30th Anniversary International Congress on Eating Disorders 2023, October 20-21, 2023


Video recordings of the congress can be accessed on our website with a link and password. If you did not receive this, please send an email to kongressbuero@netzwerk-essstoerungen.at. All other information can be found under Past Congresses (Vergangene Kongresse).


Our anniversary congress will take place from 20 – 21 October 2023 at the Congress Center Alpbach, Tyrol and we are pleased to draw your attention to the 30th Congress on Eating Disorders 2023.


As every year, our congress is aimed at people affected by eating disorders and their relatives, general practitioners, school doctors, dentists, specialists in pediatrics, psychiatry in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, as well as all doctors in training, psychologists and psychotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, nurses and other professions who want to expand their expertise in the special field of eating disorders.


The aim of the congress, which will be held virtually and on-site in a hybrid format, is to present the current state of research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and obesity and to promote scientific and clinical-therapeutic exchange. The two-day event will include presentations on clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic topics related to eating disorders, as well as presentations by support groups, family members, and eating disorder sufferers.




We are looking forward to receiving your registrations.



For your journey to Alpbach, it is best to take the express train (ICE/IC/EC) to Jenbach (20 km) or Wörgl (25 km) or the regional train to Brixlegg (10 km) or Rattenberg (12 km). If you arrive by train or bus, you can take the VVT ​​line (Regiobus) to Alpbach free of charge with your accommodation reservation confirmation from/to Jenbach, Wörgl, Brixlegg and Rattenberg train stations. On site you will receive the free Alpbachtal Card from the respective landlord. During your stay, this serves as a pass for journeys with the Regiobus and offers additional inclusive services.


For our anniversary congress we were able to win seven excellent experts from all relevant areas on the subject of eating disorders as keynote speakers. We are happy to announce:


Prof. Dr. Eric Stice

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (USA). His research focuses on identifying risk factors that predict the onset of eating disorders, obesity, substance abuse, and depression. He developed a dissonance-based eating disorder prevention program, the Body Project, that has been implemented in 140 countries. Lori Irving Awardee for Excellence in Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness from the National Eating Disorder Association and Christina Barz Awardee from the World Psychiatric Association.

Working title: Risk factors that predict future onset of each eating disorder: Implications for more effective prevention programs


Prof. Yael Latzer DSc.

Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, University of Haifa. Founder and Director of the Eating Disorders Institution; Psychiatric Unit of Rambam, Health Care Campus, Haifa. She also designed and established an innovative rehabilitation home for women with severe eating disorders (“Zeida Laderech“), for which she received a prestigious national Mental Health Award. She has also served as an adviser to the Israeli Parliament and was instrumental in changing treatment policies for eating disorders (ED). She is known both locally and internationally as an expert in the field of ED.

Working title: Stopping the “Revolving door”: A unique rehabilitation


Prof. Dr. Martin Teufel

President of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS), Director of the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the LVR University Hospital in Essen; Vice Director of the West German Cancer Center (WTZ); Board Member, Center for Translational and Behavioral Neuroscience (C-TNBS), Essen. Hans Roemer Prize winner for “outstanding work in the field of psychosomatics” due to his work in the field of obesity. Expert in the field of eating and weight disorders as well as somatopsyche/ psycho-oncology.

Working title: Obesity: weight of emotion and behavior.


Priv. Doz. DDR. Sabrina Mörkl

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapeutic medicine, scientist, lecturer at the Medical University of Graz (MUG). Co-opted board member of the Austrian Society for Nutrition (ÖGE). Her specialty is “Nutritional Psychiatry”, which deals with the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses with nutrition.

Working title: The Microbiome / Gut-Brain-Axis in Eating Disorders


Prof. Dr. Stephan Zipfel

Specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, specialist in internal medicine, Medical Director of the Department for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Medical University Clinic in Tübingen and professor for psychosomatic medicine at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Head of the Competence Center for Eating Disorders (KOMET), president elect International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM) and Vice-Dean. Main areas of work and research: Eating disorders, somatoform and functional disorders, psycho-oncology.

Working title: Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa – Long-term results


Anna Hofer, MA

Studied clinical social work and is currently a research associate in the DigiBEssst project – Digital Counseling for Eating Disorders.

Prof. Dr. phil. Eva Wunderer

Graduate psychologist and systemic couple and family therapist (DGSF). Professor for psychological aspects of social work at the Landshut University of Applied Sciences. The focus is on the areas of eating disorders, clinical social work, clinical psychology and systemic therapy; numerous research projects and publications. Psychotherapeutically specialized in the field of systemic work with children and adolescents, especially eating disorders.

Title: Professional help with one click?! – Tacking stock and discussing quality guidelines for digital counseling for eating disorders in Germany.


Prof. Dr. Cristina Segura Garcia

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Magna Graecia (UOC) in Catanzaro (Italy) and Medical Director at the UOC for Psychiatry. Director of the Outpatient Clinic for Clinical Research and Treatment of Eating Disorders in Catanzaro and member of national (SIP, SIPA, SOPSI, SIO) and international (AED) scientific societies. Main activity clinical and scientific work in the field of eating disorders, in particular Binge Eating Disorder.

Working title: 10 years of BED in DSM-5


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Congress organization

Sarah Hauke BSc, Daniel Purtscheller MSc, Lena Ribitsch BSc


Convenor & Chair 

Dr. Karin Waldherr

Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, Wiener Neustadt; vice-president of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schüßler
Medical University Innsbruck/ MedUni Graz


Co-Convenors & Co-Chairs 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz
Medical University Vienna; president of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders


Assoc. Prof. PD Mag.a Dr.in Gudrun Wagner
Medical University Vienna


In collaboration with:

Austrian Society for Eating Disorders (ASED)