Previous Conferences


In the previous years, multiple themes have been dealt with at the European Students’ Conference. The topics are selected every year by a committee of medical students with advice from experts. The following list provides a short blick of the themes of the previous years and the respective speakers:

27th ESC 2016

The topic of the conference in 2016 was “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

The topic of in 2015  was “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


26th ESC 2015

The theme in 2014 was, “Rethinking Medical Research – How Do We achieve Innovation.” This topic addressed the field of medical progress and revealed important interdisciplinary and critical approaches for the sequence.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Marianne Legato

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl 

Prof. Dr. Barry R. Bloom

Prof. Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis

Prof. Dr. Amit Meller

Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann

Dr. Florian Steiner


Prof. Dr. Ralf Stahlmann





25th ESC 2014

The theme in 2014 was, “Consciousness and the Senses – How Do We Perceive the World?” 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




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