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


17:00-17:30: Early registration (location TBA)

17:30-19:00: Social programme in the city

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)
  • Looking at care from a global perspective (Annelou de Vries, Amsterdam UMC, NL)
  • How political and cultural aspects shape transgender care (Iva Zegura, University of Zagreb, BE)

12:00-13:00: Lunch break

13:00-16:00: Key aspects in transgender research

  • Getting funded for transgender research (tbc)
  • 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)

Wednesday 03/07/2024


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture: Mental and sexual health of children & adolescents (Annelou de Vries, Amsterdam UMC, NL)

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 (topics TBA: based on selected submissions)

16:00-19:00 Break

19:00-22:00 Public debate


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 (topics TBA: based on selected submissions)

16:30-18:30 Tête-à-tête mentoring sessions

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 (Daniël Klink, UZ Gent, BE & tbc)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes (topics TBA: based on selected submissions)

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.