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Improving professional neonatal care in Europe and beyond

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Improving professional neonatal care in Europe and beyond

Welcome to the European School of Neonatology (ESN)

Learn about the ESN

The European School of Neonatology (ESN) represents the educational arm of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) in Neonatology. It is a nonprofit organisation that offers a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Neonatology, special courses and training, and the lecture series ‘Perspectives on Effective Neonatology’. The European School of Neonatology offerings equip medical professionals with the competencies needed to provide effective neonatal care.

ESN's Mission

The European School of Neonatology (ESN) equips medical professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, competences, and attitudes required to practise high-quality neonatal medicine tailored to their local clinical setting. Taking into account principles of evidence-based medicine, ESN programming joins theory and practice so that medical professionals can effectively practise Neonatology at all levels of care.

Get to know the ETR in Neonatology and the ESN's Didactic Concept

ESN programming reflects the European Training Requirements (ETR) in Neonatology curriculum developed by the ESPR to support national training programmes in Neonatal Medicine, one of the Paediatric Specialist training programmes as defined by the Union Européenne des Medicins Specialistes (UEMS). The purpose of the ETR is to define the minimum requirements for training in Neonatology by adapting it to modern-day, clinical work patterns and administrative realities. The ESN puts the ETR Neonatology into practice at the European and global level using evidence based educational methods.

ESN Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)

The Master of Advanced Studies in Neonatology programme is part-time and online, with onsite components within local medical training or work. As part of the Bologna framework, ESN ECTS credits can be earned at other ESPR initiatives such as the NOTE MSc Programme or with external partners in addition to completion of ESN MAS programme modules.

Credit requirements for the 60 ECTS Master of Advanced Studies in Neonatology

The modules

The modules are developed in collaboration with leading international experts from the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR). Each module comprises 3-8 ECTS credits:

• Resuscitation and stabilisation
• The early preterm infant
• The late preterm infant
• Cardiorespiratory failure
• Life-threatening infection
• Brain-injured newborn
• Nutrition of the critically ill newborn
• Surgical problems
• Single system diseases
• Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
• Difficult care conference
• Transition of care
• Neonatal transport

Lecture Series 'Perspectives on Effective Neonatology'

Join our 16-part lecture series that provides a glimpse of the MAS, which consists of recorded presentations followed by moderated expert discussions. Each lecture contributes 0.2 ECTS points towards the MAS and your participation in the entire series is free of charge. Your colleagues are warmly invited to join as well.

Special Courses and Training

This is a collection of collaborative training offers in Neonatology developed inside and outside of the ESPR. Each course contributes ECTS points towards the MAS.

Advanced Cranial Ultrsound Tutorial – by Paul Govaert
Lactation and breastfeeding – by Janet Prince & Johanna Sargeant

Participate in the MAS in Neonatology

Admission criteria

Are you a doctor with a university degree in Paediatrics or a qualified advanced nurse practitioner who would like to specialise in Neonatology? Are you fluent in the English language (IELTS score > 6.5 or a university degree taught in English)? Then the ESN teaching offers are the perfect fit for you!


The tuition fee per module is EUR 1’400. The complete MAS costs EUR 8’400 EUR. Dedicated study grants and scholarships will be made available to you to cover up to 100% of your fees.

Registrations opening in 2023

Leave us your e-mail to receive regular updates on the ESN and its upcoming programme launch. Stay tuned for more!

Become a partner

About the ESPR

The European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) has been at the forefront of Paediatric medical care and innovation since 1958. As one of the oldest and most prolific Paediatric research societies in Europe, the ESPR co-organises annual conferences, supports investigators with research grants, runs a mentoring programme and disseminates cutting-edge findings through its journal Pediatric Research, amongst others. It currently has ten sections representing different Paediatric sub-specialties. Our mission: developing and applying research to improve newborn and child health.

Help us improve neonatal education worldwide

The ESN is set to become the premier neonatal learning offer across Europe and beyond. We provide a broad range of opportunities for partners to engage and collaborate. If you want to learn more about the ESN didactics and medical training as well as opportunities for collaboration, get in touch with us.

Meet the ESN Board

The ESN Board is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of experts from around Europe dedicated to neonatal research and training.

Sven Wellmann


ESN Chairperson
Children’s Hospital Regensburg

Pascal Fentsch


ESN Managing Director
ESPR Secretariat

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Manfred Künzel


ESN Med. Didactics Officer
Private University of Business Bern

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Florian Langhammer


ESN Medical Expert
Children’s Hospital Regensburg

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Deanna Santoro

ESN Marketing Expert
University College Cork

Tomasz Szczapa


ESN Teaching Officer
Poznan Univ. of Med. Sciences

J.-C. Fauchere


ESN Programme Officer
University Hospital Zurich

Gabriel Dimitriou


ESN Marketing Officer
Univ. of Patras Med. School

Heike Rabe


ESN Institutional Officer
Brighton & Sussex Med. School
United Kingdom


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