Copenhagen 2023 - Next Generation Europe - a balancing act between clinical, research, clinical and political demands


For the third time in ESCAP’s 30 years long history, we met in a Nordic Country for the 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. More than 1,600 delegates from 57 countries from across the world enjoyed the long summer evenings and Danish hospitality in Copenhagen which has been ranked by the Monocle survey as the 'most livable’ city for 2021 and 2022. Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transport, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care. Furthermore, the ability to transform and renew itself. This Copenhagen has done among other things by building new biking and pedestrian bridges. One of them being the Circle Bridge by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliason - inspiration for the congress logo.

The scientific programme of the three day congress was outstanding:

  • 6 Keynote and 7 State of the Art Speakers
  • 61 Symposia
  • 18 Clinical Perspectives
  • 14 Workshops
  • 4 Trainee Cases
  • > 90 Oral Presentations and
  • > 350 Poster

We learned of the latest research results, got to know the newest evidence-based treatments and listened to the newest creative initiatives for cooperation with families, patient organizations, and other sectors. Both ESCAP and The Danish Child and Adolescent society (BUP-DK) have long been active lobbying and participating in the public debate for better conditions for children and adolescents with mental problems. Thus, the title: Next generation Europe - a balancing act between clinical, research and political demands.

Expert Interviews - ESCAP 2023

Welcome message

Ruth Feldman - Keynote Speaker

Attachment and resilience

Tamsin Ford - Keynote Speaker

Mental health interventions in schools and preventative measures in general

Judith Rosmalen - State of the Art Speaker

Early experiences related to the body and illness coping with symptoms

Carmen Schröder - State of the Art Speaker

Sleep disorders and their treatment in children with neurodevelopment disorders

Eva Serlachius - State of the Art Speaker

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric anxiety: Current status and future directions

Read her interview here