Young Investigator Forum

September 21 - 24, 2024

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.

Application & Fees

Applications are now open! 

Deadline: June 30th

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)

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.

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


Preliminary Programme

Day 1

Chairs: TBC
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
17.30 - 17.45 Break
17.45 – 18.30 Group Work (Ice breaker)
18.30 – 18.45 Faculty lecture. Presentation techniques)
18.45 – 19.00 Faculty lecture. How to write an abstract
19.00 Break
20.00 Dinner at hotel  

Day 02

Chair: TBC
09.00 – 09.30 Delegate 3: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
09.30 – 10.00 Delegate 4: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
10.00 – 10.20 Faculty lecture. Some basis of statistics
10.20 – 11.15 coffee break / Photo
11.15 – 11.45 Delegate 5: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
11.45 – 12.15 Delegate 6: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
12.15 – 12.45 Delegate 7: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch Break
Chair: TBD
13.30 – 14.00 Delegate 8: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
14.00 – 14.30 Delegate 9: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
14.30 – 15.00 Delegate 10: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea break
15.30 – 16.00 Delegate 11: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
16.00 – 16.20 Faculty lecture. How to write an abstract.
16.30 Depart from the hotel for evening event and dinner.

Day 03

Chair: TBD
09:00– 09.30 Delegate 12: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
09.30 – 10.00 Delegate 13: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
10.00 – 10.30 Delegate 14: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break 11.00 – 11.30 Delegate 15: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty) 11.30 – 12.00 Delegate 16: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
12.00 – 12.30 Delegate 17: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
12.30 – 12.50 Faculty lecture. Writing a scientific publication
12.50 – 13.45 Lunch
Chair: TBD
13.45 – 14.15 Delegate 18: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
14.15 – 14.45 Delegate 19: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
14.45 – 15.15 Delegate 20: delegate abstract title (feedback x/y/faculty)
15.15 – 15.30 Faculty lecture. How to be an efficient researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications.
15.30 – 16.15 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

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