EPATH’s 1st Summer School:

Transgender health: Interdisciplinary approaches

EPATH organized their 1st Summer School from June 28 – July 1 2022, at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. We had 38 participants from 17 different countries who followed our seasonal school en titled ‘Transgender Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches’. The overall satisfaction rate was 9.6/10 and we definitely are committed in repeating the seasonal school in  2024! EPATH wishes to thank all speakers involved for their teaching, and all participants for their commitment for transgender health. Here you can find a picture of our very first class of 2022:

 The first summer School dealt 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 adults.

By offering advanced plenary keynote lectures by experts in transgender health from different scientific backgrounds, all participants were offered the state of the art from these respective fields. All participants engaged 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) offered a good introduction of this respective field. In the afternoon, participants could 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.

Interested in the next edition (June 2024)? View our program or read more information about the summer school below!

  • 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. Clinicans, 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, sandwich lunches and coffee breaks, reading material, and public debate.

For PhD students:

  • EPATH/WPATH student members: €195
  • Other students: €250
    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: €550
  • EPATH members reduced fee*: €250
  • EPATH non-members: €750
  • EPATH non-members reduced fee*: €450

*Participants from the following countries are entitled for reduced fees: Albania, Armenia, Azerbeijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazahstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, 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 5 scholarschips to those interested. The deadline for application for a scholarship has already ended.

Scientific Committee
  • Alessandra Fisher (University of Florence, IT)
  • Annelou de Vries (Amsterdam UMC, NL)
  • Christina Richards (Regent’s University London, UK)
  • Guy T’Sjoen (UGent, BE)
  • Iva Žegura (University of Zagreb, HR)
  • Joz Motmans (UZ Gent, BE)
  • Luk Gijs (KU Leuven, BE)
  • Mudje Özer (VUmc, NL)
  • Piet Hoebeke (UZ Gent, BE)
  • Timo Nieder (UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf, DE)
  • Vanessa Lacey (Gendercare, IE)

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