7th European Psychoanalytic Conference for University Students – EPCUS


The focus of this year's EPCUS conference will be repetition and transformation, significant concepts for understanding the structure of the psyche, progressive and regressive flows of human development, and elementary constituents of the process of psychoanalysis. Related topics will be addressed as well: psychic work, mourning and renunciation, and the question of discontinuity and time. In connection with this, we will present an introductory overview of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice.

The tendency to repeat satisfying experiences in life, in the interest of the so-called pleasure principle, is not difficult to understand. However, human beings can also be prone to repeat painful, sometimes traumatic experiences, often rooted in early childhood. These repetitions can cause stagnation and destruction and may prevent further development, change, and growth. In psychoanalysis, such dreadful repetitions can come to the fore and by that a process of transformation can take place. This enables new forms of relating to ourselves and to others.

Prominent European psychoanalysts will illustrate both sides of such repetition and transformation, using examples from psychoanalytic treatments well as from other social, political and cultural phenomena.

Alexander Janssen, Mercedes Puchol, Jasminka Šuljagić, Martin Teising



Heribert Blass, MD, is a psychoanalyst for adults, children and adolescents, training analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV). He is also a specialist in psychosomatic medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy. He works in private practice in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 2020 he is President of the EPF.

Christine Franckx, MD, is a training psychoanalyst and child analyst in the Belgian Psychoanalytic Society (IPA), of which she has been the President from 2016-2020. She works in Antwerp in private practice with adults and she created an analytic psychotherapy center for infants and their parents. She is a trainer in Infant Observation according to Esther Bick. Her interests and writings are related to early development and contemporary societal topics.

Anna Maria Nicolò, MD, is a psychiatrist for children. Member, training analyst and past president of the Italian Society of psychoanalysis (SPI).  She was chair, currently member, of the Forum Committee for the Psychoanalysis of Adolescents of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF). She is director of the journal Interazioni (Franco Angeli) and author of many papers in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

Professor Mark Solms was educated in South Africa. He emigrated to England and worked at the University College of London (Dept of Psychology) and the Royal London Hospital (Dept of Neurosurgery). Currently he is the Chair of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town. He received numerous prizes and honours and is Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. Director of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He has published 350 articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and he contributed to several books. His latest, The Hidden Spring, appeared in early 2021. 

Mercedes Puchol is a clinical psychologist, full member and training psychoanalyst of Madrid Psychoanalytical Association (APM-IPA) and current president of APM. Works in private practice in Madrid with adults, children and adolescents.

Majlis Winberg Salomonsson, Ph.D., is a training and child psychoanalyst at the Swedish Psychoanalytical Association, Stockholm, Sweden. She is working in private practice and as a teacher and supervisor at the Swedish Psychoanalytic Institute, at the European Psychoanalytic Institute, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program (EPI CAP), and at Stockholm University. She has published many papers and books.

Orna Hadary is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in full-time private practice. She teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and had taught for many years at the Tavistock Clinic and at other psychotherapy organisations in London and abroad.

Martin Teising, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, training analyst of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV), Past President of the DPV, Past President of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, European Representative in the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association 2015-2019. Many publications.

Alexander Janssen, training analyst and past-president of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society. Works in private practice in Amsterdam and Amersfoort. Past member of the board of the EPF. Chair of the IPA Task Force on Remote Psychoanalysis in training. Member of the IPA Sponsoring Committee Ukraine.

Jasminka Šuljagić, training analyst of the Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia and its former president. Works in private practice in Belgrade. Member and founder of the EPF Institutional Matters Forum, initiator of gatherings of regional societies within a biannual conference "Thinking on the Border". Member of the EPF Executive Board, as General Editor. Many presentations and publications.


General information

This conference is of interest for university students and recent graduates, especially in medicine, psychology and other cultural or language sciences.

All presentations will be in English.

Two possibilities to participate in the conference are offered:

  • participating in-person in the EPF House in Brussels (link to https://www.epf-fep.eu/eng/submenu/epf-house)
  • participation online

On the Home page you can find the latest information about possible restrictions by Covid in our house in Brussel. In particular what the maximum number of participants in Brussels will be in September. There will be no maximum for online participation.

The conference is held from Thursday, 29th September - Saturday, 1th of October 2022. Costs Euro 30.

For the conference registration - click here!

(document in WORD)


For further information, please contact Frank Goderniaux: frank.goderniaux@epf-fep.eu, Alex Janssen: a.m.janssen@xs4all.nl, Martin Teising: teising@t-online.de, Jasminka Šuljagić: jasminkasuljagic@gmail.com, or Mercedes Puchol: mpuchol@futurnet.es

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