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Letter from President of the ESCD

2 April, 2020

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

With all the uncertainties created by the rapid spread of Covid-19 virus throughout the world and further tightening restrictions in many countries including the Netherlands, we had to conclude that it is impossible to hold our congress in Amsterdam in June this year.

With deep regret we had to announce the cancellation of that date of our congress. We are aware of the disappointments and potential consequences for many of us. However, we ask for your understanding in these difficult times.

We are very glad to have found a new date, December 14 to 16 2020. I hope all of you can come to Amsterdam and enjoy the friendly pre-Christmas atmosphere of the town. Together, we can do our best to have a good and hopefully safe ESCD congress later this year.

We will keep you updated with all relevant information on our website. The General Assembly is going to take place on Wednesday, 16 December 2020. Until this date the current presidency and representatives continue with their work as usual.

Wishing all of you the very best and looking forward to seeing you in good health and to welcoming you in Amsterdam,

On behalf of the ESCD executive committee,

Thomas Rustemeyer
President of the ESCD

ESCD Congress 2020 postponed to 14-16 December 2020

13 March, 2020

Due to COVID-19 situation, the organising committee for the ESCD Congress 2020 has postponed to 14-16 December 2020

There is more information on the congress website.

Questions regarding cancellation, refunds, registration can only be answered by the Congress secretariat email: and not by the ESCD

ESCD travel grants – we will post new information within a few weeks.

Further details to follow.

President elect announcement soon

2 March, 2020

Until the formal nomination date we have received one candidate for the position of the President elect (President who starts his/her work in the Executive committee of the ESCD after election at the ESCD 2020 Amsterdam and will be current president after Kristiina Aalto-Korte).

A short summary on the candidate will be posted soon under Amsterdam 2020.

European Baseline series seeking comments

27 January, 2020

The group is seeking comments on proposed updated criteria for including allergens in the EBS building on previously published work. A bullet point summary can be downloaded below:

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Please send reasoned opinion to Mark Wilkinson  who is coordinating responses for the group by 1 March 2020.

Follow ESCD 2020 on social media

27 January, 2020

The ESCD 2020 organising committee is active on social media.

We hope this will create awareness with young researchers within this field to engage in ESCD activities, such as attending the congress and becoming a member of the ESCD.

Please follow along on any or all of the platforms below:

Preparations for new hand eczema guidelines

13 November, 2019

Would members with clinical experience with hand eczema and recent documented research, please participate in establishing a working group?

The group will discuss guideline changes over email and video calls, write the guidelines to the agreed deadline* and attend a meeting at the congress in Amsterdam on Wednesday 17 June 2020. * Submission to Contact Dermatitis in October 2020

If you are interested, please email by 5 December or sooner.

ESCD Congress 2020

21 August, 2019

The Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis is designed to provide a forum for experts from around the world to present and discuss cutting-edge issues. Delegates are anticipated to include clinicians, scientists and members of the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

The meeting program from June 17-20, 2020 will reflect areas of current scientific and clinical interest in all aspects of contact dermatitis and allergic skin disease. There will be opportunities for free communications, either as oral or poster presentations. Time will be available for informal discussion. The exhibition space will provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to interact with leaders in the field.

The Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage is situated in the heart of Amsterdam with easy access by air, rail and road. June is an excellent time to visit Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands.

Register before 1 February 2020 and enjoy the lower early bird fee!



Call for ESCD research project funding 2019

30 April, 2019

A call for research funding is hereby announced for members of the ESCD. The project must relate to the objectives of the ESCD and thus promote the understanding and increase the knowledge on fields of interest for the ESCD such as cutaneous allergy, contact dermatitis, occupational and environmental dermatoses. The budget is limited to €10,000

How to apply:
Apply online

Deadline 2 August 2019. Winner announced 27 September 2019.

The Executive Committee of the ESCD will appoint neutral expert evaluators after having reviewed the applications.

Final report:
The PI shall submit a report on the major results of the project and an account of the money used. The report shall be sent to the Secretary of the Society no later than 6 months after the termination of the project. The report with the major results will be presented on the website.

Presentation of results: 
The PI, with collaborators, are encouraged to present results from the project at scientific meetings/congresses and in scientific publications, for example at the biannual ESCD congress and in the Journal of Contact Dermatitis when suitable. The funding from the ESCD should be acknowledged in these presentations.

ESCD “best paper award” 2018/2

11 March, 2019

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 2/2018 has been awarded for the contribution “Activation of T cells by dendritic cells exposed to a reference sensitizer: Towards a promising model to assess the allergenic potential of chemicals” by Isabelle Sponne et al., National Institute for Research and Safety (INRS), Dept. of Toxicology and Biometrology, Rue du Morvan, CS 60027, 54019 Vandœvre-lès-Nancy, France. It has been published in Contact Dermatitis 2018 Aug;79(2):67-75, see

Wolfgang Uter, 11 March 2019