28/10/2021 - 30/10/2021

Title: “Back to the Future of Skin Science: 10th ESDR Future Leaders Academy”
Dates and location to be confirmed

The goal of this initiative is to encourage young gifted dermatologists to further pursue their academic careers through guidance and mentoring of established scientists in the field. Besides scientific sessions, there is a strong emphasis on encouraging young people to network and to exchange ideas. The Academy is an excellent opportunity for sponsoring companies to establish strong professional relationships with the next generation of leaders in dermatology.

General Information

The program is primarily open to European residents currently engaged in skin-related research (MD, PhD, Post-Doc, Resident etc). A LIMITED number of places will be made available for participants residing outside Europe.  Participants must be 40 years old or under by 1 November 2020. Exceptions may be made for career breaks, maternity/paternity leave etc.

Applications are reviewed on scientific merit by the ESDR Future Leaders Committee.
ESDR covers accommodation costs for all participants and travel costs for ESDR members. If you are not a member you may apply prior to the Academy.
Participants must commit to staying for the entire duration of the Academy and should travel alone. All participants give oral presentations of their work and be expected to attend mentoring events. Past participants are not eligible for consideration.




Title: “Back to the Future of Skin Science: 10th ESDR Future Leaders Academy”



Thursday 28 October 2021
11.00-12.30 Registration

13.30-14.00 Welcome

Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary)

14.00-14.30 Mentor 1 Presentation: Caterina Missero: recent insights on the regulation of epidermal cell junctions : implications in human skin diseases
14.30-16.00 Oral presentations by mentees /  6 mentees (names and titles TBI)
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.00 Mentor 2 Presentation: Alexander Enk: Title TBC
17.00-17.45 Oral presentations by mentees /  3 mentees (names and titles TBI)
17.45-19.15 Presentations of industry partners (TBI)


Friday 29 October 2021


08.00-08.30 Mentor 3 presentation: Eniko Sonkoly (Sweden): How and how much microRNAs contribute to skin health and diseases
08.30-09.00 Mentor 4 presentation: David Kelsell (UK): Beyond gene discovery in monogenic skin disorders
09.00-10.15 Oral presentations by mentees /  5 mentees (names and titles TBI)
10.15-11.15 Coffee break and Group Photo
11.15-11.45 Mentor 5 presentation: Mei Li (France): Lessons from genetically engineered mouse models: how informative  for the human skin immune system in health and disease
11.45-12.45 Oral presentations by mentees  /  4 mentees (names and titles TBI)
12.45-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Mentor 6 presentation: Kiarash Khosrotehrani (Australia): the plasticity of endothelial stem cells: implications in skin malignancies and wound healing
14.30-15.30 Oral presentations by mentees  /   4 mentees (names and titles TBI)
15.30-16.00 Mentor 7 presentation: Leopold Eckhart (Austria): Autophagy at the skin gates
16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-20.30 Networking


Saturday 30 October 2021


08.30-09.00 Rachel Watson (UK) : Revisiting human skin diversity at the molecular level
09.00-09.45 Oral presentations by mentees  /  3 mentees (names and titles TBI)
09.45-10.15 Mentor 9 presentation: Christoph Schlapbach (Switzerland): New helper T-cell subsets in human skin
10.15-11.30 Break-out Session/ Coffee Break
11.30-12.15 Presentation of Break-out Sessions to Plenum
12.15-12.30 Meeting digest and Outlook

Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary)