Bids for the 2025 EACD Annual Meeting


The AGM approved in November 2020 the proposal to open the bidding procedure for the 2025 EACD Annual Meeting in 2021, one year earlier than usual, and to give the bidding candidates the option to indicate if they are open for a EACD / IAACD joint meeting. Thereby leaving the option open for EACD to submit a bidding candidate for an EACD / IAACD joint meeting in 2025.

We are happy to present an excellent bidding candidate for the 2025 EACD Annual meeting: Heidelberg, Germany. The official vote for the hosting location of the EACD Annual Meeting in 2025 will be during the EACD Annual General Meeting, May 20th, 17:30-19:00 CET

Heidelberg, Germany

It is an honor and great privilege for us to invite EACD (and IAACD) to hold the 37th Annual (/ 4th Triennial Meeting) in Heidelberg, Germany, from June 23rd to 28th, 2025. See now who we are and what ambitions we have!

Conference theme: "Developing networks - networks for development"

An EACD Annual Meeting in Heidelberg will focus on strengthening and consolidating networks – meta and individual, in terms of knowledge, connecting countries, disciplines, institutions, patients and their families in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and cerebral palsy. This is further enhanced by a hybrid congress format, which makes the conference program easily accessible to anyone, from anywhere. There will be on-demand videos and live streams: an EACD 2025 meeting will be full of valuable content both on-site and online. Prepare to be amazed!

Interdisciplinary and networking – this is what the EACD (and IAACD) stands for as an academy, and is also the focus of this conference. Heidelberg University hosts a wide range of disciplines, patients and families. Diversity and collaboration are always held in high regard here. The chairs Rainer Blank and Christian Schaaf are representatives of two professional disciplines: both embody the clinical and basic science, sharing years of excellent cooperation – living a network of expertise, disciplines and institutions. Therefore, they will immensely enjoy being good hosts and bringing people together for a memorable conference experience.

The cooperation between the renowned Institute of Genetics of the University of Heidelberg and one of the largest and leading clinics for pediatric neurology and social pediatrics in Germany, the Children's Centre Maulbronn, is an outstanding example of networking within top-class assessment, basic research with state-of-the-art social pediatric, neuropaediatric and therapeutic treatment. In keeping with the spirit of networking, the meeting will be planned with the Childrens‘ Network Germany, the leading organisation representing self-aid groups in German speaking countries. The conference will also be supported by renowned non-medical faculties and by national associations.

Finally, as a highlight on networking, this conference is planning to apply as a joint meeting of the annual EACD and the triennial IAACD Conference. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Heidelberg in 2025!

Prof. Dr. Rainer Blank, MD
Specialist in Social and Developmental Pediatrics, Neuropediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; Medical and Managing Director at Children’s Center Maulbronn, Center for Child Neurology and Social Pediatrics and Academic Teaching Hospital of the University of Heidelberg; Professor, University of Heidelberg; EACD National coordinator of Germany; EACD Chairman of the Scientific Committee 2009 to 2013

Prof. Dr. Christian Schaaf, MD
Physician-Scientist, Board-certified Medical Geneticist; Professor and Department Chair of Human Genetics, University of Heidelberg; Medical and Executive Director of Clinical Genetics, Heidelberg University Hospital; Visiting Professor, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA; Chair of the Education Committee, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics 2015-2017; Chair of the Program Committee, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics 2018; Member of the Scientific Program Committee, European Society of Human Genetics 2020-2025.

More details about the Meeting Bid (PDF)