ESCAP General Assembly 2021: 25th June 2021

ESCAP General Assembly took place virtually on Friday 25th June 2021

After the successful virtual ESCAP Expert Day on Friday 25th June 2021 we hosted the ESCAP General Assembly. We would like to thank all those national societies who attended and voted on several important ESCAP matters. Some key take home message:

Professor Joerg Fegert - ESCAP president-elect

  • Professor Joerg Fegert (insert) has been nominated as president-elect - congratulations to him. He will take on his presidency in 2023. Find out more about Joerg.


  • Professor Stephan Eliez, past president, will continue on the board and work on the upcoming ESCAP congresses


  • The nomination for hosting the 2027 ESCAP congress has been postponed until the Maastricht congress. 


View the official invitation

View the minutes from the 2019 Vienna ESCAP General Assembly

ESCAP General Assembly Agenda

Friday 25th June 2021 16h30-19h30 virtually on Zoom

16h30 – Opening of General Assembly and welcome by ESCAP president Dimitris Anagnostopoulos

1. Presidential Report

  • Dimitris Anagnostopoulos will give a summary of ESCAP activities since the last General Assembly in Vienna 2019
  • Decision to postpone the vote for the ESCAP congress 2027

View Presidential report 2021

View Vienna 2019 General Assembly minutes


2. Proposal of the next president-elect

  • Bylaws will be followed
  • Professor Joerg Fegert has been nominated by the German Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (DGKJP). He will present himself, the objectives and goals of being president-elect and vision of being the future ESCAP president
  • Votes from all national societies
  • Confirmation of final votes and approval

View Professor Joerg Fegert CV for his nomination


3. Report of ESCAP activities


4. Update of ESCAP 2022 Maastricht congress preparations

By Manon Hillegers and Stephan Eliez


5. COVID-19 Discussion

Discussion title: The COVID-19 pandemic effects on children and adolescents' mental health

Presented and lead by:

Jörg Fegert (ESCAP Policy division lead) - "Burden of the Covid pandemic and Challenges for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policy"

Johannes Hebebrand (ECAP Editor-in-chief) - "The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health of children and adolescents – initial findings" 

Jean-Philippe Raynaud (ESCAP Clinical division lead) - "Telepsychiatry and covid: first lessons in clinical practice in CAP" 

Maeve Doyle (ESCAP General Secretary)

Chaired by:

Dimitris Anagnostopoulos

ESCAP encourages all national members to take part in this discussion and inform ESCAP of the situations in your respective countries.


6. Final comments and closure of meeting



Nominations for ESCAP president-elect

The next president-elect will take the position immediately and will become the president of ESCAP in June 2023.

Professor Joerg Fegert has been nominated by the German Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (DGKJP) and is supported by the ESCAP board. Votes for his nomination will be counted at the General Assembly

View his brief CV 

According to our Bylaws "The President and the President-Elect shall be elected by the General Assembly from amongst the candidates proposed by the Board of Directors nominated by the national societies for child and adolescent psychiatry (Working Members), for a term of four years. The President shall be eligible for re-election once on resolution of the Board of Directors adopted with a three-quarter majority".


Nominations for hosting the ESCAP Congress 2027

Every two years the members have the opportunity to vote for the society that will host a future ESCAP Congress. The next congresses will be held in Maastricht in 2022 (note the postponement of the date due to COVID-19), Copenhagen in 2023, and Strasbourg in 2025. 

Preparation of congresses can start up to 3 years before the actual date, thus forward planning, especially due the unprecedented times, is essential. The country, the city and the venue should be attractive for a wide audience and suitable for the purpose of a large conference.

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty with the current pandemic situation, we have decided to postpone this vote and will inform all national societies, when we will vote on the 2027 host country.

Do you want to host the 2027 event? Tell us

Example schedule for preparing an ESCAP congress

Example budget of an ESCAP congress

Tell us your participating and your nominations

As the General Assembly will take place online, we have emailed all our national societies access to our Zoom meeting. If you have not received this email, please contact our editor or president.