The Convention Centre Dublin to host ESCAP 2013

Dublin – 8 October, 2012 – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) announced today that it will host the 15th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP 2013) on 6th-10th July 2013. Hosted by the College of Psychiatry of Ireland, this bi-annual four-day event will welcome over 2,000 delegates, many of whom will be visiting Ireland for the first time from across Europe and further afield.

ESCAP 2013 will place a particular emphasis on the themes of New Research, Quality of Care and Policy in the CAP field across Europe. Speakers already confirmed include Dr Kathleen Merikangas from the US National Institute of Mental Health, Professor Louise Gallagher from the Irish National Children’s Hospital, Professor Jan Buitelaar from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands, and Professor Tobias Banaschewski from the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany.

Ruud Minderaa, President of ESCAP, commented: “We look forward to bringing the ESCAP 2013 Congress to a wonderful new venue, The Convention Centre Dublin, in the heart of Dublin. It is a fantastic city with much to offer its visitors, and is easily accessible from all over Europe, the Americas and Asia.”

Miriam Silke, Chief Executive at the College of Psychiatry of Ireland, said: “We were absolutely delighted to succeed in our bid to bring this prestigious event to Ireland and to showcase all that Dublin has to offer. The CCD itself ticks all of our boxes and is a high specification venue offering excellent facilities, technology and hospitality.”

Marie Lawlor, Head of Conference Sales at The CCD, added: “We are very honoured to host ESCAP 2013, and look forward to welcoming delegates from the society’s 32 member countries to this prestigious event”

The ESCAP Congress will be open for child and adolescent psychiatrists and colleagues who are working in the CAP field, such as psychologists, nurses, teachers, policy makers and other professionals that are working with children and adolescents.

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Notes to Editors

About The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland is the professional body for psychiatrists in Ireland and the sole body recognised by the Medical Council and the HSE for Competence Assurance and Training in Psychiatry, offering membership (for psychiatrists & trainees) of an Irish institution which aims to be the voice of psychiatry in Ireland. There are many faculties within the College one of which is the Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.


The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) evolved from the Union of European Paedopsychiatrists (UEP) which had its first meeting in October 1954 in Magglingen, Switzerland. The organisation changed its name twice: firstly in 1982 into European Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and then in 1983 into European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP). ESCAP aims to promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe, to increase quality of life among children and families and to ensure children's right for healthy development and wellbeing. Today ESCAP has Child and Adolescent psychiatrist members from 32 countries.

About The CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey. The award-winning venue is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms and six spacious foyer levels. Its iconic design includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 3,000 guests. The CCD offers the latest technology throughout its flexible and delegate-friendly venue, with an experienced and passionate team. The CCD is committed to sustainability and best practices, and has secured ISO Certification for quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems, as well as the British Security Standard (BS7499). The CCD is a member of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) and was recognised in June 2012 as a runner up for the AIPC Apex Award for ‘World’s Best Convention Centre’.   For more information, please visit

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