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EGPRN meetings are held twice yearly (spring and autumn) in different European countries, providing a forum to present and discuss research relevant to general practice/family medicine. Meetings are hosted by National Representatives, assisted by an organisational committee. They last from Thursday (pre-conference-workshops, executive and council meetings, welcome reception) to Sunday (committee meetings), with Friday and Saturday being the main conference days. Attendance is free for members; non-members can either become members or pay a conference fee.

The main objectives of these meetings are:
To provide GPs and researchers in General Practice with a suitable situation in which to present and discuss their research (including studies at a developmental stage).
To give and receive critical but constructive feedback focussing on methodology, enabling presenters to further develop and improve their projects and to prepare publications. To discuss it with a group of researchers from all over Europe and with experience in research in the field of General Practice.
To facilitate networking and cooperation between senior and junior researchers from all European countries, and to create a platform for exchange and collaborative international research projects.

How to submit a paper
EGPRN welcomes the presentation of completed research projects as well as research ideas or work in progress. Ample time is provided for the discussion of each presentation. There are four formats for presentation as detailed below. Authors are invited to indicate their choice of format when submitting their abstract, however the final decision is taken by the planning committee of each conference.

Theme papers
At each meeting, time is allocated to papers on a specific theme. The theme is suggested by the RSC, the EGPRN Council or by the country hosting the Meeting and approved by the EGPRN Council. Theme papers are preferably presented in plenary sessions and are allocated 30 minutes each, of which 15 minutes is for the presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.