History of the ESSPD

In 2010, the 1st international conference on BPD was organized in Berlin. This congress was very successful with more than 1,600 participants. As a result of this, the ESSPD decided in Berlin to continue the congress concept and the Dutch group volunteered to organize the next BPD conference in Amsterdam 2012. A biannual tradition evolved and the next ESSPD conferences took place in Rome, Vienna, Sitges, and as we hope in Antwerp in 2022, after 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have an agreement with the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), that the ESSPD organizes its conferences in the even years, whereas the ISSPD goes for the uneven years. Many of us attend both conferences, so the international field meet annually.

Thomas Rinne, Founding President of the ESSPD
Stephan Doering, ESSPD President 2018-2020