Eating Disorders International Conference 2020

UPDATE: Information on Coronavirus

13 March 2020

In light of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation, Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders regret to announce that the Eating Disorders International Conference will NOT be taking place as planned at the University of Strathclyde on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2020.

We have been monitoring the COVID 19 developments closely and continuously and while we have been making every possible adjustment to ensure we could continue with the event, we must put the health and safety of our attendees first and not put any further strain on the medical profession at this unprecedented time.

It is not a decision we have taken lightly and we recognise it will impact those planning to attend as well as Beat as a charity. We understand you will have questions about this decision and we ask for your understanding here; our conference team will now have a great deal of work to do following this decision. We will be sending a further communication next week including information about refunds, and we hope you will bear with us until then, while we take the necessary logistical steps, and while we communicate this news to all affected.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

EDIC’s programme is designed by experts and influenced by the experiences of people who have recovered from their illness or family members who have supported a loved one through recovery.

Organised by Beat in collaboration with the Faculty of Eating Disorders of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, EDIC 2020 is influenced by the experiences of people who have recovered from their illness, and family members who have supported a loved one into recovery, and several sessions will be supported or led by Beat Ambassadors.

Keynotes will present on topics of critical importance, while seminars, workshops and other breakout sessions will explore a wider range of emerging research findings. A planned range of fringe sessions will offer opportunities to look at eating disorders from different angles.

EDIC 2020 is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the cutting edge of research and to explore how it can be used to improve policy and practice for people affected by eating disorders.

Who Should Attend?

Academics, researchers and professors 
  • Learn, network and engage with your peers at the cutting edge of eating disorder research across the globe. 
  • Come together to hear from experts and those who are experts by their own experience at EDIC 2020, organised by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatry’s Faculty of Eating Disorders. 
Doctors and clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists 
  • Improve your eating disorder practice at EDIC 2020: learn about cutting edge research, hear from experts through their own experience of an eating disorder and network with peers across the eating disorder field. 
  • CPD accredited, EDIC will enhance your confidence in your practice and career progression.
  • Learn from, engage and network with eating disorder experts working at the cutting edge of research across the globe to inform and improve services commissioned in your area. 
  • Organised by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatry’s Faculty of Eating Disorders, the programme has been co-produced with experts through their own experience of recovery. 
Students and Medical students 
  • Shape your career, boost your knowledge and deepen understanding of eating disorders at EDIC 2020. 
  • Learn about cutting edge research from leaders in the field, engage with experts through their own experience of an eating disorder and network with clinicians from across the globe. 
  • EDIC 2020 is accessible for you, Beat are offering discounted rates for students looking to pursue a career in eating disorder care and treatment.


We're delighted to announce the confirmed themes for EDIC 2020:

  • Brain theories & interventions
  • Early intervention
  • Community alternatives to admission
  • LGBTQ+ communities & eating disorders

More programme announcements will be made soon.

EDIC 2020 scientific programme committee

  • Paul Robinson (Chair)
  • Janet Treasure
  • Ulrike Schmidt
  • Richard Taylor
  • Rhys Jones
  • Jane Morris
  • Stephen Anderson
  • Dasha Nicholls 
  • Ursula Philpot
  • Ashish Kumar 

EDIC 2018 testimonials

“I think this is one of the best conferences I have attended – great range of topics and workshops and always great to meet new people and catch up with old colleagues.” 
“Thank you for such an informative event. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and have come away with so much knowledge that I can not only apply to my own recovery, but also within my role as a professional.”
“I think it's long overdue to have more contributions from people with lived experience at major conferences and so I found the Beat Ambassador's input really excellent.”
“Fantastic conference – it's not often that you get to 5.30pm on day 2 of a conference and still feel energised and want more!”
“It was even better than anticipated and I found it to be informative and inspiring!

If you have any queries about EDIC 2020, please email or call 01275 266003.

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