Caucasus & Central Asia School

ESPE Caucasus & Central Asia School aims to support paediatricians who have entirely or partially completed their basic paediatric training and who are now either established in, or intending to develop a deep and continuing interest in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes.

The next ESPE C&CA school will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 11 to 15 October 2019. Applications are now closed


The course will be held over 4 days (5 nights).

  • Arrival: Sunday 11 October 2019. Faculty members and students (from countries outside Kazakhstan) will be met during the day at Astana airport and travel by coach to the hotel.
  • Departure: The course finishes on the morning of Wednesday 16 October 2019.
  • Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge, and travel grants will cover a train or reasonably priced plane ticket to Astana railway station or airport. Travel fees will be remunerated in euros during the meeting.
  • Before the School, fellows will be provided with login details for the ESPE e-learning programme, where main topics will be available in both Russian and English. Self-study of the e-learning programme prior to the course is highly recommended.

What to expect

  • The format of this school will differ from previous years, the best students from previous schools – hailing from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine – being invited to attend.
  • On the last day of the 4-day course, there will be a one-day symposium open to all interested paediatricians in Central Asia.
  • Keynote lectures by experienced ESPE members and pediatric endocrinologists from Caucasus and Central Asia, with the aim of covering main topics in paediatric endocrinology.
  • Lectures supplemented by small group sessions to discuss teachers’ cases.
  • Case presentations by each student.
  • The course also includes an introduction into clinical research.
  • Presentation of student research projects.
  • Critical evaluation of selected publications.
  • Small group teaching: Student and teachers clinical case and research project presentations
  • The course will be held in English with slides in Russian and English in double projection.

How to apply

Applications should include:

Applications must be submitted exclusively by e-mail to the Caucasus & Central Asia School Steering Committee Coordinator, Dr. Alina German

Applications will be assessed by the ESPE Caucasus & Central Asia School Steering Committee, and students will be notified of their acceptance by 31 May 2019.

This year preference will be given to applicants from the Caucasian and Central Asia countries – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.  

Participants who apply for membership for the year immediately following their attendance at a school are entitled to one year's free ESPE membership. Please note that this does not apply to existing ESPE members.

See also...

The lectures were given by well-established and experienced speakers from around the world. In addition there were smaller group teaching sessions and case presentations given by the fellows. During breaks and mealtimes the fellows were able to discuss all sorts of topics including career planning with the Faculty in an informal setting.