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First EURONET-SOMA summer school in 2019

From June, 15th to 18th 2019, the first EURONET-SOMA summer school will open up the space in Allersmaborg, Ezinge (Netherlands) in cooperation with the EAPM for discussing the concept, research questions and interdisciplinary perspectives on persistent somatic symptoms (PSS). PSS, including diagnoses such as somatic symptom disorder, functional somatic syndromes or medically unexplained symptoms, pose significant challenges for patients, practitioners and the health care systems. The EURONET-SOMA summer school will give participants the unique chance to learn from established researchers in the field of persistent somatic symptom and to dive into intense discussion with international colleagues from diverse scientific backgrounds.


The program will include sessions on the conceptual models of PSS, diagnostics and treatment options, enriched with a philosophical approach and research methods. A special focus will be set on debating and on communication with media. The social programme starts with sightseeing in Groningen and offers further evening activities, such as a barbeque and pub quiz. The summer school precedes the EAPM congress 2019, taking place in Rotterdam from June 19th to 22nd.


Responsible for the organisation and conduct of the EURONET-SOMA summer school are Prof. Dr. Judith Rosmalen (Groningen, Netherlands), Dr. Tim olde Hartman (Nijmegen, Netherlands), and Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych. Bernd Löwe (Hamburg, Germany).


Key facts:


Who Selected PhD-students and post-docs from   

diverse backgrounds

Date Saturday 15 June – Tuesday 18 June 2019
Location Allersmaborg, Ezinge (near the city of Groningen)
Fee €400
Course language English
Number of participants 24
Certificate Certificate of Attendance
Deadline of application 1st May 2019

The call for application is open to international PhD students and Post-docs who are already involved in research on persistent somatic symptoms in a range of different disciplines (such as medicine, (neuro)biology, social and behavioural sciences, philosophy and health economics). The application deadline for the 24 spots available is May 1st 2019. Applications should be sent to, including a motivational letter, a CV, and a potential publication list (please combine these documents to a single pdf-file). The fee for participation is 400€ and comprises the scientific program, the certificate of attendance, accommodation and meals. The EAPM is happy to announce that two summer school stipends, amounting to 300€ each, will be offered to participants from eastern and southern Europe. Application for these grants should be included in the application to the summer school.


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The location in Allersmaborg.





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