Previous Conferences


Founded in the course of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1989, its aim was to foster a closer relationship between medical faculties in Europe and the rest of the world. Therefore, the ESC was initiated as a conference between the two medical faculties of the former eastern „Humboldt-Universtität“ and the western „Freie Universität“. Especially the scientific exchange was planned in those times of big political changes.

Previous Conferences: Since 1989, the ESC had different topics every year and therefore always a special character. As an impression, some topics and examples of keynote speakers of the previous five years are listed below. 

27th ESC 2016: Facing Antimicrobial Resistance – Research Revolution wanted! The topic of this year´s conference is “Facing Antimicrobial Resistance – Research Revolution wanted!”. The development of antibiotics marked a turning point in the history of healing – finally doctors had a tool that could completely cure patients of deadly infectious diseases. However, nowadays, this vital tool is at risk of blunting due to widespread misuse and increasing resistance.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Donald E. Ingber

Prof. Ramanan Laxminarayan

Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler

Prof. Steffen Mitzner

Dominique L. Monnet

Dr. Kim Faure

Prof. Christopher-Paul Milne

Prof. Steven Ebert

Prof. Petra Reinke

Dr. David Treacher

Prof. Enrico Baraldi

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schwarz

26th ESC 2015 : Science or Fiction? – Imagine the future of medicine. The topic of this year´s conference is “Science or Fiction? – Imagine the future of medicine”. What seemed science fiction a few years ago is now being translated into clinical routine: Together with outstanding experts in the field we want to think outside the box and investigate new perspectives in modern medicine. How can we, future doctors and scientists, meet the promises and perils of the coming medical revolution? What is our role as young professionals in the exciting era of evolving technologies and personalized medicine? Which responsibilities and challenges is each one of us facing?

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Ruha Benjamin
Prof. David Putrino
Prof. Cohen
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Dr. Katherine Sleeman
Dr. Pedro Oliveira
Prof. Joris Slaets
Dr. Oliver Peters

25th ESC 2014: Rethinking Medical Research – How Do We achieve Innovation” text=”This topic addressed the field of medical progress and revealed important interdisciplinary and critical approaches for the sequence.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Marianne Legato (Colombia University) Pioneer in Gender Medicine Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin) Chief Executie Director Center for Stroke Research Berlin

Prof. Dr. Barry R. Bloom (Harvard University) Chari und Advisory Committee WHO, Robert Koch Prize 1999

Prof. Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis (Stanford University) Co-Director Stanford Meta-Research Innovation Center (MetRICs)

Prof. Dr. Amit Meller (Boston University/Lokey Center for Life Sciences and Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann (Humboldt Universität Berlin) Robert Koch Institute and Institute of Theoretical Biology

Dr. Florian Steiner (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin) Dept. of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine

Prof. Dr. Ralf Stahlmann (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin) Institute of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

24th ESC 2013: Consciousness and the Senses – How Do We Perceive the World?” text=”This topic aimed to explore the delicate line between consciousness and unconsciousness, perception and reality, man and machine, memory and imagination, genius and madness, and physiological ageing and neurogenerative illness. The program comprised of contributions of various medical disciplines, such as neurosciences, psychiatry, biotechnology, space medicine, public health etc. and of course related ethical issues were discussed in a panel discussion. We believe that a patient’s mind, perceptions and cognition are very important in every aspect of clinical work.

Keynote Speakers:

Albert Hofman
Alice W. Flaherty
Gordon Cheng
John Dylan Haynes

23rd ESC 2012: Transplantation and Implantation Trends in Organ Substitution?

 Keynote Speakers:

Professor Roland Hetzer
Prof. Sonja Schrepfer
Prof. Emmanuel Martinod Paolo Macchiarini
Dr. Robert Fisher
Professor Peter Walter
Prof. Edgar Biemer

22nd ESC 2011: Regenerative Medicine.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr Hans Dieter Volk
Paula M. Cannon
Dr. Gero Hütter
Prof. Michael Boutros, PhD (DKFZ), Heidelberg

21st ESC 2010 : Malignant differentiation decisions in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma” .

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Burghardt Wittig,MD, Charite
Prof. Bernd Dörken, MD, Charite
Prof. Hetzer (DHZB)

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