Nutrition Summer School

June 17 - 21, 2024

General Information

General Information

The summer school is aimed at young researchers and clinicians interested in developing an academic career in paediatric nutrition.
The nutritional health of children in Europe and across the world is one of the most important health concerns. ESPGHAN and its Nutrition Committee represent the most important professional network to learn, train and advance in providing nutrition support to children with nutrition-related problems.

The ESPGHAN Nutrition Summer School is designed to: 

  • Provide evidence-based advice on nutrition for the prevention, diagnosis, and management of paediatric nutrition-related diseases 
  • Serve as an introduction to evidence-based medicine in the field of nutrition
  • To offer a focus on current ‘hot topics’ 
  • To boost the international network possibilities of young scientists aiming to work on paediatric nutrition

The course language is English.

Application & Fees

Application will open in January 2024.

Participation fees:
Participation Fee: EUR 175.00
The participation fee is a small contribution to the overall course program and cannot be lowered for delgates not requiring accommodation.

Application process: The number of participants is limited and a delegates will be selected by the local organisers after the deadline. Applicants will be selected upon their CV and a motivation letter. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members. ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 

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. 

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


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - June 17 2024

14:00-14:30 Registration
14:30-15:30 Welcome, brief introduction: the programme, the faculty, and the delegates 

15:30-16:15 Developing a professional career in paediatric Nutrition (J. Bronsky)
Vegan and vegetarian diets in children (J. Koeglmeier)
17:00-17:45 Use of plant beverages in infants and children (E. Verduci)
17:45-18:30 Nutrient requirements in childhood (B. de Koning)

20:00 Networking


Day 02 - June 18 2024

Session: Early nutrition and prematurity
8:30-09:15 Growth trajectories & Body composition changes in preterms and infants born small for gestational age (M. Sáenz de Pipaón)
09:15-10:00 Transition from parenteral to enteral nutrition in preterm infants (S. Moltu)
10:00-10:45 Nutritional support in infants born preterm postdischarge (N. Haiden)
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Introduction of complementary feeding in preterm infants (N. Haiden)

Session: Scientific skills
12:00-12:20 How to give a lecture (L. Kivela)
12:20-12:40 How to write and abstract and an article (J. Bronsky)
12:40-13:00 How to review a paper (L. Norsa)
13:00-13:30 Questions on “get ready to present”
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Workshops Gluten Free Diet (group A) and Nutritional treatment of IBD (group B)
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
Workshops Gluten Free Diet (group B) and Nutritional treatment of IBD (group A)

19:00 Networking and Dinner

Day 03 - June 19 2024

Session: NNI
08:30-09:15 Nutritional assessment in children with NI (V. Luque)
09:15-10:00 Normal swallowing and dysphagia (A. Sugar)
10:00-10:45 Digestive problems and nutritional support in NI (B. de Koning)
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

Sesssion: GI
11:15-11:45 Intestinal resection: consequences and adaptation (J. Bronsky)
11:45-12:15 SBS: early management after intestinal resection (S. Hill)
12:15-12:45 SBS: management post-discharge (L. Norsa)
12:45-13:30 Exclusion diet in EoE and IBS (L. Norsa)
13:30 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Workshops Textures and consistencies for children with swallowing problems (group A) and Parenteral nutrition (group B)
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-18:30 Workshops Textures and consistencies for children with swallowing problems (group B) and Parenteral nutrition (group A)

20:00 Dinner

Day 04 - June 20 2024

8:30-10:30 Workshops Anthropometrical measurements (group A) and Enteral nutrition cases (group B)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Workshops Anthropometrical measurements (group B) and Enteral nutrition cases (group A)
13:00 Light Lunch

14:30 Networking

Day 05 - June 21 2024

09:00-09:45 Research on ingredients in infant formulas (F. Savino)
09:45-10:30 Research on mechanisms linking nutrition and obesity and cardiometabolic diseases (E. Verduci)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 The link of the microbiota with gastrointestinal and neurological diseases (E. Verduci)
11:45-12:45 Volatile organic compounds from bench to bedside – emergent research area (S. Moltu)
12:30 Farewell

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 4 nights in single occupancy (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Dinners and social programme (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Travel refund up to EUR 75.00
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 



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



Application will open in January 2024. Please monitor this webpage for updates.