EPATH’s 2nd Summer School:

Transgender health: Interdisciplinary approaches

(July 1 – July 5, 2024)

EPATH organises their 2nd Summer School from July 1 – July 5, 2024, at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

The Summer School deals with the multidisciplinary approaches to the social, mental and physical well-being of transgender and gender diverse persons. Although the scientific attention for transgender health has been booming in recent decade, the scientific curricula in the involved disciplines lack dedicated in-depth attention for transgender health aspects. Furthermore, in the field of transgender health, it is of uttermost importance that the topic is accessed from a multidisciplinary perspective, with additional attention for minors as well as for adults.

By offering advanced plenary keynote lectures by experts in transgender health from different scientific backgrounds, all participants are offered the state of the art from these respective fields. All participants engage in an interactive discussion so as to obtain a better understanding of the different (complementary or opposing) insights of the different disciplines into the chosen topic. The obligated literature (two texts per keynote lecture) offers a good introduction of this respective field. In the afternoon, participants can freely choose between several interdisciplinary masterclasses, which featured selected case study presentations with a background of relevant literature, or research study proposals prepared by the participants. 

If you want to read more about what the Summer School will look like, visit the web page about the 1st Summer School.

Registration for the 2nd Summer School will start in October 2023.

  • Each day starts with 1 or 2 plenary lectures at cathedra by (a) top researcher(s) in the field of transgender health, followed by discussions with the students.
  • In the afternoon, interdisciplinary masterclasses are organized in which case studies (practical exercises) and relevant background literature and/or research proposals are presented by the participants. Through interactive discussion and expert as well as peer feedback we aim to stimulate the participants in their work. The sessions are coordinated by experts in the specific topic of the session. Participants are required to send in a research proposal or case study through an online abstract submission system, and will be blind peer reviewed by the scientific committee of the summer school. Selected oral submissions will be presented by the participants in their session. Non-selected submissions will be presented as poster presentations.
  • There will also be tête-à-tête mentoring sessions where participants from different disciplines have the chance to book individual supervision with experts in the field of transgender health. They might want to discuss their research or a clinical case study. The information prepared by the participant will be send to the expert in advance, so the expert can give feedback during this one-on-one discussion. The tête-à-tête can be online or in person. We’ll provide a list of experts in advance, so that the students can choose with whom they would like to speak.
Criteria for participation

Students and clinicians must be fluent in English, write a motivation letter and provide a letter of reference from their institution (if possible), to be sent in together with their application. In the application form, you are required to submit in a research proposal or case study you wish to present. These submissions will be peer reviewed by the scientific committee of the summer school.

Full attendance to the summer school is required in order to participate.

The scientific committee will, if necessary, selects the participants for the summer school. The total amount of participants is limited to 60, with a preference for disciplinary and geographical differentiation (max 4 from the same country), and with European participants having preferential admission. There are 10 reserved spots for PhD students of Ghent University and the KU Leuven.

Only after the approval of your participation, the invitation for financial registration will be sent.

Note: you don’t have to be a PhD student to be able to apply for the summer school. Clinicians, other researchers and professionals, BA and MA students are also encouraged to apply.