The ESDR Academy for Future Leaders in Dermatology is an annual educational event that was launched in 2011. It brings together highly gifted young scientists and renowned senior scientists from dermatological departments all over Europe for a 2.5 day meeting. Applicants are invited to apply to join the Academy by 31 March of the year in which the Academy is held. Applications are reviewed on scientific merit by the ESDR Scientific Program Committee. ESDR committees are also responsible for inviting senior faculty.
All attendees give oral presentations their work and there are lectures from senior scientists as well as breakout and mentoring sessions.
The goal of this initiative is to encourage excellent young dermatologists to further pursue their academic careers through guidance and mentoring of established scientists in the field. Besides scientific sessions, there is a strong emphasis on encouraging attendees to network and to exchange ideas with their peers amd mentors.
Alumni of the Academy organise a highly successful Future Leaders Symposium which takes place at the annual ESDR meeting.