Eating Disorders 2021 – 28th International Conference



We are pleased to inform you of the preliminary program for this year’s congress. You can access the program at the following link: Eating Disorder Conference Preliminary Programme


This year’s conference will be held October 22-23 in a hybrid format. It will be possible to attend the conference


  • on-site at the Congress Centrum Alpbach in Tyrol, Austria, or
  • virtually


We request speakers to attend the congress on-site, if possible. If you register for on-side attendance and cannot travel to Alpbach because of travel restrictions due to Covid-19, you will be reimbursed for the difference to the virtual participation.


The arrangements for the conference are in progress. The programme isin progress and it is expected to be completed by mid-July. Further information regarding the conference will follow in the near future.


Due to the numerous abstract sumissions, a feedback regarding the acceptance of abstracts will be sent out on July 5th 2021.


We are happy to inform you that it will probably be possible for all speakers to attend the event on-site.
The current restrictions of Covid-19 according to the Ministry will apply and an online participation is unrestrictedly possible.


We are looking forward to an exciting and interesting congress!



Here you can find the price list for this year’s conference.

To the congress registration



Please understand that there will only be a limited number of places available for on-site participation in the Congress Centrum Alpbach.



Key Note Speaker


We are pleased to introduce the Key Note Speaker for the Eating Disorder Conference 2021!



Tracey Wade


Transdiagnostic risk factors and treatment approaches for eating disorders


Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Tracey Wade completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University (1992), and a PhD at Flinders University (1998). Since 2000 she has worked in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. She is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in 2016 she was made an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Distinguished Achievement Award, and appointed a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She is the director of the Flinders University Services for Eating Disorders and conducts research across a range of clinical settings and schools, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is currently director of the Órama Research Institute.



Stephan Herpertz


Psychosocial questions about obesity surgery: what do we know or think we know?


Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Herpertz is Director of the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the LWL University Hospital in Bochum and President of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS). His research focusses on obesity, eating disorders and psychodiabetology.



Stephen Wonderlich


Integrative Cognitive-Affective Therapy: Basic Behavioral Science to Randomized Controlled Trials


Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D., is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He serves as Vice President and Chief of Behavioral Health Research at Sanford Health. He also serves as Co-Director for the Sanford Eating Disorder and Weight Management Center and also the Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research.

He has published widely in the literature. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for several professional journals, is a Past-President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and was a member of the Eating Disorder Workgroup for DSM-5. He serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors for several eating disorder organizations, including the Eating Disorder Research Society, Academy for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Coalition, and the National Eating Disorder Association.



Eva Wunderer


“Social cure” and “social curse”: group processes in institutions for people with eating disorders – blessing or curse?


Eva Wunderer, Prof. Dr. phil., is a graduate psychologist and systemic couple and family therapist. She studied and did her doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In 2009 she was appointed professor for psychological aspects of social work at the Landshut University of Applied Sciences. She specialices in (systemic) work with children and adolescents, especially in the area of eating disorders.



Barbara Mangweth-Matzek


Eating disorders, pregnancy and motherhood


Barbara Mangweth-Matzek (Prof. Dr. MMaga) has been working at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Department for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics since 1994. As a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, her focus is on eating disorders, which she also researches scientifically from a wide variety of aspects. She currently works at the psychosomatic outpatient clinic and works in the eating disorder clinic, the fertility clinic (in the context of disturbed eating behavior) and in the psychological evaluation and care of bariatric patients.



Convenors & Chairs 


Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Karin Waldherr
Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, Vienna


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schuessler
Medical University Innsbruck



Co-Convenors & Co-Chairs 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz

Vienna Medical University


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Bailer

Univ. of California, San Diego, USA



Congress organization


Netzwerk Essstörungen
Templstrasse 22
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
T + 43-512-57 60 26
F + 43-512-58 36 54



In collaboration with:


Austrian Society for Eating Disorders (ÖGES)
Medical University Innsbruck