Young Investigator Forum

General Information

General Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, this school has been postpoed to October 06-09, 2021. 

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.


COVID-19 has proven challenging in the organisation of onsite courses in the past year. ESPGHAN remains dedicated to the realisation of our educational programme without compromising the health of our delegates.
We are carefully monitoring the developments and follow the recommendations and information provided by the national Health Authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Preparations for an onsite course are proceeding as planned at this point. Applicants will be updated on any potential changes to the format of the school. 

If the situation does not allow for the responsible realisation of onsite participation, your application will be valid for virtual participation.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office (

Application & Fees

Applications are closed

Applicants will be required to upload the following documents - please also refer to the specfic requirements further detailed below:

  •  CV
  • scientific abstract
  • letter of support from ESPGHAN member in good standing (any type) 

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their abstracts, which are reviewed and scored independently by the faculty.  

Specific requirements: 

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

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.

Registration fee: participation to the Forum is free of charge for approved delegates.


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 06

Chairs:  Iva Hojsak, Florence Lacaille, Jernej Dolinsek, Amit Assa

16.00 – 16.05 Welcome by faculty
16.05 – 17.15 Interactive Introduction with the delegates
17.15 – 17.30 Faculty lecture. Principles of feedback (Jernej Dolinsek)
17.30 – 17.45 Break
17.45 – 18.30 Group Work (Ice breaker)
18.30 – 18.45  Faculty lecture. Presentation techniques (Iva Hojsak) 
18.45 – 19.00 Faculty lecture. How to write an abstract (Jernej Dolinsek)
19.00 Break

19.45 Pre dinner drinks + Dinner at hotel

Day 02 - Thursday, October 07

Chair: Amit Assa

09.00 – 09.30 Katja Clohse
Comment: Laura Moreno Puerto / Charlotte Verburgt / Amit Assa
09.30 – 10.00 Daniela Araujo 
Comment: Sara Lega / Kushila Rupasinghe / Iva Hojsak
10.00 – 10.20 Faculty lecture. A few basis of statistics (Amit Assa)
10.20 – 11.00 Coffee break / Group Photo
11.00 – 11.30  Alice Tiret
Comment: Christoph Slavetinsky / Natalia Wasilewska / Florence Lacaille
11.30 – 12.00 Laura Moreno Puerto 
Comment: Daniela Araujo / Maria Giovanna Puoti / Iva Hojsak
12.00 – 12.30 Kushila Rupasinghe
Comment: Ghada Said / Monica Ronconi / Florence Lacaille
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break

Chair: Iva Hojsak

13.30 – 14.00 Hannes Hoelz 
Comment: Katja Clohse / Alice Tiret / Amit Assa
14.00 – 14.30 Clara de Bruijn 
Comment: Laura Moreno Puerto / Daniela Araujo / Jernej Dolinsek
14.30 – 15.00 Linda Adouane 
Comment: Ghada Said / Mireia Alcazar Lopez / Iva Hojsak
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea break
15.30 – 16.00 Alessia Salatto 
Comment: Clara de Bruijn / Francisco Branco Caetano / Jernej Dolinsek
16.00 – 16.30 Christoph Slavetinsky
Comment : Alice Tiret / Maxime Gonnot / Florence Lacaille
16.30 -17.00  Natalia Wasilewska
Comment: Mireia Alcazar Lopez / Linda Adouane / Jernej Dolinsek

17.30 Depart from the hotel for networking event and dinner 

Day 03 - Friday, October 08

Chair: Florence Lacaille

09.00 – 09.30 Maxime Gonnot 
Comment: Christoph Slavetinsky / Antonia Felzen / Florence Lacaille
09.30 – 10.00  Maria Giovanna Puoti
Comment: Francisco Branco Caetano / Alessia Salatto / Iva Hojsak
10.00 – 10.30  Monica Ronconi 
Comment: Charlotte Verburgt / Katja Clohse / Amit Assa
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Antonia Felzen 
Comment: Hannes Hoelz / Maxime Gonnot / Iva Hojsak
11.30 – 12.00 Mireia Alcazar Lopez 
Comment : Natalia Wasilewska / Sara Lega / Amit Assa
12.00 – 12.30 Francisco Branco Caetano 
Comment: Antonia Felzen / Clara de Bruijn / Jernej Dolinsek
12.30 – 13.00 Faculty lecture. Writing a scientific publication (Florence Lacaille)
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

Chair: Jernej Dolinsek

13.45 – 14.15 Ghada Said
Comment : Maria Giovanna Puoti / Linda Adouane / Florence Lacaille
14.15 – 14.45 Sara Lega
Comment : Alessia Salatto / Kushila Rupasinghe / Jernej Dolinsek
14.45 – 15.15 Charlotte Verburgt
Comment: Hannes Hoelz / Monica Ronconi / Amit Assa
15.15 – 15.30 Faculty lecture. How to be an efficient researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications (Amit Assa)
15.30 – 16.15 Coffee /tea break (Faculty collation of scores)
16.15 – 16.45 Closing evaluation

17.00 Depart from the hotel for evening event and farewell dinner

Day 04 - Saturday, October 09

Breakfast and check out. Transfer 

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