Date(s) - 28/10/2021 - 29/10/2021
8:00 am - 11:59 pm


The 2021 ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology will be held virtually 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.

Application deadline: 28 MAY 2021


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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.

DRAFT PROGRAM   Title: “Back to the Future of Skin Science: 10th ESDR Future Leaders Academy” 28-29 October 2021, virtual event


Thursday 28 October 2021
13.45-14.00 Welcome Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary), Sabine Eming (Germany)
14.00-14.20 Mentor 1 Presentation: Caterina Missero: Recent insights on the regulation of epidermal cell junctions: implications in human skin diseases
14.20-15:50 Oral presentations by mentees / 6 mentees (names and titles TBI)
15.50-16.15 Virtual Coffee Break
16.15-16.35 Mentor 2 Presentation: Alexander Enk: Title TBC
16.35-17.20 Oral presentations by mentees / 3 mentees (names and titles TBI)
17.20-18.00  Presentations of industry partners (TBI)
18.00-18.30 Virtual toast and virtual on-demand rooms for chat
Friday 29 October 2021
08.00-08.20 Mentor 3 presentation: Enikö Sonkoly (Sweden): How and how much microRNAs contribute to skin health and diseases
08.20-08.40 Mentor 4 presentation: David Kelsell (UK): Beyond gene discovery in monogenic skin disorders
08.40-09.55 Oral presentations by mentees / 5 mentees (names and titles TBI)
09.55-10.15 Coffee break and Virtual Group Photo
10.15-10.35 Mentor 5 presentation: Rachel Watson (UK): Title TBI
10.35-11.35 Oral presentations by mentees  /  4 mentees (names and titles TBI)
11.35-11.55 Mentor 6 presentation: Kiarash Khosrotehrani (Australia): the plasticity of endothelial stem cells: implications in skin malignancies and wound healing
11.55-12.30 Presentation of sponsors/exchange with mentees
12.30-14.00  Lunch break with exchanges mentors/mentees (virtual rooms)
14.00-15.00 Oral presentations by mentees / 4 mentees (names and titles TBI)
15.00-15.20 Mentor 7 presentation: Leopold Eckhart (Austria): Autophagy at the skin gates
15.20-16.00 Breakout sessions
16.00-16.45 Presentation of Break-out Sessions to Plenum
16.45-17.00 Meeting digest and Outlook Hervé Bachelez (France), Marta Szell (Hungary), Sabine Eming (Germany)