Highlights at a glance

In recent years the DGPPN Congress has established itself as a central forum for psychiatry and psychotherapy. 2020 leading figures from research, science, politics and society have agreed to participate in the digital congress.


Alcohol addiction
Andreas Heinz, Berlin (Germany)
Falk Kiefer, Mannheim (Germany)

Frank Jessen, Cologne (Germany)
Lutz Frölich, Mannheim (Germany)

Psychotic disorders
Peter Falkai, Munich (Germany)
Christoph U. Correll, Berlin/New York (USA)

These State-of-the-art-symposia will be held in English.

Michael Marmot
Who gets ill, who stays healthy and to what extent do social influences in childhood favor the development of mental illnesses in adulthood? The British professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London has been researching these relationships for decades. He examines the social causes of health and illness and works out what the individual health opportunities depend on. This session will be held in English.

Daniel Weinberger
The leading neuroscientist is known for his work on identifying genetic factors and biochemical mechanisms in the development of mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia. Weinberger discovered that a tiny gene variation combined with prenatal stress increases the risk of schizophrenia five-times. In the future, these findings could help to better estimate the individual risk of mental illness and possibly to minimize it in the womb, which equates to a scientific breakthrough. This session will be held in English.

Martin Paulus
Martin Paulus conducts research at the interface between neurology and psychiatry and looks for biomarkers that allow the prognosis of mental illness to be better predicted. At the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Oklahoma, he tries to get to the bottom of anxiety and addiction disorders using imaging techniques. He uses innovative methods and computational psychiatry to translate the latest scientific findings into everyday clinical practice. This session will be held in English.

Eva Illouz
The internationally known professor of sociology and anthropology is one of the most important intellectuals of our time. Illouz teaches at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, among others. Her research interests include the sociology of emotions, consumer society, and media culture. In her much discussed publications Eva Illouz examines love in the age of capitalism. In her digital lecture she will talk about emotions related to racism.This session will be held in English.

Suman Fernando
Fernando is a leading expert when it comes to the effects of ethnicity and culture on topical mental health issues. He deals with racism in psychiatric services and questions the traditional ideas that influence the practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry to promote new and alternative ways of thinking. This session will be held in English.

German keynote speakers

Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD)
Around four million children and adolescents in Germany grow up with parents who are mentally ill or addicted. They are exposed to particularly high loads and, according to scientific findings, have a significantly increased risk of becoming mentally ill. The Federal Minister for Family Affairs therefore wants to expand support for these families. She will honor the DGPPN Congress with a welcome address. This session will be held in German.

Otto Kernberg
He is one of the best-known psychiatrists and psychoanalysts: Otto Kernberg's work is the research and treatment of severe personality disorders. He has made significant contributions not only to narcissism, but also to borderline disorders, perversions and the antisocial spectrum. He is also wellknown for the transference-focused psychotherapy. This session will be held in German.

Uwe Timm
His research and discovery trips have taken him to Namibia, Peru and the Easter Islands. This is how the novel "Morenga" deals with the colonial war in German South-West Africa in 1904. What happened for more than three years in what is now independent Namibia, Uwe Timm has in one montage of historical documents and fictional records of the senior veterinarian Gottschalk from Hamburg condensed historical novel from which he will read at the digital congress. This session will be held in German.

Michael von Cranach
Last year he received the Wilhelm-Griesinger-Medal from the DGPPN for his work in memory of all mentally ill people who fell victim to National Socialism. During his time as medical director of the Kaufbeuren district hospital, he initiated the revision of "Aktion T4". The psychiatrist and thought leader of social psychiatry is still a central figure in the process of reappraising the role of psychiatrists in the Nazi era. This session will be held in German.

Isabel Dziobek
Isabel Dziobek is leader of the department for social interaction problems at the Humboldt University Berlin. Some people experience theses problems as part of a mental illness such as Autism, social anxiety disorder, or chronic depression. The main focus of her work lies in the diagnosis and treatment of autism and Asperger's syndrome. This session will be held in German.

Luc Ciompi
The Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist is the founder of the therapeutic community "Soteria Berne", a community-based care system for rehabilitation and crisis intervention, based on an integrative psycho-socio-biological approach to mental illness. He is the founder of the theory of affect logic. The Meet-the-Expert session is entitled "Affect Logic, synergetics and the principle of minimizing free energy - new ways to understand and treatment ot schizophrenic psychoses". This session will be held in German.

Eva-Lotta Brakemeier
The psychotherapist and professor of clinical psychology and psychotherapy is an all-rounder in the field of psychotherapy. Her broad interests include personalized psychotherapy, side effects of psychotherapy and neuro-urbanism. Particular attention is paid to the treatment of patients who do not respond to the usual evidence-based treatment methods. It uses modern approaches such as  CBASP. This session will be held in German.

Amma Yeboah
Amma Yeboah is a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy with many years of clinical experience in acute psychiatry. Among other things, she is an empowerment trainer for People of Color and Critical Whiteness. Amma Yeboah's main areas of teaching and research at Cologne University Hospital are gender-specific care, racism and mental health, intersectionality and trauma disorders. This session will be held in German.

Gerd Kempermann
The neurologist is an expert in adult neurogenesis. He examines how new nerve cells emerge in the adult brain. The focus here is on physical and cognitive activity and epigenetic mechanisms. Kempermann wants to understand the function of new nerve cells in the hippocampus in order to gain a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and depression. This session will be held in German.

Inge Missmahl

The psychoanalyst and founder of ipso gGmbH is committed to supporting people in need. In Afghanistan, she developed a culture-sensitive psychosocial counseling approach. Today, the nonprofit humanitarian organization trains refugees to become psychosocial counselors to help other refugees become actors in their own integration. This session will be held in German.

Martin Fischer
The concept of "race" is the result of racism and not its prerequisite. The evolutionary researcher and zoologist Martin Fischer recently explained in the "Jena Declaration" that there is no biological reason for the term "human race". It says: "The non-use of the term race should be part of scientific honesty today and in the future." This session will be held in German.

Claas Happach
The specialist in psychiatry, psychosomatics and neurology is head of the clinic at Bethesda Hospital in Hamburg-Bergedorf. He is a trained psychoanalyst and learned mentalization-based therapy (MBT) from its founders Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman in London. The psychotherapeutic work in his clinic is based on psychodynamic and systemic aspects. This session will be held in German.

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