welcome address

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the official website of the 8th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research (ECSR).

I cordially invite you to join us for the ECSR 2021, which will be held as a virtual conference from the 23 – 25 September.

As many others, we were confident that in 2021 things would normalize and we would be able to meet you in Berlin, similar to previous years. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that we are currently facing, an in-person gathering would raise many concerns and is not recommended.

As a result of this, we have decided to revise the format of the ECSR and turn it into a virtual conference.

Several requests from potential participants have indicated that the decision to actively partake has been influenced by the uncertainty regarding the format. Therefore, we decided to make adjustments in an early phase of the preparation and have once againextended the deadline for submitting symposia proposals until 23rd March 2021.

I believe in the meantime most of us are quite familiar with online formats, which offer the opportunity to share and discuss new data, new developments and concepts without having to travel. Furthermore, this format allows you to attend the sessions from the comfort of your home or office - not only during the scheduled dates of the conference but also providing registered attendees with On-Demand content for a limited time period after the conference has ended.

Due to the virtual format, we have made considerable amendments regarding the congress fees

We are aware that a cherished feature of our schizophrenia conference was the communicative atmosphere and the networking opportunity. Currently, we are evaluating digital options to - at least partially - compensate this aspect. Of course, the established chat function of webinars will allow for discussions of the main lectures, which we plan to provide as livestreams.

The ECSR is a biennial scientific conference dealing with recent developments in schizophrenia research as well as with challenges in clinical settings. 110 years after the introduction of schizophrenia as a diagnostic class, it seems appropriate to look back as well as forward to evaluate facts and unsolved questions - or in other words “the road ahead”.

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If you have any questions regarding the ECSR 2021, please contact us at schizophrenia@cpo-hanser.de or info@esasnet.eu .

We sincerely hope to be able to welcome you at the virtual edition of the ECSR in September 2021 and are confident that we will be able to meet in-person again at the 9th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research in 2023.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaebel
Congress President and
President European Scientific Association on Schizophrenia and other Psychoses

Prof. Wolfgang Gaebel - Congress President

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaebel
Congress President and
President European Scientific Association on Schizophrenia and other Psychoses