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 on October 18, 2023. The deadline for application has closedIf you still wish to apply for the summer school, please contact contact@epath.eu.

  • 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 (in PDF and signed by a supervisor), 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. To see an example of a case study, click here.

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.

Participation fees

Participation fees need to be settled AFTER selection for participation by the scientific committee. These fees include: registration fee, coffee breaks, reading material, and public debate.

For (PhD) Students*:

  • EPATH/WPATH student members: €215
  • Other students: €275
    Non-member students should provide documentation proving student status (e.g., a letter from a student supervisor written on the headed paper of their institution or a copy of their student card) to contact@epath.eu.

For Professionals:

  • EPATH members: €625
  • EPATH members reduced fee**: €295
  • EPATH non-members: €825
  • EPATH non-members reduced fee*: €495

*PhD/MA/BA students refer to students who are aspiring or beginning researchers and do not receive a salary as professional clinicians.

*Participants from the following countries are entitled for reduced fees: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

For students who have no financial funds to pay for accommodation, travel expenses, and/or the summer school fee, EPATH offers 10 scholarships to those interested. For this edition of the summer school you can no longer apply for a scholarship (deadline closed).

For participants travelling from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Türkiye, etc. that require a visa to travel to Belgium, please contact us (contact@epath.eu) as soon as possible to receive a letter of invitation and other documents needed to apply for a short-stay visa to enter Belgium.

Cancellation & Refunds

The Organising Committee must be notified in writing of any registration cancellation by e-mail (contact@epath.eu). Telephone amendments will not be accepted. The appropriate refunds will be made. The following cancellation conditions apply, and are subject to change without notice:

Members, Non-members, Students:


  • 100% refund granted before March 1
  • 75% refund granted from March 1 – March 31
  • 50% refund granted from April 1 – May 14
  • 0% refund granted from May 15th and beyond

Regardless of the above criteria we will honor all refunds at 100% if we are notified of cancellations within 72 hours of purchase. Please be aware that payment by credit card (particularly when using different valuta) may incur a fee from the credit card provider. Hence, this fee will be subtracted from your refund.

Invited speakers must pay all cancellation fees (e.g., travel costs) themselves if they cancel their presentation.

To obtain a refund, please email us at contact@epath.eu, and we will provide a refund within a couple of days. Please note it can take up to a week for a refund credit to appear on your credit card.

Scientific Committee
  • Alessandra Fisher (University of Florence, IT)
  • Annelou de Vries (Amsterdam UMC, NL)
  • Iva Žegura (University of Zagreb, HR)
  • Joz Motmans (UZ Gent, BE)
  • Koray Başar (Hacettepe University, TR)
  • Laura Garner (Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health, UK)
  • Mudje Özer (VUmc, NL)
  • Piet Hoebeke (UZ Gent, BE)
  • Timo Nieder (UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf, DE)

With the support of the Flemish Government and Ghent University Doctoral Schools