Brief Introduction of the European Students' Conference (ESC)

In the last 30 years, European Students' Conference (ESC) has been the premier meet for medical students in Europe. Hosted by Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, ESC is looking forward to welcoming more than 400 students from over 40 countries. Join us this year for European Students' Conference between 25th -28th September 2019. This year's conference will run under the topic "Future Aging - Today's Research, Tomorrow's Medicine".

Prof. Strohschneider, president of the German Research Foundation, is patron of the 30th European Students' Conference

We are proudly announcing that, Prof. Strohschneider, president of the German Research Foundation (German: Deutsche Forschunsgemeinschaft) has taken the patronage of the 30th European Students' Conference.

His message to the European Students' Conference:

Over the last 150 years, the average life expectancy has increased tremendously in many industrialized countries. In Germany, for instance, each year it has risen steadily by about three months and, consequently, by 2060 every third person will be age 65 or over.  

At the same time, age-related diseases and conditions are becoming increasingly evident. These range from aging processes of the immunological system to neurodegenerative developments, from diabetes and Alzheimer’s to cancer or cardiovascular diseases. While these phenomena are medical challenges, their consequences also touch upon socioeconomic and cultural questions. We therefore have to ask ourselves how can we build a society that is not only aging but aging healthily, and that not only increases its longevity but maintains its quality of life? 

Age-related research is a prerequisite to gaining a better understanding of many of the associated biological, psychological and social factors, and to shed light on key questions and causal relationships. Advancing age-related research is thus of particular importance, although challenging. This is why the DFG established a subject area on Biogerontology and Geriatric Medicine within the Review Board for Medicine back in 2012.  

The European Students Conference is well known for bringing together students, early career researchers and eminent scholars in their respective fields. A constructive dialogue linking many different perspectives is what the ESC strives for. It is also what age-related research demands.  

To enjoy the pleasure of discovering new facets of aging while learning from each other is my personal wish to you all.  

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider 

President of the German Research Foundation