ESPGHAN GI Summer School

Application Deadline: 05.05.2019

Registration Fee

General (100.00€)

General Information

It is the tradition of ESPGHAN to hold a Gastroenterology School every year. After the last events in Germany and Greece we invite Young Investigators and Trainees to join us for another exciting School in the beautiful tuscan city of Montecatini, Italy, from June 26 – 29, 2019. 

The main topics will cover functional GI disorders, coeliac disease, eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, IBD, motility disorders, intestinal failure, endoscopic techniques.

The following will be covered by ESPGHAN. 

- up to 3 nights pre-arranged accommodation (organized by ESPGHAN)

- Pre-arranged dinners and social programme

- Travel Refund up to EUR 300,00

- Catering throughout the course

- Course Material

The registration fee needs to be paid upon receipt of the respective invoice.

Application & Abstract Submission: 

Candidates will be selected upon application, with a supporting letter from an ESPGHAN member and an abstract that may be selected for presentation during the course. Abstracts may have been submitted to other public meetings previously.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Language : English  

Abstract word count : maximum 400  

Title length: inclusive in total word count

Tables : maximum 2  

Figure maximum 1   

Details of authors: presenters name to be included and underlined  

Number of coauthors : no restriction   

Who can present : no restriction , but any of the coauthors can present but should be registered for the conference can present . Should have a medical / allied health professional background  

What can be submitted: case report or original work    

Trial design abstract may be considered at the discretion of the abstract selection committee   

Presenting author of the abstract should be registered for the meeting and full payment should be done prior to the meeting  

Presentation: oral or poster; the authors will be notified about selection 

Please use the online application form on this page.

Applications by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online application tool, please contact us at

Preliminary Programme

Day1: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

19:00 Arrival

20:00 Welcome Dinner

Day 2 : Thursday, June 27, 2019

Chairs: Paolo Lionetti – Marc Benninga - Carmen Ribes 

08:30-08:45 Welcome in Montecatini & Lucca and Introduction to the course 

08:45-09:20 Gastroesophageal Reflux (M. Benninga)

09:20-10.00 Gastrointestinal and nutritional problems in neurologically impaired children (R. Orel)

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10.30-11.15 Eosonophilic GI diseases (R. Orel)

11:15-12:00 Paediatric Pancreatic Diseases (I. Broekaert)

12:00-12:15 Oral presentations by the participants (5+3 min each) (2) 

12.15-13:00 Acute Gastroenteritis (J. Dolinsek)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Workup and reassessment of IBD  (P. Lionetti)

14:30-15:00 Interactive case (Chronic constipation and non-retentive fecal incontinence: how to treat?) (M. Benninga)

15.00-15.30 When surgery in IBD (P. Lionetti)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break 

16:00-16:50 Oral presentations by the participants (5+3 min each) (6)

17.00 Social Programme

Day 3 : Friday, June 28, 2019

Chairs: Rok Orel, Jernej Dolinsek, Carmen Ribes 

08:30-09:15 Optimising management of Crohn’s disease. (E. Miele)

09:15-10:00 Interactive cases of IBD (Relapsing and refractory UC) (P. Lionetti)

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:00 Intestinal failure medical aspects (C. Ribes)

11:00-11:30 Intestinal failure – Nutritional management (R. A. Thomassen)

11:30-12:00 Intestinal failure – Surgical options (A. Morabito)

12:00-12:35 Oral presentations by the participants (5+3 min each) (4) 

12:35-13:35 Lunch 

13.35-14.15 Oral presentations by the participants (5+3 min each) (5) 

14:15-14:45 Upper and lower GI bleeding: what can cause it and how to treat? (R. Orel)

14:45-15:15 Coffee Break

15:15-15:45 H. Pylori – To treat or not to treat (E. Miele)

15:45-16:15 Foreign body removal and caustic injury (I. Broekaert)

16:15-16:45 Oral presentations by the participants (5+3 min each) (3)

16:45-17:30 Functional abdominal pain disorders (M. Benninga)

17:30-19:00 Poster presentations (3+2 min each) (20)

19:00 Social programme 

Day 4 : Saturday, June 29, 2019

Chairs: Erasmo Miele, Ilse Broekaert 

08:30-09:15 Interactive Case (Fabricated and Induced Illness) (M. Benninga)

09.15-10.00 Specialised diets in pediatric gastroenterology (R.A. Thomassen)

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break 

10:30-11:15 Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten (wheat) sensitivity: how to diagnose and how to treat? (C. Ribes)

11:15-11.45 How to write an abstract? (J. Dolinsek)

11.45-12.15 Closing remarks.  

12:30 Lunch and departure