Caucasus & Central Asia School

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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.

POSTPONEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - The next ESPE Caucasus & Central Asia School will be in Tbilisi, Georgia in spring 2022

The next ESPE Caucasus & Central Asia School will be in Tbilisi, Georgia in Spring 2022.

COVID-19 - Following a careful assessment by the steering committee, it has been decided that the 2021 Caucasus & Central Asia School will be postponed to Spring 2022, to be held as a physical meeting in Tblisi, Georgia. This decision has been made after careful consideration of the global situation and likelihood of international attendance, as well as the feasibility of hosting an effective online school given connections problems in the region.

ESPE can confirm that ALL applications that have been received for the 2021 date WILL BE considered for the Spring 2022 date, and the applicants will be contacted regarding their availability for the new date in October 2021.. It is hoped that two introductory webinars on Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes will be held in October 2021, for all applicants submitted to the October 2021 School as a “starter” course for the physical School. Further information on the dates of the physical school and the webinars will follow in due course.


Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Details of the spring 2022 course

  • The course will be held over 4 days (5 nights).
  • Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge, and travel grants will cover a train or reasonably priced plane ticket to Tbilisi 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 at the Caucasus & Central Asia School

  • 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 peadiatric 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.


The 2021 ESPE Caucasus & Central Asia School steering committee:

Alina German, Israel (coordinator)

Nino Kheladze, Tbilisi (local organiser)

Rasa Verkauskiene, Lithuania

Jan Lebl, Czech Republic

Malcolm Donaldson, UK

Malika Alimussina, Kazakhstan  

Franco Chiarelli, Italy

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.


ESPE C & CA School 2019

Delegates of the 2019 ESPE C & CA School are able to access course resources and information with the login information provided as part of the registration.   



If you are a delegate and do not have the log in information please contact the ESPE Office.

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"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."