennial conference at the University of Liverpool. Making use of the summer vacation facilities on campus, the event welcomed over 500 delegates from across the world.

Alison Summers, Chair of ISPS 2017 organising committee: “We were delighted to be meeting in the exciting city of Liverpool. Carl Jung saw it as 'the pool of life' and its rich heritage (not just football and music) made it an energising setting for a conference thinking about change.”

The conference made use of a range of facilities on campus including the Foresight Centre for pre-conference sessions, Guild of Students for main plenary, drinks receptions, exhibition activity and seminar sessions; Chadwick Lecture Theatre, Maths Building and Central Teaching Hub for lectures and seminars; and en-suite bedrooms in the 4* graded Vine Court.    

Summers continues: “The University certainly offered a warm welcome, excellent facilities, and our delegates left feeling inspired and reinvigorated. We were especially impressed by the fantastic event management support that the conference team gave us right through from our very first contact with them. Their local knowledge ensured we made use of the opportunities offered by being in the city of Liverpool, so we organised canapés at the Cavern Club and an evening aboard the ferry ‘cross the Mersey”.

Marcus Wilson, Head of Commercial Marketing, University of Liverpool “Hosting events such as the ISPS conference are a real honour for the University, especially following in the footstep of venues such as Old Warsaw University Library, Cooper Union in New York City, Dubrovnik and Copenhagen. We are delighted that the University and city lived up to the expectations of the organising committee and delegates.”

Notes for editors:

Videos from the conference are available on the ISPS UK You tube channel and include conference delegates grappling with the question ‘What is Psychosis?’ and also recordings of the key note speakers.

The next ISPS UK conference, which will be on institutional racism in mental health, is on 13 November 2018, in London.

In the heart of Liverpool, one of the UK’s most welcoming cities, you will find the original red-brick University of Liverpool. The term red-brick was inspired by their flagship venue the Victoria Gallery & Museum, built in 1892.

Originally the University’s headquarters, the Victoria Building is a truly unique venue that will provide a ‘wow’ factor for your event. In a similar architectural style is the original Liverpool Infirmary, now the Foresight Centre, our dedicated year round event facility.

Surrounding University Square, are a range of campus venues with a range of tiered lecture theatres and flat floored flexible spaces including the Guild of Students which has a capacity of 900.

During the summer months on offer are a choice of double, executive or accessible en-suite bedrooms on campus, within close proximity of all the meeting facilities.

And last but by no means least, travel to the West of the city across the Mersey, and you will find Ness Botanical Gardens, home to 64 beautiful acres and definitely a venue that can be truly called unique.

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