Programme EPATH’s 2nd Summer School

General structure of the programme
  • The first day of the Summer School lays out the key corner stones in health research and clinical care, and presents for each three keynote lectures by top researchers or clinicians. (4h30 in total)
  • The following days each start with 1 or 2 plenary lectures at cathedra by top researchers in the field of transgender health, followed by discussions with the students, introduced by a invited discussant. (9h in total)
  • In the afternoon, interdisciplinary master classes are organized in which case studies (practical exercises) and relevant background literature and/or research proposals are presented by the doctoral students. All participants from different disciplines are invited to engage critically with each other. Through interactive discussion and peer feedback we aim to stimulate the participants in their work. The sessions are coordinated by experts in the specific topic of the session. Doctoral students are required to send in a research proposal or case study when registering, which will be peer reviewed by the scientific committee of the summer school. Selected oral submissions will be presented by the participants in their respective session. (9h in total)
  • In the tête-à-tête mentoring sessions all participants from different disciplines have the chance to book individual supervision with experts in the field of transgender health research or clinical care. 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 mentoring session can be organised 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. (2h in total)

Note: coffee and lunches are not foreseen by the summer school. However, the University Hospital Ghent has multiple restaurants, sandwich shops on site, and supermarkets nearby. The UZ Gent restaurants and sandwich shops offer cheap meals for students.

Monday 01/07/2024


16:30-17:00: Early registration (location: Aula Academia)

17:00-19:00: Doctoral Defense “Understanding gender dynamics in return to work of transgender and gender diverse people” (Joy van de Cauter, UZ Gent/UGent, BE) (location: Aula Academia)

19:00-20:00: Reception Doctoral Defense (including finger food and beverages)

Tuesday 02/07/2024


8:00-9:00 Registration desk opens

9:00-9:30 Welcome address (Piet Hoebeke, UZ Gent/UGent, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, BE & Annelou de Vries, EPATH President, Amsterdam UMC, NL)

9:30-12:00 Key aspects in transgender care

  • Understanding the guidelines for transgender health (Jon Arcelus, Co-Chair of the Standards of Care 8th edition & University of Nottingham, UK)

15-minute break

  • Transgender care for adolescents: Current knowledge and clinical challenges (Annelou de Vries, Amsterdam UMC, NL)
  • The concept of multidisciplinary care (Laura Garner, Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health, UK)

12:00-13:00: Lunch break

13:00-15:00: Key aspects in transgender research

  • Getting funded for transgender research (Chloë de Witte, UZGent, BE & Frederik Vandecasteele, UGent, BE)
  • Ethical and methodological aspects in transgender research design (Joz Motmans, UZ Gent, BE)
  • How to get published in transgender health (Walter Bouman, Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health & University of Nottingham, UK)

15:15-16:15: General Assembly Meeting (in person & online)

  • EPATH members only

Wednesday 03/07/2024


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture: How political and cultural aspects shape transgender care (Iva Zegura, University of Zagreb, HR & Attila Fazekas, University Hospital Lund, SE)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture: Caring for peers, partners, families, and loved ones (Koray Basar, Hacettepe University, TR)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes

  • Country difference in approaching healthcare (Laura Garner, Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health & Attila Fazekas, University Hospital Lund, SE)
  • Youth care: approaches & challenges in transgender healthcare (Jon Arcelus, University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Impact of different therapeutic approaches (Iva Zegura, University of Zagreb, HR)
  • Lived experiences & Minority stress (Koray Basar, Hacettepe University, TR) 

16:30-17:00: Break

17:00-19:00 Tête-à-tête mentoring sessions

Thursday 04/07/2024


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture: The social and legal position of trans people in Europe (Pieter Cannoot, Ghent University, BE)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture: Gynaecological aspects, fertility options and parenting (Norah van Mello, Amsterdam UMC, NL)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes

  • Reproductive & Gynaecological care (Norah van Mello, Amsterdam UMC, NL)
  • Challenges in transgender care: children’s and adults rights: A European perspective (Pieter Cannoot, UGent, BE) 
  • Surgical Aspects & Voice (Evelien d’Haeseleer, UZ Gent/UGent, BE & Müjde Özer, Amsterdam UMC, NL) 
  • Mental health (Jeroen de Winter, KU Leuven/Tilburg University, BE/NL & Attila Fazekas, University Hospital Lund, SE) 

16:30-19:00 Break

19:00-22:00 Public debate ‘Transgender Care within the Current Political Climate’

Friday 05/07/2024


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture: Surgical aspects in transgender health (Anne-Françoise Spinoit, UZ Gent, BE & Karel Claes, UZ Gent, BE &  Marlon Buncamper, UZ Gent, BE)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture: Endocrinology in paediatric and adult care (Alessandra Fisher, University of Florence, IT & Daniël Klink, UZ Gent, BE)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes

  • Somatic Health (Daniel Klink, UZ Gent, BE) 
  • Trauma & Resilience (Timo Nieder, UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf, DE)
  • Education & Environmental support (Joz Motmans, UZ Gent/UGent, BE) 
  • Endocrine care (Guy T’Sjoen, UZ Gent/UGent, BE) 

16:30-17:00 Plenary Closing remarks & handing out of the certificates of attendance (Annelou de Vries, EPATH President & Joz Motmans, EPATH Past-president)

If you want to read more about the format of the summer school and the criteria for participation, read more about it here.