21st International
ISPS Congress

Stranger in the city
On the circular relationship between alienation and psychosis and the healing power of human reconnection
28 August - 1 September 2019, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Welcome
to Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Refreshingly Dutch
Remarkably international

The story of the city, the bombardment and reconstruction, and the drive to innovate that locals still use today to shape their city all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. Everything seems possible here, and there’s so much left to explore. Is Rotterdam a must-see city? Absolutely!

Rotterdam is a young, dynamic global city, continuously renewing itself at a rapid rate. Sparkling skyscrapers, an impressive port, trendy restaurants and food markets, renowned museums and awesome festivals are the direct result of the can-do mentality of the Rotterdammers. Add to that the many extraordinary attractions and city tours – by bike, bus, boat or on foot – and you understand why Rotterdam was voted Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.

Full of energy and innovation, Rotterdam reinvented itself after the bombing of the Second World War. It broke with the past and chose modern architecture. The motto: light, air and space, was ground breaking for that time. Rotterdam still embraces experimentation: almost anything is possible. Here, you are constantly surprised by new initiatives: from a rooftop city farm to a music festival in the harbour, from an exclusive rooftop bar to a brewery in an old warehouse.

Rotterdam is also a city which attracted many poor people and many migrants. Rotterdam was one of the first cities in the Netherlands which recognized this problem. City council took many conventional and non convential measures to improve the lives of its inhabitants. This issue touches the theme of the conference.

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Psychosis is more common in big cities, defragmented neighborhoods and among migrants living apart

Why?

In this conference epidemiologic researchers, cultural scientists, clinicians and people with psychotic experiences and their families will discuss to answer this question and what to do about it.

Remember: the healing power of human reconnection