The 13th EAPC Congress held in Prague has been widely regarded as a major success. It has been a showcase for the best in new science and research, exciting innovation in service design and development, and new educational initiatives. The impressive Plenary lectures provided ‚food for thought‘ and challenged and enriched our understanding of topics such as spirituality, team working, and cultural aspects of palliative care. There were very many fascinating posters and awards were presented to a few ‚standout‘ examples. The Congress honoured three outstanding Early Researchers: Meera Agar (Australia), Barbara Gomes (UK), Jeroen Hasselaar (the Netherlands) who are likely to become future international leaders. The warmth and generosity of spirit of the host organisation enhanced the Congress experience, combined with smooth and efficient organisation. Thank you to everyone for contributing to Prague and we look forward to seeing you again at the next EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida, Spain in June, 2014.
Professor Sheila Payne
Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care
Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine