Welcome Address

Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues,


We are looking forward to the ECSR 2021, which will be a new experience due to the virtual format. We will certainly miss the opportunity of personal communication and social contacts of our former conferences.  However, we are convinced that by presenting this year’s comprehensive scientific programme its quality will compare favourably to the successful editions of the ECSR in recent years.

Let me draw your attention to some of the core sessions!


Referring to our guiding congress motto the three Plenary Lectures presented by the outstanding experts Peter Falkai, Kristen Brennand and Christoph Correll will address specific future perspectives in diagnosis, treatment and prevention since Bleuler’s first mention of the term schizophrenia. 

Participatory research is one of the emerging issues of modern research especially with regard to mental health. Respective approaches in schizophrenia research will be discussed in a workshop chaired by Silvana Galderisi and involving representatives of patients’ and relatives’ associations as well as distinguished colleagues engaging in stigma research and other relevant topics. I look forward to this discussion and hope you do so too.

The question on how to classify schizoaffective disorder is a matter of controversy due to the latest versions of our established diagnostic systems and accordingly will be the topic of a pro-con-debate entitled “Should schizoaffective disorder be diagnosed cross-sectionally (ICD-11) instead of longitudinally (DSM-5)?”

This year’s State-of-the-Art lectures are also worthwhile to attend. Esteemed colleagues will present on topics referring to

  • New methods in diagnosis and treatment (A. Hasan/J. Torous)
  • From early intervention to improving real-life functioning, (M. Nordentoft/A. Mucci)
  • From consequences of untreated psychosis to cognitive remediation (O. Howes/T. Wykes)

These sessions are only a small excerpt of the scientific programme, which will further include 28 symposia, 6 sessions of oral communication, and a multitude of poster presentations.

Thus, I cordially invite you to join us virtually!

With best wishes,

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