Trauma in Transition: Building Bridges

NtVP and ESTSS welcome you to the official website for the 16th ESTSS Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The conference takes place from 14-16 June at Conference Centre De Doelen. Preconference workshops will be held on 13 June at Erasmus University.

View of boats in Rotterdam

Conference theme and background information

This conference focuses on sharing our joint expertise, presenting and collecting knowledge and experiences relevant to the field of traumatic stress, by building bridges between different perspectives, disciplines and countries. Of special interest will be contributions closely related to the conference theme of interdisciplinary co-operation and knowledge transfer, and that touch upon some of the pressing challenges in our field: adequate and timely provision of evidence-based care to those in need.

The rise in forced displacement of millions of people poses a critical challenge to national healthcare systems, in Europe and the rest of the world. As a result of the current influx of refugees seeking asylum and safety, countries face the daunting task of organizing and providing evidence-based mental healthcare for the psychosocial consequences of stressful and traumatic experiences related to forced displacement. This includes ways to provide appropriate care to people in transition within and between countries, such as technological advances in the field of e-health and m-health. For decades, we have collected knowledge on the transition of trauma between generations and the neurobiological mechanisms involved in traumatic stress responses; how can we use this knowledge to benefit prevention, treatment and policy making in these challenging times? How can clinical experience and insights from treatment inform fundamental research into neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms? How do we ensure that evidence-based practices are sufficiently available and appropriately disseminated?

We invite submissions that provide scientific knowledge fitting one of the conference tracks:

  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Biological & Medical
  • Child Trauma
  • Public Health
  • Transcultural & Diversity
  • Intervention Research & Clinical Studies.

We look forward to welcome you to Rotterdam, our beautiful and vibrating city, that has a ranking in the top 10 of the most exciting cities of the world (Lonely Planet 2016, Best in Travel). With its majestic and innovative architecture Rotterdam provides the ideal backdrop to the conference theme.