The congress organisers


IFOTES decided to hold its international congress in 2023, in continuity with the previous congresses on emotional health.
IFOTES mandated ARTESS to organise the congress on its behalf.  ARTESS has agreed to act as local organiser and to organise the congress in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.

Organizers & Partners
Under the patronage of the European Parliament
Patronage and contribution
Patronage and collaboration
Media partner
Support of
Collaboration of local companies that make a difference
Steering Committee and Scientific Committee


  • Sonja Karrer, IFOTES president - Chair of the Committee (CH)
  • Michael Grundhoff, IFOTES vice president (D)
  • Jaap Jakobs, ARTESS Board member (NL)
  • Diana Rucli, ARTESS president - Congress coordinator (I)


  • Yaël Liebkind, IFOTES member of the International Committee, director of la Main Tendue Genève (CH) – Chair of the Committee
  • Astrid Höpperger, IFOTES member of the International Committee, director of Telefonseelsorge Innsbruck (A)
  • Mit Van Paesschen,  IFOTES member of the International Committee, director of Tele-Onthaal Vlaams-Brabant en Brussel (B)
  • Reka Szente, LESZ member (H)
  • Melinda Medgyaszai, psychotherapist and microbiologist (H)
  • Stefania Pascut, Healthy Cities Project Coordinator, Udine (I)