The purpose of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (IFPE) is to promote the acquisition, dissemination and application of epidemiological knowledge in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. IFPE is an international nonprofit organization.
In more detail the aims are:
-to promote the spread of knowledge acquired by epidemiological and related research in these fields;
-to stimulate the development of scientific research methods;
-to facilitate contacts and exchange of information between researchers of different nationalities and disciplines;
-to encourage the dissemination and publication of research findings;
-to sponsor international meetings pursuing these objectives.
IFPE was set up at an international conference in Brussels in 1985, following on earlier French-speaking meetings held in Lyon (1981) and Geneva (1983). Its first president was Swiss and original statutes conformed to the Swiss civil code. From these beginnings, the Federation has grown into a truly global organization. Further successful congresses have been held in Madrid (1987), Montreal (1990), Lisbon (1993), Santiago de Compostela (1996), Taipei (1999), Edmonton (2002), Bristol (2004), Gothenburg (2007), Vienna (2009), Kaohsiung (2011) and Leipzig (2013). An Asia Pacific Regional Conference was held in Shah Alam, Malaysia (2001).
The main activity of IFPE to date has been the promotion of international meetings. An international Congress is held every second year, each with a widely-based scientific program. The principal language of its scientific meetings is English, but a number of Congresses have been bilingual.
Individual researchers and organizations may become member of IFPE by application to the president, and anyone is welcome to attend the conferences regardless of membership.