2019 Transition Symposium

Second European Symposium on Transition

12-­13 September 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland

A year ago, fifty pioneers met in Lausanne for the first European transition symposium. It was, in our view, a great success: many abstracts reporting work done all over Europe were presented; two amazing plenary sessions opened up new considerations regarding transition; and a delightful networking supper in a local theatre run by youths enabled great networking amongst professionals across Europe and beyond working for the same cause.

We are now delighted to announce the second edition of the European Transition Symposium that will be held in Lausanne. The aim of this symposium is to gather experts in transition in order to share experiences and think together on where to go from now. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Switzerland in September!

This symposium is ideal for: Professionals working with children and/or adolescents with chronic illness (educators, nurses, psychologists, physicians, researchers, social workers, teachers, etc.); wishing to develop or implement a transition program in their clinic, or to share their experience in transition; Students undertaking a masters or PhD on the subject of chronic conditions/transition.

Prof. Joan-Carles Suris & Dr Christina Akre

Registration & Fees

Deadline for registration: 30 July 2019

Physicians 225 CHF
Other health professionals (nurses, psychologists, social workers, etc.) 200 CHF
Students (with proven certificate) 125 CHF

The fees include Thursday lunch, coffee breaks, yoga breaks, participation at the speed networking supper, and attendance certificate

Register here!

Final Program (PDF version Final Program 05.07.2019)

Thursday September 12th

8:00-8:20 Welcome
8:20-8:30 Presentation of the symposium Joan-Carles Surís & Christina Akre
8:30-8:40 Yoga break presentation Elisabet Surís
8:40-10:10 Round table: Transition in mental health Chair: Joan-Carles Suris
Challenges and synergies in shaping a medicine of transition in youth mental health Kerstin Von Plessen
The use of online therapies to fill the gap of transitions between hospital services and the community in eating disorders Valentina Cardi
Strategic issues for the transition from adolescence to adulthood in ADHD Michel Bader
10:10-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-13:00 Workshops (chose 1):
Workshop 1: Let’s build an optimal transition program together Valérie Geiser & AnnLoes Van Staa
Workshop 2: How to assess/evaluate a transition program Enora Leroux & Corina Thomet
Workshop 3: How to include youths and families in your transition program Grete Teilmann & Christina Akre
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:05 Yoga break Elisabet Surís
14:05-16:20 Short communications (11) Chair: Sylvain Blanchon
16:20-16:40 Coffee break
16:40-16:45 Yoga break Elisabet Surís
16:45-17:30 Plenary session 1:

Transition training for staff working in a children’s hospice

Chair: Christina Akre

Ann Mills

19:30 ­ Speed networking supper

Friday September 13th

8:00-8:20 Yoga session (optional) Elisabet Surís
8:00-8:30 Welcome
8:30-10:15 Short communications (8) Chair: Laurence Di Benedetto
10:15-10:35 Coffee break
10:35-10:40 Yoga break Elisabet Surís
10:40-11:40 Plenary session 2:

Transition among the non-chronically ill adolescents: a view from both sides of the bridge

Chair: Christina Akre

Nicolas Senn & Joan-Carles Suris

11:40-11:55 Conclusions of the symposium & Awards ceremony Joan-Carles Surís & Christina Akre
11:55-12:00 Final yoga break (to go back home relaxed) Elisabet Surís


Dr Christina Akre, PhD, Senior lecturer, Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté) – University of Lausanne – & Hôpital de l’Enfance, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Dr Michel Bader, MD, Senior lecturer, Child abd Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Lausanne University Hospital, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Sylvain Blanchon, MD-PhD, Pediatric Pulmonology and Cystic Fibrosis Unit, Department Women-Mother-Child, University of Lausanne and Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Dr Valentina Cardi, BRC Clinical Psychologist Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London, UK

Laurence De Goumoens Di Benedetto, Specialised Nurse, Hôpital de l’Enfance de Lausanne, Lausanne University
Hospital, Switzerland

Mrs Valérie Geiser, Nurse, Pediatric Cardiology Unit, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Dr Enora Le Roux, PhD, Assistant Professor in public health, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Robert Debré, Unité d’Epidémiologie Clinique; UMR1123 ECEVE, Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Inserm, Paris, France

Mrs Ann Mills, MISCP MMedSc, Senior physiotherapist, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, Dublin, Ireland

Prof Nicolas Senn, MS, PhD, Head of the Department of Family Medicine, , Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté) – University of Lausanne – Switzerland

Prof. JC Suris, MD, MPH, PhD, Department of epidemiology and health systems, Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté) – University of Lausanne – & Hôpital de l’Enfance, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Dr Grete Teilmann, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department for Children and Adolescents, Copenhagen University Hospital Nordsjælland, Dyrehavevej 29, DK 3400 Hillerød

Mrs Corina Thomet, Advanced Practice Nurse, MScN. Center for Congenital Heart Disease, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Dr AnneLoes van Staa, PhD MD MA RN, Professor Transitions in Care, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Research Centre Innovations in Care, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. Kerstin von Plessen, MD, Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

Elisabet Surís Granell, Professor of Kundalini Yoga for the European Yoga Alliance, for the International Standards of the International Yoga Federation and for PREM (International Kundalini Yoga Association)


Workshop 1: Let’s build an optimal transition program together! – Valérie Geiser & AnnLoes Van Staa

In this workshop, we will use experiences and evidence from the Dutch On Your Own Feet program, from the Cardiology transition program from the Lausanne University Hospital and from you as participant to build an optimal transition program. International guidelines and useful interventions will inspire us to discuss pitfalls and reflect on challenges and their solutions. Our practical, comprehensive approach will provide you with tips and tricks to improve your transition program.

Workshop 2: How to assess/evaluate a transition program – Enora Leroux & Corina Thomet

The objective of this workshop is to acquire essential theoretical and practical knowledge for the assessment of transition programs. This workshop will allow you to review the theoretical key points of the evaluation of a transition intervention based on the recommendations made for complex interventions and international studies of transition assessment. The workshop will also allow to exchange our experiences on transition program evaluation that took place in various area and to address its practical aspects.

Workshop 3: How to include youths and families in your transition program – Grete Teilmann & Christina Akre

The objective of this workshop is to reflect on why it is best to include families in transition and how to do so. Using examples from Denmark and Switzerland, this workshop will allow participants to better understand the challenges faced by parents in transition, the impact of transition on families, and how they can be supported during this period to allow them to transition too. Participants will enable to learn from each other’s experiences and reflect on how they can improve their inclusion of families in their transition program.


The Symposium will take place on the Campus of the University of Lausanne, Internef building, Room #125.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed (deadline was 1st June 2019)

All abstracts are peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee as part of the selection process. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made via e-mail by June 30th 2019.

An award will be given for the best oral presentation.

Symposium Organizers

Prof. Joan-Carles Suris, Unisanté, UNIL, Lausanne Dr Christina Akre, Unisanté, UNIL, Lausanne

For questions about the course or the symposium, do not hesitate to contact us:

Joan-Carles.Suris@chuv.ch or Christina.Akre@chuv.ch