“Trauma in Lives and Communities  – Victims, Violators, Prevention and Recovery”

Dear Colleagues and Friends

Preparations for the 11th European Conference on Traumatic Stress (ECOTS) of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) in Oslo, Norway, are now in full swing. We are very proud to have the 11th ECOTS in Norway which has a strong tradition of being a world leader when it comes to research and service provision in the traumatic stress field. The conference will focus on trauma in lives and communities, covering victims, violators, prevention and recovery. We have been fortunate to attract a group of high quality keynote speakers and will be able to provide a programme that covers a wide range of topics and includes something for everybody with an interest in the traumatic stress field.

As with previous ECOTS conferences the 11th will offer the opportunity for likeminded individuals to share their experiences, ideas and the results of their work. The ESTSS is justifiably proud of the growth of the ECOTS since they started in 1988. The ECOTS have been instrumental in helping to establish a strong European trauma network for professionals in the field of psychotraumatology, and always attract a truly international audience. We are very pleased that the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies will be holding their mid year board meeting in Oslo at the same time as the conference and that many of their Board of Directors will present at the conference.

Those of you who have visited Oslo in the past already know that it is a beautiful city with much to offer. June is the perfect time to visit! We hope that you will encourage your friends and colleagues to attend and look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Oslo in June 2009.

Jonathan Bisson President of ESTSS

Jonathan Bisson
President of ESTSS