EWCD meetings are held bi-annually and have proved increasingly successful among the international cell death research community. Each one is held in a different European location, which is selected for its unique atmosphere. The EWCD is a broad spectrum scientific conference focussing on all aspects of cell death and lasts for four days in the spring/summer of every second year.
Past topics have included caspases and their regulation, anti- and pro-apoptotic signalling mechanisms, TNF family members, ubiquitin-dependent signalling, clinical aspects of apoptosis and alternative modes of cell death, including autophagy and necroptosis. The vast majority of participants give oral presentations and are usually PhD students or post-docs, some of which can participate free of charge due to the availability of scholarships.
The selection criteria for presentation of data are based solely on the quality and novelty of research and there are no invited speakers. This means that the ambience of the meeting is particularly special. Although the science is taken very seriously and the sessions are formal the overall atmosphere is very friendly and non-intimidating. This unique environment is reflected in the increasing popularity of the EWCD series.