ESPGHAN has established a network a network of 27 National Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition in Europe and beyond.
The collaboration of the National Societies with ESPGHAN is vital in order to promote good clinical practice, high standards of education and high quality research within Europe. The National Societies' local knowledge, expertise and access to local communities guarantee the achievement of the above goals.
The support of ESPGHAN of the young trainees and the young researchers of the National Societies through various educational programs (exchange program, summer schools, young investigators forums etc) as well the support of the educational initiatives of the National Societies at a local level, comprise a permanent important strategic plan of ESPGHAN.
Every year, a Forum of the National Societies’ Representatives is held during the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting. ESPGHAN informs the National Representatives on its educational and other initiatives while, the National Representatives express their ideas and proposals for further collaboration.
A Newsletter with information of interest for the members of the National Societies is also available to all of the National Representatives.
In 2013, ESPGHAN together with the National Societies developed an European syllabus for training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology & nutrition aiming at harmonizing the subspecialty training within Europe. We very much expect that the National Societies will influence on the governmental bodies to achieve the above goal.
A list of all National Societies and their web sites (where available) can be found by clicking on the map above.
In 2014, a newly formed Committee, the ESPGHAN Public Affairs Committee (PAC) started working on developing a new interface of ESPGHAN with international Institutions, the European Commission and the European Parliament, continuing at the same time the efforts for strengthening the links with the National Societies. Alexandra Papadopoulou will be the contact member of PAC with the National Societies. National Societies Presidents/Representatives can send their proposals for collaboration throughout the year to Alexandra Papadopoulou at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Societies Meeting Amsterdam 2015 - Minutes
ESPGHAN National Societies Group