Program EPATH’s 1st Summer School

General structure of the program
  • 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)
  • Doctoral students with non-selected submissions will need to prepare a poster presentation. (1h30 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 27/06/2022


19:00-20:30 Informal get together, location tbc (registration desk open from 19:00-20:00)

Tuesday 28/06/2022


8:00-9:00 Registration desk opens

9:00-9:30 Welcome address by

    • Piet Hoebeke, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, and
    • Joz Motmans, President of EPATH

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

    • Jon Arcelus: Understanding the guidelines for transgender health
    • Els Elaut: Decision-making processes in care, client-therapist relationship
    • Vanessa Lacey: Caring for peers, partners, families & loved-ones

12:00-13:00: Lunch break

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

    • Chloë de Witte & Frederik Vandecasteele: Getting funded for transgender research
    • Joz Motmans: Ethical and methodological aspects in transgender research design
    • Walter Bouman: How to get published in transgender health

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Attended poster presentations

20:00-… Social programme in the city

Wednesday 29/06/2022


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Iva Zegura

    • Pieter Cannoot: The social and legal position of trans people in Europe

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Gunter Heylens

    • Norah van Mello: Gynaecological aspects, fertility options and parenting

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes:

    • Pieter Cannoot: Challenges in transgender care: children’s and adults rights: A European perspective
    • Iva Zegura & Vanessa Lacey: Cultural differences in approaching in mental health care
    • Ben Vincent: Non-binary people in transgender health
    • Norah van Mello: Fertility & parenting

16:00-19:00 Break

19:00-22:00 Public debate “Transgender health care from a human rights perspective


Thursday 30/06/2022


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Daniël Klink

    • Annelou de Vries: Mental and sexual health of children & adolescents

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Alessandra Fisher

    • Christina Richards: Mental health in adults

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes:

    • Luk Gijs & Müjde Özer: Sexual health
    • Annelou de Vries & Gunter Heylens: Neurodiversity: approaches and challenges in transgender health
    • Christina Richards & Guy T’Sjoen: Retransition/Detransition
    • Timo Nieder & Alessandra Fisher: E-health in practice

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

Friday 01/07/2022


9:00-10:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Guy T’Sjoen

    • Karel Claes, Marlon Buncamper & Anne-Françoise Spinoit: Surgcial aspects in transgender health

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Keynote lecture – discussant: Timo Nieder

    • Alessandra Fisher & Daniël Klink: Endocrinology in paediatric and adult care

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-16:30 Interdisciplinary master classes:

    • Daniël Klink & Karlien Dhondt: Endocrine care in minors
    • Alessandra Fisher & Walter Bouman & Jon Arcelus: Endocrine care in adults
    • Marlon Buncamper: Challenges in surgery: age, non-standard requests, etc.

16:30-17:00 Plenary Closing remarks & handing out of the certificates of attendance