Pre-Congress Courses & Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress Courses & Congress Workshops

EAPS strongly believes in education and is happy to announce 5 hands on courses that will be scheduled on the pre-congress day, Thursday, October 17, prior to the start of the 10th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) and 6 hands on workshops that will be run in parallel to the Congress sessions during October 18-20.

Space is limited, pre-registration and payment is required in order to secure your ticket. Course/ workshop registration works on a ‘first come, first serve basis’. Registration is available through the registration page. For any queries please contact
Course and workshop detailed programmes are available at the bottom of this page.

Course name Date Time Location Early registration fee Onsite registration fee
Pre-Congress Courses
Pre-Congress Course 1 (ESN*): Neonatal and paediatric vascular access October 17, 2024 08:30-16:00 Congress Venue €75 €90
Pre-Congress Course 2 (ESN*): Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography October 17, 2024 08:30-16:00 Congress Venue €100 €115
Pre-Congress Course 3 (ESN*): How to treat and care for the micropreemie: Pharmacotherapy and beyond October 17, 2024 08:30-16:00 Congress Venue €75 €90
Pre-Congress Course 4 (ESN*): Neonatal Cranial Ultrasound, meet the experts October 17, 2024 08:30-16:00 Congress Venue €75 €90
Pre-Congress Course 5 (ESN*): Advanced Neonatal Life Support; Training & Debriefing October 17, 2024 2 sessions to be repeated: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00-16:00 Pediatric Simulation Training Center, Vienna General Hospital, Department of Pediatrics €75 €90
Pre-Congress Course 6 (ESN*): Neuromonitoring in the NICU and PICU October 17, 2024 2 sessions to be repeated: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00-16:00 Pediatric Simulation Training Center, Vienna General Hospital, Department of Pediatrics €75 €90
Workshops during the congress
Workshop 01 (ESN*): Translational research in Perinatology October 18, 2024 08:00-13:00 Congress Venue €60 €75
Workshop 02: Atraumatic lumbar puntion October 18, 2024 Select 1 slot from:
14:30-15:15/ 15:15-16:00/ 16:30-17:15
Congress Venue €60 €75
Workshop 03: Updates on non-invasive ventilation and bedside respiratory function monitoring in the newborn October 19, 2024 08:00-13:00 Congress Venue €60 €75
Workshop 04 (ESN*): Writing your next publication with the editors October 19, 2024 14:30-17:30 Congress Venue €40 €55
Workshop 05 (ESN*): Lactation and breastfeeding: Ensure babies thrive whilst keeping parents on your side October 20, 2024 08:00-13:00 Congress Venue €60 €75

*The European School of Neonatology (ESN) is the educational arm of the European Society for Paediatric Research in Neonatology.


ESN pre-congress courses are open to any medical professional who supports the aims of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR).

ECTS points

Trainees of the ESN pre-congress courses receive European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) points for their participation:

  • Half-day course: 0.25 ECTS points.
  • 1-day course: 0.5 ECTS points.
  • 2-day course: 1 ECTS point.

At the end of the congress, you will be rewarded with a course certificate. All ECTS points accumulated through attending ESN educational offers or by attending courses from partner organisations can be counted towards obtaining a degree from the ESN, such as the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Neonatology.

About the ESN

The European School of Neonatology (ESN) equips medical professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, competences, and attitudes required to practise high-quality neonatal medicine tailored to their local clinical setting. Taking into account principles of evidence-based medicine, ESN programming joins theory and practice so that medical professionals can effectively practise Neonatology at all levels of care. Amongst the ESN offers are a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Neonatology, a Master of Science (MSc) in Neonatology, Special Courses and Training, and the free Lecture series ‘Perspectives on Effective Neonatology’. To find out more about the ESN, click here.

Course Programmes

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09:00 – 09:10  Time for revolution in neonatal vascular access
Fiammetta Piersigilli, Belgium 
09:10 – 09:40  The many uses of ultrasound in neonatal vascular
Robin Van der Lee, Netherlands 
09:40 – 10:00  Visualization of superficial veins in neonates (RaSuVA protocol and NIR technology) and  insertion of epicutaneo-cava catheters
Vito D’andrea, Italy 
10:00 – 10:20 Insertion of umbilical venous catheters
Giovanni Barone, Italy 
10:20 – 10:40 Ultrasound guided central catheters (CICCs and FICCs) in neonates
Mauro Pittiruti, Italy 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:20 Securement of the catheter and protection of the exit site: cyanoacrylate glue and transparent membranes
Roland Van Rens, Netherlands
11:20 – 11:40 Technique of intraosseous access in neonates
Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria
11:40 – 12:00 Prevention of central line associated blood stream infections –
Fiammetta Piersigilli, Belgium 
12:00 – 12:20 Open discussion / Q&A
12:20 – 13:00 Videos / discussion / Q&A
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Hands on practice:
Skill station 1 – Ultrasound visualization of superficial and deep veins and echocardiography for tip location (on volunteers)
Fiammetta Piersigilli, Belgium; Giovanni Barone, Italy
Skill station 2 – Techniques of ultrasound guided venipuncture (on simulator)
Robin Van der Lee, Netherlands; Anna Milan, UK
Skill station 3  – Techniques for catheter securement and protection of the exit site (on simulator)
15:30 – 17:00 Continuation of hands on practice
Vito D’andrea, Italy; Roland Van Rens, Netherlands; Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria 


  • To introduce 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

09:00    Welcome
Eirik Nestaas, Norway 
09:10    How to get good images
Samir Gupta, UK 
09:30    Routine Ultrasound Views
Eirik Nestaas, Norway 
10:10    Review “Use of NPE in our clinic – clinical context”
Eugene Dempsey, Ireland
10:40    Coffee break
11:10     Assessment of PDA
Silvia Martini, Italy
11:40    Assessment of PPHN
Kasper Jacobsen Kyng, Denmark
12:10    Assessment of Neonatal Shock
Holger Michel, Germany
12:40    Lunch break
13:30    Hands-on Sessions*
16:15     Wrap-up
Kasper Jacobsen Kyng, Denmark & Silvia Martini, Italy
16:30    End
*Hands-on Sessions – There will be multiple stations during the hands-on sessions in the afternoon, so echocardiography can be practiced in smaller groups allowing hands-on experience for everyone (both on simulator and volunteers, i.e. healthy children).

08:30 – 08:40    Welcome


08:40 – 09:00    Q&A with audience on expectations and sessions pre-congress course


09:00– 09:20     Birth of the micropreemie: Delivery room management

09:20 – 09:30    Discussion

09:30 – 09:50    Intensive care of the micropreemie: An immature science

09:50 – 10:00    Discussion


10:00 – 10:20    What is new in brain therapeutics for extremely preterm neonates

10:20 – 10:30    Discussion

10:30-11:00      Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20    What is new in infection prevention in extremely preterm neonates

11:20 – 11:30    Discussion


11:30 – 12:00    Q&A with audience on expectations and sessions pre-congress course


12:00 – 12:20    From immature pharmacotherapy towards pharmacotherapy of the immature

12:20 – 12:30    Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 13:50    Steroids for the extreme preterm neonate

13:50– 14:00     Discussion

14:00– 14:20     How to optimally use respiratory stimulating drugs in extreme preterm neonates?

14:20 – 14:30    Discussion

14:30 – 14:50    Update on hemodynamic pharmacotherapy of the extreme preterm neonate

14:50 – 15:00    Discussion


15:00 – 15:30    Interactive discussion with audience


15:30 – 16:00    Wrap up and lessons learned presented by experts

Cranial ultrasound is the most widely used neuroimaging tool to study the newborn brain. Traditionally, it main role was to detect major brain lesions in preterm infants,  such as intraventricular hemorrhage and its complications and cystic white matter injury. However, the quality of both the ultrasound equipment and technique has improved considerably over time. This provides new possibilities, for the recognition of other forms of brain lesions, for treatment and for outcome prediction. On the other hand cranial ultrasound still has its limitations and in some cases other types of imaging may be preferred.

This workshop focusses on the role of cranial ultrasound for the main neurologic conditions present in the neonatal intensive care unit and focusses on the “how , why, when and what” questions. It brings also many examples and room for interactive discussions.


09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and registration
09:15 – 09:35  How to come to an optimal CUS protocol in your NICU
Jeroen Dudink, Netherlands 
09:35 – 09:40 Discussion
09:40 – 10:00 Why perform Doppler ultrasound; technical and clinical aspects
Sandra Horsch, Germany 
10:00 – 10:05 Discussion
10:05 – 10:25 When to intervene; CUS in IVH and PHVD
Mayka Bravo, Spain 
10:25 – 10:30 Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
10:00 – 11:20 How to image the posterior fossa
Sylke Steggerda, Netherlands 
11:20 – 11:25 Discussion
11:25 – 11:45  What to expect from ultrasound in brain infections
Ana Alarcon Allen, Spain
11:45 – 11:50 Discussion
11:50 – 12:00 Interactive case discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:20  Why perform ultrasound  in HIE,  when you also do MRI
Isabel Benavente, Spain
14:20 – 14:25  Discussion
14:25 – 15:30  Interactive case discussion
15:30 – 16:00 What do we tell parents; CUS and outcome prediction – Panel discussion
16:00 – 16:20 QUIZ, show your CUS knowledge and win a prize
16:20 – 16:30 Closing remarks and good bye

Participants will experience two different emergency scenarios within a high-fidelity simulated neonatal resuscitation or intensive care unit setting. Scenarios will be debriefed afterwards to discuss learning objectives and to reflect an trainees’ performance. Necessary qualification to attend this workshop is basic knowledge about neonatal life support.

Learning goals: Advanced Neonatal Life Support, Human Factors, Non-Technical Skills, Set-up of high-fidelity simulation-based training

09:00-09:30 – Introduction to simulation-based training / Familiarisation

09:30 – 10:30 – Simulation + Debriefing Case 1

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 11:45 – Simulation + Debriefing Case 2

11:45 – 12:00 – Summary and Discussion


Lorenz Sommer, Austria
Hannah Schwarz, Austria
Katharina Bibl, Austria
Marije Hogeveen, Netherlands
Tomasz Szczapa, Poland
Lukas Mileder, Austria
Michael Wagner, Austria

Workshop Programmes

Workshop objective: To have different perspectives in modelling and evaluating causes and consequences of perinatal challenges and to discuss critical phases of early career development of basic scientists, medical and clinical researchers who are interested in an academic career in Neonatology.

08:00 – 08:05 Welcome
08:05 – 08:25 Causes and consequences of perinatal brain injury – basic research perspective
Ivo Bendix, Germany 
08:25 – 08:45 Structural and functional lung remodelling following experimental perinatal insults
Miguel Alejandre Alcazar, Germany 
08:45 – 09:05 Modelling intraventricular haemorrhages in a preterm rabbit model – mechanisms and therapeutic approaches
Magnus Gram, Sweden 
09:05 – 09:25 Overcoming translational roadblocks – multidrug comparison in a model of neonatal encephalopathy
09:25 – 10:00 Round table – keep the fire burning
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 10:50 Impact of immune cell frequencies and function on perinatal brain injury
10:50 – 11:10 Early interventions to improve neonatal outcome in low-resource settings
Cally Tann, UK
11:10 – 11:30 Multi-organ injury in perinatal ovine models
11:30 – 11:45 Round table – Do´s and Don’t´s in academia
11:45 – 12:00 Short break
12:00 – 12:55 How to get your paper published (the Editors perspective)
Eleanor Molloy, Ireland
12:55 – 13:00 Closing/feedback discussion

Participants can select one of 3 slots to attend:


Faculty: Annemie Bauters, Belgium 

Aim:  to understand the working mechanisms and optimization strategies of the more advanced non-invasive ventilation modes (including NIPPV and Synchronized NIPPV, nasal HFV, and NIV NAVA); to learn the principles behind two attractive, non-invasive respiratory function monitoring techniques – the Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) and Respiratory Oscillometry (or FOT) – and their applicability in neonatology.


8:00-8:10 Introduction
Bernard Barzilay, Israel 

8:10-8:30 Newer Modes of Non-Invasive Ventilation (nIPPV+Non Invasive HFV)
Hans Fuchs, Germany 

8:30-8:50 Closed Loop Oxygen Control on Non-Invasive Respiratory Support
Theodore Dassios, UK 

8:50-9:10 NIV NAVA
Richard Sindelar, Sweden

9:10-9:30 Electrical Impedance Tomography
Anton van Kaam, Netherlands

9:30-10:00 Respiratory Oscillometry (Forced Oscillation Technique, FOT)
Anna Lavizzari, Italy

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

Practical Sessions:

The participants will be divided into 3 groups.

3 Rotating Stations, each station will be 45 minutes.

Station 1: nIPPV + nHFV
Bernard Barzilay, Israel & Hans Fuchs, Germany 

Station 2: NIV-NAVA
Richard Sindelar, Sweden & Theodore Dassios, UK

Station 3: Respiratory function monitoring: Electrical Impedance Tomography and Respiratory Oscillometry (Forced Oscillation Technique, FOT)
Anna Lavizzari, Italy & Anton van Kaam, Netherlands 

14:30 – 15:30 Writing your draft manuscript
Jos Latour, UK 
15:30 – 15:45  Your journal choice, completing, and submitting
Agnes van den Hoogen, Netherlands
15:45 – 16:00 What reviewers say about your manuscript and how to reply
 Eleanor Molloy, Ireland
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break & networking
16:30 – 17:30  Debate with the Editor in Chief: what they say, what they want, what they accept (Pediatric Research)
Cynthia Bearer, USA
16:30 – 17:30  Debate with the Editor in Chief: what they say, what they want, what they accept (European Journal of Pediatrics)


Faculty: Johanna Sargeant & Janet Prince, Switzerland 

The problem: Why does it matter?

  • Parents are learning not to trust their paediatricians.
  • Maternal mental health’s connection to breastfeeding, and its impact on infant health
  • Results of interviews with parents
  • Quiz – Where is your knowledge lacking?


Typical weight gain challenges and how to advise – Rule #1: Feed the baby.

  • Low weight gain
  • Low milk supply
  • Supplementation – keep babies fed and protect breastfeeding


The cause?!

  • Typical issues with the baby’s oral function
    • Tongue Ties
    • Feeding Coordination
    • high and low tone
    • Oral aversion
  • Typical issues with the mother
    • Hormonal imbalance
    • Blood loss and birth trauma
    • Hypoplastic breasts
    • Ideal blood values


Typical infant problems – connection to breastfeeding, and what to do?

  • Frequent feeds / long feeds
  • Candida / thrush
  • Infant Reflux
  • Dietary sensitivities
  • Frequency and duration of feeds


Quick Fixes! Easy, quick advice for parents:

  • Biological feeding position and skin to skin
  • Switch feeding
  • Careful supplementation (eg paced bottle feeding)
  • Flange size when pumping


Communication: What parents really need from you:

  • How to keep parents on your side while helping babies thrive
  • Awareness of personal bias
  • When to refer out and who to refer to