ESPGHAN Young Investigator Forum (cancelled)

This school was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, and ESPGHAN's related responsibility for the health of our faculty, delegates and staff.

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General Information

General Information

The ESPGHAN young investigators forum (YIF) has been an integral part of the society for the last 24 years.  The meeting was established to nurture academic development in the society and foster collaborations amongst the emerging generations of academics and clinicians. Over the years YIF has seen so many of the delegates come through to become established academics and clinicians as well as develop friendships and successful collaborations across Europe.  

The Aims of the ESPGHAN Young Investgator Forum are to:   

• to provide young investigators with a friendly and constructive atmosphere in order to present their research and learn from each other.   

• to meet and network with senior faculty members and to set up research collaboration in Europe.  

• to enable young investigators to contribute to the scientific development of ESPGHAN  

The course language is English.

Application & Fees

Registration Deadline: June 07, 2020
Registration fee: participation to the Forum is free of charge for apporved delegates

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan. Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office. The number of participants is limited and a selection will be made by the school organisers after the deadline. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members.
Delegates will need to submit a formal application with CV, scientific abstract and letter of support from ESPGHAN member.  They will be selected on the basis of their abstracts, which are reviewed and scored independently by the faculty.  Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office.

Definition of Young Investigator: Active clinical or laboratory based researcher, ideally less than 10 years working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.  Delegates may not attend more than one forum.
Delegates: the forum is aimed at young investigators who are developing their research career and are committed to working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and/or nutrition in Europe. It is not aimed at experienced researchers who are already principal investigators with grant funding, or at workers who are intent on a career outside of Europe.
Abstract: the abstract should be divided into Background/Aims, Methods, Results, Summary/Conclusions. It is important that the abstract includes data from your research activity and doesn’t describe plans for the future without any actual data. Single case reports are less likely to be successful unless they have an important message of wide relevance.
Letter of Support: the ESPGHAN member who is supporting you should give some information about your current situation and your state of training.
CV: this should be relatively brief but include basic information and any items that are relevant to your gastroenterology/hepatology/nutrition experience and training, plus any presentations to national and international meetings and any publications (including abstracts).
Accompanying persons: faculty and delegates are discouraged from bringing any accompanying persons as this reduces the interaction between delegates.  

Please note that
YIF participants are expected attend the whole meeting, incuding socials.
Delegates may not attend more than 1 forum


Day 1 - Wednesday, September 16

12.00 – 14.00

Transport Airport 

14.00 – 16.00

Faculty members Meeting 


Chairs:  Iva Hojsak, Florence Lacaille, Jernej Dolinsek

16.00 – 16.05

Welcome by faculty 

16.05 – 17.25

Interactive Introduction with the delegates 

17.25 – 17.50

Faculty state of the Art lecture: Jernej Dolinsek Principles of feedback 

17.50 - 18.00


18.00 – 19.00

Group Work (Ice breaker) 

19.00 – 19.30

Faculty state of the Art lecture: Iva Hojsak Presentation techniques 


Pre dinner networking + Dinner at hotel 


Day 02 - Thursday, September 17


Chair: Amit Assa 

09.00 – 09.30

Delegate 1 - Abstract Presentation

09.30 – 10.00

Delegate 2 - Abstract Presentation

10.00 – 10.30

Faculty state of the Art lecture:  How to be an efficient researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications 

10.30 – 11.00

Break / Photo

11.00 – 11.30

Delegate 3 - Abstract Presentation

11.30 – 12.00

Delegate 4 - Abstract Presentation

12.00 – 12.30 

Delegate 5 - Abstract Presentation

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch Break 


Chair: Iva Hojsak 

13.30 – 14.00

Delegate 6 - Abstract Presentation

14.00 – 14.30

Delegate 7- Abstract Presentation

14.30 – 15.00

Delegate 8- Abstract Presentation

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.00

Delegate 9- Abstract Presentation

16.00 – 16.30

Delegate 10- Abstract Presentation

16:30 Break
17:30 Networking & Dinner

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 3 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Travel Refund up EUR 400
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401