Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the official website of the 5th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research ECSR 2015 which will be held from 24-26 September 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The ECSR is a biennial scientific conference dealing with recent developments in schizophrenia research as well as with challenges in clinical settings.

This conference will be organized completely independent from industry funding.

As we are preparing the congress, this website is continuously updated. Registration for the ECSR 2015 is already open. Please note our deadlines for abstract submission and early bird registration.

If you have any questions regarding the ECSR 2015 please contact us at or

Thank you for coming to Berlin and to build on the successes of our previous events.

Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel
Congress President

The ECSR 2013 - a further milestone on the road to success

The ECSR 2013 attracted delegates from 51 countries. According to the comments of the speakers and the feedback of delegates as documented in the evaluation forms the 4th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research again was a very successful scientific event.

Participants emphasized the rich and well balanced scientific programme, and appreciated the opportunity to strengthen established relations with and initiate new contacts to international colleagues. Thus the initial objective to establish the ECSR as a platform for scientific exchange and for updating the knowledge relevant for clinical practice could be obtained.

Highlights of the congress were obviously the plenary lectures. The audience was especially impressed by the presentation of Karl Zilles who provided remarkable insights into the structure and the function of the human brain. In his lecture Max Birchwood took up the cudgels for the next generation of Early Intervention Centres providing real phase-specific interventions targeted to an improvement of quality of life of affected individuals. Bruce Cuthbert's lecture illustrated the Research Domain Criteria Project of the NIMH and its implications for upcoming revisions of classification systems. William T. Carpenter addressed the need for paradigm shifts with regard to therapeutic discoveries relevant not only for developing novel therapeutics based on paradigms that anticipate the heterogeneity of clinical syndromes but also for preventive measures at different states of schizophrenia.

The organizers thank all active participants for the valuable contribution to a comprehensive programme and the attendees for being interested the broad range of topics addressed in lectures, symposia, workshops, free communications, and poster presentations.

The success of the ECSR 2013 and the very positive comments encourage the organizing associations to proceed with this biennial congress series.