The ESDR was founded in Amsterdam in 1970 and is therefore celebrating it’s 50th anniversary from 2-5 September 2020 where it all began. You are kindly invited to join our special anniversary meeting. The scientific program will include an overview of 50 years of dermatological research in Europe presented by celebrated international speakers. The 2020 meeting program will not only look back but there will be ample opportunities for both scientists and clinicians from Europe and beyond to present their work and have discussions. Like every year we will have excellent scientists, not only from our own speciality, to deliver keynote lectures. Next to the lecture halls and meeting rooms, there will be a beautiful historical and spacious area for poster walks and electronic poster displays.
The congress will be held in the “Beurs van Berlage”, which was formerly the merchant’s exchange and has been an essential part of Amsterdam’s city centre for more than a century. This national monument, which was built in 1903 by architect Hendrik Pieter Berlage, is considered as the first example of modern architecture in the Netherlands. This venue is now THE central meeting place in the heart of the city, hosting hundreds of meetings annually. The Beurs van Berlage is just a 5-minute walk away from the central railway station, which connects directly to the airport. To celebrate ESDR’s 50th anniversary a special social event will be organized in “Westergas”, which is a colorful meeting point for culture in all its shapes and sizes. This historical site is located in a cultural village in the heart of Amsterdam.
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our society!
Prof Menno de Rie
Chair, Local Organising Committee
This is an exceptional year for the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Society. As a consequence we will be doing things a little differently for this one off event in Amsterdam. We have chosen this city for the specific reason that the first meeting of the ESDR was held at a hotel in Noordwijk on the Dutch coast in 1971 – a venue too small to host the more than 1500 delegates we expect for the 50th meeting. We will meet in the Beurs van Berlage, an architecturally special building, in the centre of the city, originally the commodity exchange built in 1903 but now an international conference centre.
Habitués of ESDR meetings will be relieved to know that the structure of the 50th meeting won’t be a radical departure from the usual format of free communications, poster walks, electronic posters and iconic lectures including the Rudi Cormane, EADV, René Touraine and Frontiers. However, we have also invited four high profile plenary 2020 Keynote Lecturers from the world of science and five 50th Anniversary Lecturers who will speak on the topics of psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin cancer, genetic disease and cell biology. The Anniversary Lecturers will describe the advances in these topics since 1971 and the role played by European skin scientists in these developments. The social programme will be the usual concoction of entertainment and networking in unique venues throughout the city.
In recent years, the ESDR has made important strides in supporting the future leaders of skin science in Europe with the establishment of the Future Leaders’ Academy in 2011 and a leadership training programme in 2019. The 2020 Future Leaders’ Symposium promises to be a heady mix of high quality science and active networking. The Society also recognises the importance of global health research and its duty to promote skin research in least developed countries of the world. The day preceding the main conference will, as is usual, be devoted to meetings of special interest groups and societies, which are also characterised, by the extremely high quality of scientific discussion. We actively encourage academic-industrial collaboration as will be evidenced by the Discovery sessions and lunchtime symposia. This is aligned with our establishment and support of the Skin Science Foundation and its promotion of next generation skincare.
I strongly encourage you to attend this anniversary celebration of all that is great about skin research to present your work, be educated and inspired, meet old friends and make new ones. I look forward to welcoming you personally to Amsterdam this September.
ESDR President 2019-2020.