ESPGHAN Nutrition Summer School

Application Deadline: 12.05.2019

Registration Fee

Registration fee (175.00€)

Paediatric Nutrition:  

from bench to bedside 


Summer School  

organised by the  

ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition 

July 1 -5, 2019 

The nutritional health of pediatric population in the world is one of the most important issues facing different countries today. There is a pressing need to develop a platform for the translational medicine from fundamental to clinical research in the field of nutrition 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 the Zacchera hotel in Lago Maggiore Lake, Italy (45 km from Milan-Malpensa Airport and one hour from Milan. Regular bus shuttles are available from/to Malensa Airport/Baveno - Please bus schedule here).

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

Accommodation will be in twin en-suite rooms. A single room can be arranged on request, with an extra cost of 55 euros/day to be paid by the participant.


Dates and times 

The Summer School will commence at around 15.00 on Monday, July 1th 2019, and will end with lunch on Friday, July 5th 2019. 


Costs & Registration 

The fee charged to the participant for the Summer School is € 175. ESPGHAN will cover

  • accommodation (shared twin room) 
  • three meals per day 
  • course materials  
  • social and networking opportunities

Please note that participants are expected to arrange and cover their travel expenses. Registrations will be via the ESPGHAN website.


Applicants will be requested to submit 

  • a short CV
  • a motivation letter
  • a sponsor letter of an ESPGHAN Member.
  • an abstract or a difficult case report that they would like to present and discuss during the meetings:


Language: English  

Abstract word count: maximum 400  

Details of authors: presenters name to be included and underlined 

Presentation: selected clinical cases or abstracts will be presented during the course orally


Who should attend the Summer School? 

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

  • clinicians 
  • nutrition researchers 
  • clinical nutritionists and dieticians 

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  


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 40) and relatively large number of faculty allows ample room to meet, discuss clinical and science issues and interact in a fantastic, academically inspiring setting.  


An application for CME will be made to EACCME. Feedback will be collected from students at the end of the course, and used to improve subsequent courses.  

Most lectures are allocated a 45 minute slot; 35 minutes for the lecture and 10 minutes minimum for questions and discussion. 


Day 1 - Monday 1 July

 Registration from 3pm 

15.30:    Coffee  

16.30:    Welcome and introduction  (Magnus Domellof/Elvira Verduci) 

              Brief introductions by delegates 

17.00 – 17.30:    Setting the scene – the importance of paediatric nutrition in health and disease (Magnus Domellof)

17.30 – 18.15:    Assessing nutritional status and malnutrition (Konstantinos Gerasmidis) 

18.15 – 19.00:    Nutritional management in cystic fibrosis (Jutta Koglemeir)

20.00:    Dinner  


Day 2 - Tuesday 2 July

07.45 – 08.25:    Breakfast  

08.30 – 09.15:    Breastfeeding – the gold standard (Magnus Domellof) 

09.15 – 10.00:    Special diets in healthy children (Elvira Verduci)

10.00 – 10.30:    Coffee 

10.30 – 13.00:    Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins  feedback)   

13.00 – 14.00:    Lunch 

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

                          1. Parenteral nutrition: Lorenzo Norsa, Barbara De Koning 

                          2. Enteral nutrition: Flavia Indrio, Jiri Bronsky      

                          3. Preterm nutrition: Sissel Moltu, Alexandre Lapillonne 

                          4.Nutritional assessment: Elvira Verduci, Konstantinos Gerasmidis 

16.00 – 16.30:    Coffee 

16.30 – 17.15:    Food preferences & infant feeding disorders (Jiri Bronsky)

17.15– 19.15:    Workshop II  


20.00:   Dinner  


Day 3 - Wednesday 3 July


07.45 – 08.25:    Breakfast  

08.30 – 10.30    Workshop III     

10.30 – 11.00:    Coffee 

11.00 – 11.45:    Complementary feeding (Carlo Agostoni)

11.45 –13.15:     Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins feedback) 

13.15 – 14.15:    Lunch

14.15 – 15.00:    Personalized diet (Carlo Agostoni) 

15.00 – 15.45:    Nutrition and gut microbiota (Flavia Indrio)

15.45 – 16.15:    Coffee 

16.15 – 17.00:    Micronutrients  (Konstantinos Gerasmidis) 

17.00 – 19.00:    Workshop IV 

20.00:    Dinner  



Day 4 - Thursday 4 July

07.45 – 08.25:   Breakfast  

08.30 – 09.15:    Nutrition in the neurologically impaired child (Barbara De Koning)  

09.15 – 10.00:    Nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease (Jiri Bronsky)

10.00 – 10.30:    Coffee 

10.30 – 11.15:    Defining and meeting iron requirements (Magnus Domellof)

11.15 – 12.00:    Pre and probiotics (Flavia Indrio) 

12.30 – 13.30:    Lunch  

14.00 – 18.00:    Networking Activities   

19.30:    Dinner   


Day 5 - Friday 5 July

07.45 – 08.25:    Breakfast  

08.30 – 10.00:    Student presentations in groups (10 mins per student + 5 mins  feedback) 

10.00 – 10.45:    Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity: new challenges (Elvira Verduci) 

10.45 – 11.15    Coffee 

11.15 – 12.00:   Nutrition in preterm infants (including postdischarge) (Nickolas Embleton) 

12.00 – 12.30:   Nutrition in short bowel syndrome (Sanja Kolacek)

12.30 – 13.00:   Summary & Conclusions  

13.00:    Lunch  

14.00:   Individual departures

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


Elvira Verduci (Course Organizer)   

Department of Heath Sciences, San Paolo Hospital, University of Milan, Italy 

Magnus Domellöf (Chair of Nutrition Committee)

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

Jiri Bronsky  

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

Secretary of Nutrition Committee 

Nicholas Embleton 

Newcastle Neonatal Service, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust & Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 


Konstantinos Gerasmidis 

Human Nutrition, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom. 


Flavia Indrio  

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


Alexandre Lapillonne 

Hôpital Universitaire Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France 


Sissel Moltu  

Department of Neonatal Intensive Care, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. 

Lorenzo Norsa   

Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 24127 Bergamo, Italy. 

Jutta Koglemeir 

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom  

Barbara De Koning 

Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 


Invited speakers: 


Sanja Kolacek 

Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia 

ESPGHAN President Elect 


Carlo Agostoni  

Department of Pediatrics, IRCCS Policlinico, University of Milan, Italy 

President of Italian Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (SIGENP)