Nutrition Summer School

June 17 - 20, 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 is closed.

Participation fee: EUR 175.00
The participation fee is understood as 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, support letter of an ESPGHAN Member 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 course from start to finish with travel reimbursment contingent on full participation. Participants arriving late/departing early will not be able to claim travel costs. 


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - June 17 2024

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

15:00-15:30 Developing a professional career in paediatric Nutrition (J. Bronsky)

Session: Nutritional requirements & potential deficiencies
Vegan and vegetarian diets in children (J. Koeglmeier)
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-17:30 Nutrition requirements in childhood (B. de Koning)
17:30-18:00 Asessing nutritional status in infants & children with failure to thrive (S. Hill)
18:00- 18:30 How to give a lecture (L. Kivela)
18:30- 19:00 How to review a paper (L. Norsa)

20:00 Dinner


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)

11:45 Participants to distribute in workshops
12:00-13:30 Workshops Anthropometrical measurements (group A) and Enteral nutrition cases (group B)

13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Workshops Anthropometrical measurements (group B) and Enteral nutrition cases (group A)
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-17:45 Research on ingredients in infant formulas (F. Savino)
17:45-18:30 Volotaile organic compounds from bench to bedside (S. Moltu)

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 The link of the microbiota with gastrointestinal and neurological diseases (E. Verduci)

11:45-13:15 Workshops Textures and consistencies for children with swallowing problems (group A) and Paediatric nutrition abstracts analysis and discussion (group B)
13:15-14:45 Lunch

14:45 Networking & Dinner

Day 04 - June 20 2024

08:30- 09:00 Exclusion diet in EoE and IBS (L. Norsa)
09:00-09:30 Intestinal resection: consequences and adaptation (J. Bronsky)
09:30-10:00 SBS: early management after intestinal resection (S. Hill)
10:00-10:30 SBS: management post-discharge (L. Norsa)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Workshops Textures and consistencies for children with swallowing problems (group B) and Paediatric nutrition abstracts analysis and discussion (group A)
12:30-12:45 CME Course Evaluation
12:45- 13:00 Closing Remakrs
13:00-13:15 Farewell and group picture

13:15- 13:45 Light lunch - grab a sandwich
13:45 departure to Barcelona airport (bus for flights from 16.30 CEST onwards)


Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 3 nights in single occupancy (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Dinners and social programme (arranged by ESPGHAN)
  • Travel refund up to EUR 100.00
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 



Please be aware that ESPGHAN will be taking photos and/or videos at this event. By registering and attending this Masterclass you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions. 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



Application for this course closed on March 10.