ESPGHAN Paediatric Nutrition: Beyond the Nutrients

Application Deadline: 28.02.2017

Registration Fee

Registration Fee (single room) (300.00€)

Registration Fee (double room) (200.00€)

Paediatric Nutrition: Beyond The Nutrients - Summer School 

Rapid changes in the nutritional sciences make it particularly important to stay up-to-date with the latest research and treatment paradigms, in order to provide optimal nutritional advice and care for infants and children.

Very few courses focus on the paediatric age-group, or on the evidence behind nutritional recommendations and practices.

The ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition Summer School is designed to:

• offer a comprehensive curriculum on paediatric nutritional research, focusing on current ‘hot topics’

• serve as an introduction to evidence-based medicine in the field of nutrition

• provide evidence-based advice on nutrition for healthy infants and children and on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of paediatric nutritional diseases

• offer unique opportunities to learn from and interact with expert faculty from various European centres, as well as from participants from around the world with an interest in nutrition

• provide knowledge transfer in an interactive way

• give delegates the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from Faculty


This 5-day Summer School will be held at Cala Ponte Hotel ( in Polignano a Mare (Bari), Italy.

Polignano a mare is a small village on the Adriatic Coast. The city has a unique historic centre, full of charming streets and characterful houses and in the centre there are pretty balconies overlooking the sea. The contrast of the city against the majesty of the Adriatic Sea makes for dramatic scenery and a marvellous panorama.  

Palese Karol Wojtyła Airport is approximately 45 km (30 min by car) northwest from the Hotel and has budget flights from all over Europe.

Regular rail and coach services are available from the airport.

The Summer School will take place in the Meeting Room of the Hotel. 

Accommodation will be in single rooms.

Dates and times

The Summer School will commence at around 15.00 on Sunday, June 25th 2017, and will end with lunch on Friday, June 30th 2017.

Registration will be via the ESPGHAN website where dedicated pages will be set up for the summer school, and payment can be made by debit/credit card. Information on the Summer School is currently available on the ESPGHAN website.


Deadline: February 28, 2017

Documents to submitt: Motivation Letter & Sponsor Letter of an ESPGHAN Member

Who should attend the Summer School?

• clinicians

• nutrition researchers

• clinical nutritionists and dieticians

The Summer School is aimed at young researchers and clinicians and other health care professionals interested in developing an academic career in paediatric nutrition.

Summer School learning objectives

After the Summer School, participants should:

• Have a complete overview of paediatric nutritional sciences

• Have up to date practical knowledge about appropriate nutrition for healthy infants and children and patients with nutritional disorders

• Be able to read critically and discuss scientific literature

• Be familiar with emerging trends in paediatric nutrition

• Understand the design of clinical trials and studies, including basic statistical approaches

Cost & Registration 

The registration fee for the Summer School is € 200 (single room)/ 300 double room) and includes

• accommodation 

• three meals per day

• course materials

• social programme including a trip to Alberobello and surrounding area


The Summer School will include a mixture of plenary sessions and workshops in small groups in which participants will practice and develop their knowledge in nutritional sciences as well as their evidence-based medicine knowledge and skills. Each student will attend four workshops during the course. Most plenary topics are allocated 45 minutes; 35 minutes for a lecture and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Students will also have the opportunity to present their research (or a difficult clinical case) to fellow students and Faculty in small groups, and to receive constructive feedback on the content and delivery of their presentation.

Informal social events will encourage free discussion and the establishment of ongoing links between Faculty and students, and between participants themselves. The small number of participants (maximum 45) and relatively large number of faculty allows ample room to meet, discuss clinical and science issues and interact in a fantastic, academically inspiring setting.


Day 1

Registration from 3pm

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Welcome and introduction MF FI

   Brief introductions by delegates

16.45 – 17.30 Setting the scene – the importance of paediatric nutrition in health and disease MF

17.30 – 18.15 Breastfeeding – the gold standard MD

18.15 – 19.00 Monitoring growth (CM)

19.30 Dinner

Day 2

7.45 – 8.25 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Assessing nutritional status and malnutrition (JH)

9.15 – 10.00 Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity (CC)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 13.00 Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins feedback)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch in Main Hall

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop I (Each student to participate in all 4 workshops during the course)

     1. Parenteral nutrition 2. Enteral nutrition 3. Preterm nutrition

     4. How to feed a child with………..

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee

16.30 – 18.30 Workshop II

18.30-19.00 Physiological bases of absorption digestion and intestinal motility (FI)

19.30 Dinner followed by social activities

Day 3

7.45 – 8.25 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Special diets in healthy children (RF)

9.15 – 10.00 Nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease (JB)

10.00 – 10.45 Short bowel syndrome (IH)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 13.00 Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins feedback)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch in Main Hall

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop III

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee

16.30 – 17.15 Nutritional Programming (MF)

17.15 – 18.00 Nutrition and microbiome (CC)

18.00 – 18.45 Pre and probiotics (FI)

19.30 Dinner

Day 4

7.45 – 8.25 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Nutrition in preterm infants (NE)

9.15 – 10.00 Postdischarge nutrition (AL)

10.00 – 10.45 Nutrition and the brain (AL)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Nutrition of the neurologically impaired child (JH)

12.00 - 12 45 Use and abuse of statistics (interactive - longer slot) Silvio Tafuri

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Trip to Alberobello and surrounding area

16.00- Free afternoon

19.30 Dinner

Day 5

7.45 – 8.25 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Complementary feeding (MF)

9.15 – 10.00 Nutrition & Allergy (NF)

10.00 – 10.45 Defining and meeting iron requirements (MD)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 13.00 Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins feedback)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Workshop IV

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee

16.30 – 17.15 Defining and meeting requirements for Vitamin D (CM)

17.15 – 18.00 How to give a lecture (IH)

18.00 Free time

19.00 Pre-dinner drinks

19.30 Gala Dinner

Day 6

7.45 – 8.25 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Important aspects of healthy nutrition for children (NF)

9.15 – 10.00 Food preferences & infant feeding disorders (JB)

10.00 – 10.45 Appetite and gastrointestinal hormones: how it works (RV)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 How to write a scientific paper (all)

12.00 – 12.45 Summary & Conclusions

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 Students depart

Enteral nutrition JB, CM, FI

Parenteral nutrition IH, JH

Preterm nutrition NE, MD

How to feed a child with chronic disease (cases) CC, RV, AL, NF


Course faculty will consist of current and 12 recent members of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition, including:

Flavia Indrio (Course Organizer)

Pediatric University Hospital Giovanni XXIII, University Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy


Mary Fewtrell

Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK

Chair of Nutrition Committee (2015 - 2018)

Jiri Bronsky

Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic

Cristina Campoy

Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Magnus Domellöf

Department of Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Umea University, Umea, Sweden

Nicholas Embleton

Newcastle Neonatal Service, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Jessie Hulst

Erasmus MC, Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Christian Mølgaard

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Iva Hojsak

Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Secretary of Nutrition Committee (2015-2018)

Alexandre Lapillonne

Professor of Pediatrics, Paris Descartes University Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas Dept of Neonatology, Hôpital Universitaire Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France

Nataša Fidler Mis

University Children’s Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia

AHP member

Rakesh Vora

Research Fellow in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Imperial College London; Paediatric Gastroenterology registrar at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom

trainee member

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