Young Investigator Forum

October 04 - 07, 2023

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 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.

Young Research Curriculum

This year, we are collaborating with the The Scientific Task Force to select 5 participants to partake in the Young Research Curriculum. To learn more about the Young Research Curriculum, please click here.

If you are interested in joining this program, please send a video of maximum 3 minutes to us by email. The video should contain your pitch of what your ambition is within the PGHN research field and what you envision to have reached within the coming 5 years.

Application & Fees

Application is now open.

Deadline to apply has extended to 15.08.2023

This course is free of charge.

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)
• video (to apply for the Young Research Curriculum)

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).

Video: A subselection of the delegates will have the opportunity to be selected for the 2 years ESPGHAN Young Researchers Curriculum. If you are interested in joining this iniciative, please send a video of maximum 3 minutes to us by email before August 16th, 2023. The video should contain your pitch of what your ambition is within the PGHN research field and what your envision to have reached within the coming 5 years.

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.

Delegates are expected to attend the full course and arrange their travel according to the course schedule. 


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday 04

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
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 05

Chair: Amit Assa
09.00 – 09.30 Abstract

09.30 – 10.00 Abstract

10.00 – 10.20 Faculty lecture. A few basis of statistics (Amit Assa)
10.20 – 11.00 Coffee break / Photo
11.00 – 11.30


11.30 – 12.00 Abstract


12.00 – 12.30 Abstract

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch Break


Chair: Iva Hojsak
13.15 – 13.Abstract


13.45 – 14.15 Abstract


14.15 – 14.45  Abstract

14.45 – 15.00 Coffee/tea break
15.00 – 15.30 Abstract


15.30 – 16.00 Abstract

Comment :

16.00 -16.30  Abstract



17.00 Depart from the hotel for evening event and dinner 

Day 03 - Friday 06

Chair: Florence Lacaille

09.00 – 09.30 Abstract

09.30 – 10.00 Abstract


10.00 – 10.30  Abstract


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Abstract

11.30 – 12.00

Comment :
12.00 – 12.30


12.30 – 13.00 Faculty lecture. Writing a scientific publication (Florence Lacaille)
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

Chair: Jernej Dolinsek
13.45 – 14.15 Abstract

Comment :
14.15 – 14.45

Comment :

14.45 – 15.15  Abstract

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

17.15 Depart from the hotel for evening event and farewell dinner

Day 04 - Saturday 07

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 250*
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 

* reimbursemnt of travel costs is contingent on attendance of the full course. Delegates departing before the end of the course may not receive travel coverage.


Please be aware that ESPGHAN will be taking photos and/or videos at this event. By registering and attending th is course you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions. Details of the disclaimer will be attached to your notification email. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.


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