Pre-Congress Courses

Pre-Congress Courses

EAPS strongly believes in education and is happy to announce 6 hands on courses that will be scheduled on the pre-congress day, Friday, October 7, prior to the start of the 9th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS).

Space is limited, pre-registration and payment is required in order to secure your ticket.
For details about the EBN Pre-Congress Courses please click here.
Costs are as follows:


Course nameEarly rateOnsite rate
Course 01: EAP - Gastroenterology60 Euro 85 Euro
Course 02: ESPR - Neonatal performed echocardiography - a theoretical and practical introduction
60 Euro 85 Euro
Course 03: ESPR - Neonatal cranial ultrasound
60 Euro 85 Euro
Course 04: ESPNIC - Nuts and bolts of paediatric mechanical ventilation
60 Euro 85 Euro
Course 05: ESPNIC - Journeying into research: creating a research engaged and active workforce 35 Euro 50 Euro

CME credit will be applied for the Pre-Congress Courses. ​​


​If you have already registered for the Congress and wish to add a Pre-Congress Course at this time, please email
​If you have not yet registered for the Congress you may shortly reserve your place in the Pre-Congress Courses via the Online Registration Form.


Time: Friday 7th of October 2022

09:00 Welcome and introduction
Course chair: Ketil Størdal, Norway

09:10-09:50 Non-pharmacological treatment for functional abdominal pain
Mark Benninga, The Netherlands

09:50-10:30 Can we prevent the development of food allergy in children?
Hania Szajewska, Poland

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:20 Celiac disease: Diagnostic challenges
Ketil Størdal, Norway

11:20-12:00 What is necessary to diagnose functional constipation?
Mark Benninga, The Netherlands

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-13:40 Inflammatory bowel disease: Diagnostic challenges
Sanja Kolaček, Croatia

13:40-14:20 Biotics in paediatrics
Hania Szajewska, Poland

14:20-14:40 Coffee break

14:40-15:20 Role of nutrition in the etiology and in the treatment of IBD
Sanja Kolaček, Croatia

15:20-15:55 Celiac disease: How should they be followed?
Ketil Størdal, Norway

15:55-16:00 Closing remarks
Course chair: Ketil Størdal, Norway


  • To provide an introduction to neonatologist performed echocardiography, both theoretically (lectures) and practically (hands-on)
  • To discuss the use of NPE for the assessment of several causes of neonatal haemodynamic failure

**Hands on sessions will take place from 12:15 in rotation, in groups. Afternoon lectures will be repeated for the group so that everyone gets to go to hands on and lectures**

08:30    Welcome
Eirik Nestaas, Norway

08:40    Routine ultrasound views
Eirik Nestaas, Norway

09:10    Assessment of heart failure unrelated to congenital heart disease
Yogen Singh, UK

09:40    Coffee break

10:10    Assessment of PDA
Afif EL-Khuffash, Ireland

10:40    Assessment of neonatal shock
Aisling Smith, Ireland

11:10     Preparation for the parallel sessions
Eirik Nestaas, Norway

11:25    Lunch

12:15    The relationship between systemic blood flow and NIRS
Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria

12:40    Organ flow assessment
Elisabeth Kooi, Netherlands

13:10    Assessment of PPHN
Maria Carmen Bravo, Spain

13:45    Coffee break

14:15    The relationship between systemic blood flow and NIRS
Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria

14:40    Organ flow assessment
Elisabeth Kooi, Netherlands

15:10    Assessment of PPHN
Maria Carmen Bravo, Spain

15:45    Wrap up
Maria Carmen Bravo, Spain

Hands-on Sessions

Hands-on sessions on simulator and scanner, in parallel with the 12.15-13.45 and 14.15-15.45 sessions. Simulator of subcostal and parasternal views. Live scanner of apical and suprasternal views.

Facilitators of Hands-on sessions:
Afif El-Khuffash, Ireland
Yogen Singh, UK
Aisling Smith, Ireland
Nim Subhedar, UK
Eirik Nestaas, Norway

Coordinators: Sylke Steggerda, The Netherlands; Sandra Horsch, Germany, on behalf of EurUS.brain

09:00-09:15 Welcome and registration: Sylke Steggerda, Netherlands & Sandra Horsch, Germany

Morning Session
Moderators: Ana Alarcon, Spain & Eva Valverde, Spain

09:15-09:35 Cranial ultrasound, technique and timing
Jeroen Dudink, Netherlands

09:35-09:40 Discussion

09:40-10:00 Doppler ultrasound, technique and clinical aspects
Sandra Horsch, Germany

10:00 –10:05 Discussion

10:05 – 10:35 CUS Imaging of the brain surface
Paul Govaert, Belgium

10:35 –10:40 Discussion

10:40 –11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 Interactive case discussions, session 1
Panel for case discussion: Sandra Horsch, Germany; Jeroen Dudink, Netherlands; Paul Govaert, Belgium
Intraventricular haemorrhage, periventricular haemorrhagic infarction, cerebral sinovenous thrombosis, ischaemic stroke and other disease entities will be discussed along case presentations. Additional to the typical image findings (including grading, classifications, correct terminology), pathogenesis, therapeutic options and prognosis will be discussed in an interactive manner between panel and participants. Participants are encouraged to take part in the online polls for an active discussion.

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

Afternoon session
Moderators: Jeroen Dudink, Netherlands; Sandra Horsch, Germany

13:00- 13:20 Ultrasound of acquired neonatal posterior fossa lesions
Sylke Steggerda, Netherlands

13:20-13:25 Discussion

13:25- 13:45 Posthaemorrhagic ventricular dilatation– when and how to intervene?
Eva Valverde, Spain

13:45 – 13:50 Discussion

13:50 – 14:10 The term baby with perinatal asphyxia
Ana Alarcon, Spain

14:10 – 14:15 Discussion

14:15- 14:35 Coffee break

14:35-15:25 Interactive case discussions, session 2
Panel for case discussion: Ana Alarcon, Spain; Sylke Steggerda, Netherlands; Eva Valverde, Spain; Paul Govaert, Belgium
Cystic and non-cystic types of white matter injury of prematurity, viral and bacterial CNS infections, birth trauma and other disease entities will be discussed along case presentations. Additional to the typical image findings (including grading, classifications, correct terminology) pathogenesis, therapeutic options and prognosis will be discussed.

15:25-15:50 Quiz – show your CUS knowledge and win a prize

15:45-16:00 Closing remarks and good bye
Eva Valverde, Spain; Ana Alarcon, Spain

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to find the best interface for non-invasive ventilation
  • Understand and interpret ventilator waveforms
  • Understand and interpret (volumetric) capnography
  • Understand and interpret advanced respiratory monitoring: oesophageal pressure manometry, transpulmonary pressure
  • Understand how to set the ventilator in restrictive disease: case based discussion
  • Understand how to set the ventilator in obstructive airway disease: case based discussion
  • Understand how to set high-frequency oscillatory ventilation: case based discussion

09.00 Opening
Robert Blokpoel, Netherlands
Martin Kneyber, Netherlands

09.00 – 10.30 Carrousel stations

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 Carrousel stations

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 – 14.00 Case-based discussion, cases brought by participants (all faculty)

14.00 Wrap-up


A (Hands-on station): Finding the best interface for non-invasive ventilation
Mireia Garcia Cusco, Spain

B (Presentation style station): Understanding ventilator wave-forms (pressure, flow, volume)
Yolanda Lopez-Fernandez, Spain

C (Presentation style station): Volumetric capnography: what does it tell me?
Stavrina Ilia, Greece

D (Hands-on station): Advanced respiratory monitoring: transpulmonary (driving) pressure in various conditions, airway occlusion pressure, MIP / P0.1.
Robert Blokpoel, Netherlands

E (Hands-on station): Setting the ventilator in restrictive lung disease / ARDS and obstructive airway disease
Vicente Modesto, Spain, Alberto Medina, Spain

F (Hands-on station): Setting high-frequency oscillatory ventilation
Martin Kneyber, Netherlands


Key elements for the day:
• Why do organisations need research engaged nurses and AHPs
• What can a career with ‘research’ in it look like- examples/ case studies
• How can you build research in to your career
• How do organisations help support nurses and AHPs who are interested in research
• How can mentorship support research careers (and the role ESPNIC can play in supporting this)

Morning session:
Overview: what is the value of a research active nursing and AHP workforce for patients and the organisation. What kind of opportunities and career pathways can this lead to: insights from post-graduate journeys.

1. To highlight the value of a research active nursing and AHP workforce for quality and safety of the organisation
2. To highlight different career pathways and opportunities with case studies from across Europe

Networking lunch

Afternoon session
Overview: how can a research –interested nurse / AHP build research in to their career. Consideration of how organisations can help and support Nurses and AHPs and the importance of mentorship.


1. To highlight different ways to incorporate ‘research’ into nurse and AHP career planning
2. Review how organisations have helped support the development of roles to support research active nurse and AHPs
3. Identify the role of mentorship in career planning and the role ESPNIC can play in supporting this

Morning session
08:00-08:15 – Registration
08:15-08:30 – Welcome and introductions from ESPNIC Nursing and Nursing section chairs
Julie Menzies, UK; Chiara Tosin, Italy
08:30- 09:15 – Why do we need research active Nurses and AHPs in PICU/NICU?
Janet Mattson, Sweden
09:15- 09:45 – What can a career with ‘research’ in it look like?
Julie Menzies, UK

09:45-10:15 Break

10:15- 12:15 Post graduate case studies from across Europe
Chairs: Chiara Tosin, Italy & Rui Bacelos Silva, Portugal

(Personal accounts of individuals research journey and the impact for their practice)
• Iza Andrzejewska, UK – insights from research delivery roles
• Rui Silva, Portugal – insights into conducting a Masters
• Anita de Jong-Bakker, Netherlands – research within the ANP role
• Chiara Tosin, Italy –  insights into conducting a PhD
• Paulien Raymakers, Netherlands – insights into conducting a PhD

Panel discussion: 15 mins discussion

12:00-13:00 –Lunch

Afternoon session
13:00-13:05 – Brief overview of PM
Chiara Tosin, Italy
13:05- 13:45 The value of collaboration: the science; the researcher; and the patient
Joseph Manning, UK

13:45-14:15 Coffee

14:15-15:15 Life after a PhD: Different pathways and opportunities
Anne Sylvie Ramelet, Switzerland, Chantal Grandjean, Switzerland & Joseph Manning, UK

15.15-16.00 The role of mentorship in career planning. How can ESPNIC support aspiring and developing clinical academic nurses and AHPs
Orsola Gawronski, Italy

Featuring example from the ESPNIC mentorship scheme
Anita de Jong-Bakker, Netherlands & Lyvonne Tume, UK

16.00-16.30 Panel discussion: any questions?