ESPGHAN What’s New – December 2020

Dear ESPGHAN Members,
Dear Friends,

It is time to pass on our best wishes and gratitude for the past year and for the New Year ahead. However, this year our sentiments are even more heartfelt. We have all endured a very difficult period over these past months, and for the first time in the history of ESPGHAN there was no Annual Meeting. Yet, it is incredible to see that, despite the present situation and restrictions, we have all stayed positive and productive, and have faced the challenges head-on and resolutely.

Within ESPGHAN, we have managed to launch our new website, create two new standing Committees (Research and Education) and have added to our awards and grants allocation with the new endoscopy fellowships and AHP Award. We have also initiated our Quality of Care project and our Committees have remained active and engaged throughout the year, as always.

We offer our sincere thanks, and wish you all a very merry Christmas, and happy festivities and religious holidays across all other denominations and faiths and to enjoy with your family a peaceful and relaxing period over the next few weeks. Let us proceed into the New Year with renewed hope for a prosperous, healthy and peaceful 2021, and determination to leave behind a most difficult year.

ESPGHAN Executive Committee and Office


Open Positions
Council 2021 – Important positions such as President Elect, General Secretary and Scientific Secretary are currently open for applications.

Committee Positions 2021 – Open positions for Nutrition Committee, Hepatology Committee, Young ESPGHAN and AHP Committees

If you are interested in helping to shape the future of ESPGHAN by applying for any of the above societal roles, please click here for further details. We look forward to receiving your applications.


Educational Events
Educational Events 2021: Please click here

We are pleased to announce our overview for Education Events for 2021, inclusive of postponed events from 2020.


Important Information for Members
In Memoriam –  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our esteemed colleagues and Members, Prof. Hans Hoekstra. He will be sadly missed and a touching obituary can be found by clicking here.

ESPGHAN Constitution 2021 – In accordance with the voting carried out during our 2020 AGM regarding governing roles and their reservation for European based Members, an overview of the proposed changes can now be found in the MyESPGHAN area of the website. We encourage all Members to log-in and review the proposed changes. Once logged in, the document and overview can be found by clicking on the tab „constitutional updates 2021“.

Young ESPGHAN Case of the Month: December 2020

WCPGHAN Vienna 2021 – Keep up to date with all progress for the planning of the WCPGHAN by visiting the dedicated congress website

ESPGHAN Awards and Grants – Current awards and Grants available in 2020:
Charlotte Anderson Award – Deadline 31.12.20
ESPGHAN Distinguished Service Award – Deadline 31.12.20
ESPGHAN International Exchange Award – Deadline 31.12.20


European Affairs
UEG Research Prize 2021 – Applications are now open for the 2021 UEG Research Prize, which awards 100,000 Euro for excellence in basic sciences, translational or clinical research. More information can be found by clicking here.