|The Congress is supported by a granf from the City of Prague|
Welcome to the website for the 15th World Congress
of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are very happy to be able to update you on the progress of the preparation of our 2016 Congress. As many of you know, we have decided to relocate the Congress and it has been transferred to Prague, while keeping the unique format that had been planned for Tel Aviv. Our joint Israeli Palestinian Local Committee (altogether 10 people), has taken on itself the challenging task of bringing a bit of our Middle Eastern sounds, voices, stories, and pictures… to Prague. Creativity and flexibility are needed to organize a Congress in such unusual circumstances, and the process itself creates a lively dialogue and joint work among our two people, with and in spite of our complex geo-political context. On the practical level, we work together with Guarant, a local Congress Organizer in Prague with an extensive experience in international congress organization. Moreover, the Czech Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association is very happy to host us, and this will be an important occasion for our Czech colleagues to learn about Infant mental health and early psychopathology.
Last but not least, Prague, at the crossing point between East and West Europe, is a very inspiring site for our WAIMH Congress on Conflict, Adversity and Resilience. Indeed, Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years‘ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been
included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Prague has been called a „3D architecture textbook“. Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens, worldly Art Nouveau buildings, and unique Cubist architecture make it a place with no parallel in the world. Prague is also well-known for its music: every summer, Prague’s islands and parks come alive with the multi-genre music festival United Islands.
We believe that Prague atmosphere will be a wonderful facilitating environment for our far-from-home Congress...
We look forward seeing you among us,
|Miri Keren, M.D.||Sam Tyano, M.D.|
|WAIMH President and LOC chair||LOC Co-Chair|