Programme & Documentation

On this page you can find a quick program overview and the presentations of the plenary sessions. The final program book can be downloaded here:  EPATH 2015 Program Book. The book of abstracts is available here: EPATH 2015 Book of Abstracts.

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Thursday March 12, 2015

11:00  Opening of Registration Desk – Het Pand

12:00: Documentary “Transgender Pioneers” (Director Erik Willems. NTR/VPRO 2013, 30 minutes, English subtitles).

13:00 – 13:45   Opening Session of the Conference

  • Welcome address by Guy T’Sjoen, Joz Motmans, Timo O. Nieder
  • Announcement of EPATH Student Initiative by Silvano Barbieri & Jonas Björklund
  • Trans health care in Europe: findings from the FRA EU LGBT survey (video) by Dennis van der Veur (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

13:45 – 14:30    Plenary Session I: Henriette Delemarre Memorial Lecture

14:30 – 16:00    Stream Sessions I

16:00 – 17:00    Coffee break & attended poster session

17:00 – 18:00   Meeting & Networking Opportunities

18:00 – 22:00   Public plenary session: “Human rights and health care for trans people in Europe”

Key notes:

  • Caring for transgender adolescents: future perspectives by Annelou De Vries (Dept. Medical Psychology, VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
    Care for trans people at a young age offers a world of opportunities for them. How should care ideally look like in the future? And what obstacles do we need to tackle on our way to get to this point?
  • Fertility options for trans people by Petra De Sutter (Dept. Reproductive Medicine, Gent University Hospital, Belgium)
    Procreation after gender reassignment is for some still controversial. Today sperm can be frozen in trans women and ovarian tissue or oocytes in trans men prior to transition. Potential post-transition options additionally include the use of donor gametes or surrogacy. Even if all these options may not be available or wanted, fertility issues still need to be discussed with trans people prior to transition.
  • Human rights for trans people: taking stock of where we are in Europe by Richard Köhler (TGEU)
    The landscape of trans people’s human rights in Europe is changing rapidly. The presentation will take stock of the achievements but also identify points of concern.    

Friday March 13, 2015

09:00 – 10:45   Plenary Session II: “Transgender health care in Europe: overview and challenges”

Five gender teams presented the organisation of the clinical practices for transgender health care in their country. This recurrent part of the EPATH conference allows countries from different parts of Europe to share clinical services and practices for transgender people. For EPATH2015 the following countries were invited:

10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45      Multidisciplinary Workshops part I

12:45 – 13:30    Lunch

13:30 – 15:30    Stream Sessions II

15:30 – 16:00    Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00   Multidisciplinary Workshops part II

20:00 – ……      Walking Dinner (Het Pand) & After Party

Saturday, March 14, 2015

09:00 – 10:45   Plenary Session IV: “The Year in Review”

A speaker from each stream presented a synoptic review of notable new literature in various subspecialties of transgender care, with a primary focus on studies that had relevance for health care decision making.

10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45     Stream Sessions III

12:45 – 13:15     Closing ceremony & announcement of the next EPATH conference