Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to submit your work to the upcoming 7th Congress of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD), on the topic of “Treating Personality Pathology in a Time of Change”. We will meet in Antwerp (Belgium), from Monday, September 23rd until Wednesday, September 25th, 2024.

Treatment of Personality pathology has changed radically over the past generations of researchers and clinicians. Treatment contexts present challenges and opportunities due to evolving diagnostic classifications, emerging needs in specific populations – including youth and families –, constraints related to dissemination of good practice principles across the globe, the increased use of technology to treat clients, and the more active and welcomed involvement of users and carers in the treatment. Of course, the world could not have changed more since we last met in 2018 in Sitges (Spain).

The 7th Congress of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders will take stock of these changes, along with many others our field is currently experiencing, and examine them as opportunities to learn and make progress. ESSPD Antwerp 2024 promises to deliver a lively cutting-edge scientific program, supported by the thought-provoking presence and guidance of master clinicians and one-to-one meet-ups between leaders in the field.

We invite innovative submissions addressing changing contexts of treatment delivery for individuals with personality pathology. We invite new ideas which move the field forward, and thus present opportunities leading to lasting change. We invite proof-of-concept studies which may serve as basis for the next generation of researchers to be tested, elaborated and refined. We invite submissions which take into account the multi-level complexity of personality pathology and its treatment.

The deadline for submission is February 29th, 2024, midnight CET on the following platform:


Formats of submission:

Research symposia

Research symposia should include four to five presentations focused on a common theme or various aspects of a large-scale research project. Presentations should come from at least two different institutions. The symposia will last 90 minutes, with a minimum of 15 minutes for open discussion with the audience. Each symposium should have a chair (normally the organizer of the panel or another relevant person).

he ESSPD recommends to include the perspective of persons with lived experience in the symposia. We are aware that there may be challenges for some of these individuals to participate in the ESSPD conference and we are working to address some of these challenges. For questions or specific support in this, contact us at

The panel submission portal is set up for one person (in most cases the chair) to submit the panel abstract AND each paper abstract together. Thus, before submitting, this person should collect all abstracts from the panel speakers and then proceed with the provided link. Overall and individual paper abstracts have a maximum of 300 words.

Individual Papers

Individual papers are suited for presentations of completed research, or projects that have not been submitted as part of an organized thematic research symposium. They will be a maximum of 15 minutes, and the Scientific Committee will organize papers of similar topics to be presented during the same time slot. The Scientific Committee will assign a chair to each Paper session. Abstracts have a maximum of 300 words.


Poster presentations are appropriate for a range of research reports, including completed studies, pilot data, and work-in-progress. Posters offer the unique opportunity for the audience to see detailed graphic output. There will be guided poster tours with a designated moderator. The speaker should also bring print-outs of the poster in format A4. Abstracts have a maximum of 300 words. Of note, the best three posters will be awarded at the Award Session at the 2024 ESSPD congress.

Format of the congress:

Since 2018, the community of researchers and clinicians interested in Personality Disorders in Europe has not met in person. We perceive the need to come together and we are truly excited to host a scientifically and humanly outstanding and memorable congress in Antwerp, with many new occasions to network and pursue excellence that – so we believe – will strengthen our field as a whole. We are also aware that times have changed and some participants may want to join virtually, for a variety of reasons. In addition, the ESSPD as Academy of Excellence in the field of personality disorders wishes to assume a key role in disseminaton of first-hand expert knowledge. For these reasons, we offer a partial hybrid solution, in which all speakers must come in person to Antwerp to deliver their presentation, and in which we propose selected streamed sessions live across the globe for participants working in all corners of the world.



As Academy of Excellence, the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) is very pleased to send out a call for two awards, our signature award and a new award which will given for the first time in history.

ESSPD Early Career Investigator Award 2024:

The European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) established the Early Career Investigator Award in order to stimulate early career researchers to perform innovative research in the broad field of personality disorders. The selection criteria for the award jury will be:

  • The research idea has to be original, innovative and methodologically sound
  • It has to connect different domains of research, resulting in a new perspective
  • The research has to be the applicant’s own project, is not part of a larger institutional project and has to be adequately presented and discussed

NEW: ESSPD Excellence Award 2024:

The European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) invites researchers to submit their work for the ESSPD Excellence Award 2024.

The ESSPD aims at recognizing an idea, a concept, a method – in the form of a published paper – which clearly pushes forward the field of personality disorders worldwide and makes a break-through contribution to the understanding and treatment of individuals with personality disorders.

Deadline for submission for both awards: March 31st, 2024 to be submitted to


Travel to Antwerp, Belgium:

For our colleagues from Central Europe, ESSPD encourages you to consider your carbon footprint and to travel by train to beautiful Antwerp. For those who travel by air, we recommend that you fly to either Amsterdam or Brussels, which has regular fast-train connections to Antwerp. We advise all delegates to book their trip early, in particular to be able to benefit from the advantageous rates of accommodation recommended on our website. The meeting will take place at the Bluepoint, a modern congress center at the outskirts of the city of Antwerp, 20 minutes ride from Antwerp Central Train Station. Last but not least, an exciting Social Program and a casual social dinner is awaiting us in Antwerp.

For specific questions, please send an e-mail to

We very much look forward to receiving and reviewing your submission, and then to welcoming you to Antwerp, Belgium, in September 2024.

Ueli Kramer, PhD

ESSPD President

Michaela Swales, PhD

Chair of the Scientific Committee ESSPD Antwerp 2024

Ann Berens, MD

Chair of the Organizing Committee ESSPD Antwerp 2024