Welcome to Vilnius !


On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing committees I would like to invite you to participate in the Vilnius meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders.

For the first time an international conference on eating disorders takes place in the former Soviet region. The meeting will bring together specialists from all over Europe and beyond to share their knowledge, to discuss and debate new approaches, and to meet professionals from a part of the world where services are either under-developed or completely absent, where the desire to learn from European colleagues is particularly strong and where societies are still in the process of transformation from a totalitarian past to an open society based on the rule of law.

The main theme of the conference is Eating Disorders in Multicultural Settings, a very important issue in a multi-ethnic and globalized world where communities are increasingly diverse and as a result professionals are challenged to take a wide variety of socio-cultural aspects into account when providing state of the art treatment.

Vilnius itself is a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city with a rich and complicated history, and is experiencing a renaissance after decades of war and totalitarian rule, resulting in an exciting and stimulating environment. We invite you to be a part of this during the September 2017 Eating Disorder meeting.

Brigita Baks
ECED2017 Conference Chair
Psychiatrist and psychoanalytical therapist,
Founder and director of the Center for Eating Disorders at the Vilnius Mental Health Center, Vilnius


Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to extend a warm invitation to the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) which this year is to be held in Vilnius. Since our first meeting in 1986 in London we have met every two years in a different European city.

Although some things have changed, the principles and procedures have not.  From its foundation, the ECED was seen as a clinical debating forum where one could also discuss relevant clinical topics in a semi-formal setting.

The ECED brings colleagues throughout Europe together in a collegiate atmosphere. You will find there are opportunities to just sit and talk, and follow through on topics that either have been part of the plenaries, concurrent sessions or debates. Most of all, there is an appreciation that our problems are common from wherever we have come from and that we should determine how we will deal with clinical, ethical, financial and political issues which influence our work.

To assist, there will be good food and wine, and hopefully laughter.

Welcome to the ECED and come to Vilnius!

Prof. Hubert Lacey
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
St George’s, University of London, London