EWCD started up in 1998 with ”Death on the Rocks” in L’Aquila, Italy as a response to the established meetings that were expensive and where PI’s and invited speakers were at the centre. It was organized by four postdocs Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Michael Hahne, Jan Paul Medema and Henning Walczak, with the aim to enable students and post-docs to attend a scientific meeting of high standard that was affordable, and where all participants were equal (i.e. no invited speakers and participants were selected solely on the quality of their submitted abstract). This is still the corner stone of EWCD and the workshop series is now among the most recognized and popular meetings in the field of cell death research.
Nature articles about the meeting: