The 'ESPR for Women & Diversity' Special Interest Group

Welcome to the 'ESPR for Women & Diversity' Special Interest Group of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR)

Empowering women and promoting equality and diversity in Paediatrics are essential goals of the ESPR, to ensure equitable healthcare access, enhance patient care, inspire future generations, challenge biases, and drive innovation. By creating an inclusive environment, we foster a just and inclusive society, improve healthcare outcomes, and encourage diverse perspectives for groundbreaking discoveries. Overall, we want to foster an effective and inclusive healthcare system for all children and families.

  • Our objectives
    • Equitable healthcare access: Ensure equal access to healthcare for all children by promoting gender equality and diversity in Pediatrics.
    • Improved patient care: Enhance patient care and outcomes by incorporating diverse perspectives and experiences into pediatric practice.
    • Inspire future generations: Encourage young girls to pursue careers in Pediatrics by empowering women and promoting equality and diversity in the field.
    • Challenge biases and stereotypes: Overcome gender biases and stereotypes within the medical field through the empowerment of women, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment.
    • Drive research and innovation: Foster innovation and advancements in Pediatrics by embracing diversity, leading to groundbreaking research and improved healthcare outcomes for children.
  • Meet the SIG Chair

    Sandra Horsch

    Neonatologist, PhD, MD
    ESPR for Women & Diversity SIG Chair
    Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch
    Berlin, Germany
  • Upcoming meetings of the SIG
    • 'ESPR for Women & Diversity' SIG Kick-off meeting: 20th September 2023, from 18:30-19:30 CEST (jENS Congress in Rome, Italy).

      This will be an informal get-together and a friendly discussion of the group's scope and vision. We look forward to welcoming you there. For more information on jENS 2023 and to register, please click here.

    • Plenary session on racism and gender inequities in healthcare system: 20th September 2023, from 11:30-12:30 CEST (jENS Congress in Rome, Italy). Click here for more info.
  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the 'ESPR for Women & Diversity' SIG.

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