"INTERNET & MENTAL HEALTH "
Even if the net was born about 30 years ago, it exploded and was consacrated as new medium with planetary diffusion just 3 years ago thanks to the birth of the WEB, the system of communication, hypertextual and hypermedial exchange which has transformed INTERNET from a basically academic tool of communication (in any case numerically limited) to the mass-phenomenon under everyone's very eyes. Actually beyond easy mass-medial enthusiasms, INTERNET is and is going to be always more in the future an extraordinary and innovative instrument of integrated communication devoted to become a widespread habit as technologic support to ones work.
The field of Medicine and in general the scientific international community can find, in the advanced use of new net-technologies, new sap for the development of knowledge and of rapid information trasmission according to a logic beyond the national dimension, without leaving out the advantages from net use in terms of quality of work and of ones permanent formation.
We think now is the time to dedicate the Net and its use a specific moment of discussion and appraisal, raising INTERNET and its application as issue of a proper congress, the first of this kind organized in the world in the psychiatric field and in the medical one, as well. From these consideration raises our project to bring in Genova next February the most important international scholars and the most active net-users in psychiatric field in order to start a comparison between different experiences and to arouse a widespread international debate about use of the Net as instrument of daily activity for the operators in this field.
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROJECT
During the 2 days of the congress we would offer to the participating people a complete and up to date view of net-reality with regard to psychiatry, according to the temporary programme. At the same time we would, thanks to the possibilities offered by technology and logistic, allow an access to the congress activities via net (this will be the first time in the international psychiatric field).
These pages will be mirrorrized or integrally reproduced in their Italian and English version (the two official languages of the congress) in other friend sites all over the world increasing enormously the chance of widespreading information about the event. The maximum expected and possible number of participants is of 350 people (maximum capacity of the great hall in Genova), we expect a tax for the application form of 200.000 italian liras ( 115 USD).
In this sense, with a so little fee for the application, we propose to the psychiatric audience and to the sponsors a different kind of Congress, which, just becouse of its beeing free of charge, will not offer gadgets but only and most of all CONTENTS and skilled speakers: this is a border choise, the key of success of our efforts!