Towards a scar'less' world...

1st International Scar Conference of Scar Academy

3 - 4 June 2016

After having organised scar courses in three different countries, the next step in the development of Scar Academy is organising a 2-day International Conference with a renowned International Faculty.

For its first edition, this conference took place in combination with the celebration of 15 years OSCARE, the founding organisation of Scar Academy. This conference aimed at all care providers treating / interested in burns and scars. The venue as held in the beautiful historical city of Antwerp.





  • Mathias Aust (Bonn, Germany)
  • Lieve De Cuyper (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Ruthann Fanstone (London, United Kingdom)
  • Gerd Gauglitz (Munich, Germany)
  • Ioannis Goutos (London, United Kingdom)
  • Henk Hoeksema (Gent, Belgium)
  • Cynthia Lafaire (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Koen Maertens (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Esther Middelkoop (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Naiem Moiemen (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Peter Moortgat (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Thomas Rose (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Kayvan Shokrollahi (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Luc Teot (Montpellier, France)
  • Eric Van den Kerckhove (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Nancy Van Loey (Beverwijk, The Netherlands)
  • Paul van Zuijlen (Beverwijk, The Netherlands)

Download the detailed programme here

The programme will consist of keynote lectures, free presentations, workshops and will cover the following topics:

  • A journey inside the scar: Pathophysiology, cell therapies and mechanisms of action
  • A scar”less” world: Innovations in anti-scarring agents
  • The more the merrier: Combination therapies in scarring
  • Prevention is better than cure: Wound healing as the ultimate anti-scarring agent
  • To look for a needle in a haystack: Scar assessment & research
  • God made hands before knives: Non-invasive scar management techniques
  • The patient in the centre of the ‘Care’ universe: PROM’s and QOL
  • Reconstruction time again: Scar revision and skin substitutes
  • Search the horizon: Long-term outcome
  • From the beginning till the end: Scarring in children and the elderly


Antwerp, Belgium:

Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders. Besides the many historical buildings that are reminiscent of the city's heyday in the 16th century, Antwerp boasts a lively shopping and entertainment scene as well as many cultural attractions.

The city is also known for its diamonds, fashion and Flemish artists such as Rubens and van Dyck, of whom many works can be admired in the local museums.


Hof van Liere:

The beautiful 16th-century Hof van Liere and the adjacent historic buildings, which were constructed by the Jesuits in the 17th century, are an oasis of calm in the bustling city centre.

The central Hof Van Liere, on the University of Antwerp’s Stadscampus, belongs to Antwerp’s cultural-historical patrimony. The regal building was built in 1516, commissioned by the Mayor of Antwerp at that time, Aert van Liere. Antwerp was on the threshold of its ‘golden’ 16th century, a fact that is evidenced by this beautiful building in the Brabant Gothic style.

Since 2009, the University of Antwerp’s department for Catering and Convention Halls has had ten different spaces available for hire with corresponding catering services. The unique location of the Hof van Liere gives these venues a special added value for both national and international conventions.