Summer School on Vaccinology 2022

​Vaccines are one of the most effective health interventions ever developed. Immunization is a safe and effective way to protect people against several diseases. The risks of these diseases are far greater than the risk of immunization. Immunization coverage remains a matter of concern as long as people are not protected against sometimes fatal complications of infectious diseases.

Good vaccination programmes and well-trained health professionals make a difference! However, vaccinology is a poorly addressed issue during training of future health care workers, leaving many without the necessary skills and knowledge on communication about vaccines and how to administer them. Because immunization is a responsibility of all health care workers, our program is of interest to all medical, nursing or midwifery students and postgraduates.

  • The summer school will take place from 4 - 11 July 2022
  • During 5 course days, lectures are organised on different vaccinology-related topics (see Programme)
  • On Monday 11 July 2022 there will be a final examination and a presentation of group works.
  • Language course: English

Location: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus -  Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

Partners: ESPID, WHO-Euro, EMSA-Antwerp, Rotary-Antwerp

Course description

The Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination (CEV) organises in 2022 the 13th edition of the Summer School on Vaccinology for students. This training course focuses on vaccines, infectious diseases, immunization programmes and many other aspects of immunization, such as communication and vaccine safety. The overall aim is to improve the current knowledge and skills related to vaccines for (para-)medical students, thus closing a gap in many curricula.

A maximum of fifty participants is allowed and the audience is balanced for gender and nationality. Experts in the field are coming from all over Europe to give lectures. There are ex cathedra sessions, but also hands-on workshops on the administration of vaccines, workshops on communication skills and a group task that is presented at the end of the course.


Monday 4 July 2022                     
Arrival of participants

Tuesday 5 July 2022
Introduction + group work explanation - Prof Pierre Van Damme, Laura Téblick and Esra Ekinci, Antwerp University, Belgium
The immune system Part 1 - Prof Viggo Van Tendeloo, Antwerp University, Belgium
The immune system Part 2 - Prof Viggo Van Tendeloo, Antwerp University, Belgium
Pneumococcal infections and their vaccines - Prof Adam Finn, University of Bristol, UK
Meningococcal infections and their vaccines - Prof Adam Finn, University of Bristol, UK

Wednesday 6 July 2022
Composition of vaccines and the role of adjuvants - Prof Isabel Leroux-Roels, University of Ghent, Belgium
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio Part I -  Prof Pierre Van Damme, Antwerp University, Belgium
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio Part II - Dr. Kirsten Maertens, Antwerp University, Belgium
MMR (V): epidemiology and vaccination - Prof Vana Papaevangelou, University of Athens, Greece

Thursday 7 July 2022
HPV infection & vaccination - Prof Paolo Bonanni, University of Florence, Italy
Vaccination and pregnancy - Dr. Kirsten Maertens, Antwerp University, Belgium
Safety, schedules and coadministration of vaccines - Prof Heidi Theeten, Antwerp University, Belgium
COVID-19 pandemic: short lectures – Prof Erika Vlieghe, University Hospitals of Antwerp, Belgium and Prof Pierre Van Damme, Antwerp University, Belgium

Friday 8 July 2022
Hepatitis B vaccination - Prof Pierre Van Damme, Antwerp University, Belgium
Influenza vaccination and Rotavirus vaccination - Prof Marc Van Ranst, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Practical training: vaccination techniques and group work - Prof Pierre Van Damme, Prof Heidi Theeten, Dr. Katie Steenackers, Antwerp University, Belgium

Saturday & Sunday 9-10July 2022
Social and cultural program

Monday 11 July 2022
Final assessment
Group work presentation

Wednesday 12 July 2022
Departure of participants                       

Target group

The Summer School aims to offer an additional course to the current curricula of undergraduate and postgraduate students in (para)medical sciences. Priority for participation is offered to students of the WHO-European region.

Scholarships are available for undergraduate students from the WHO-European region. The scholarships cover the participation fee that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on course days, accommodation during 9 nights and days, local transport, course materials and part of the social & cultural programme.

ESPID-members benefit a reduction of the participation fee.

Participants will be admitted according to the date of registration and ensuring a balance in terms of regions and gender. Acceptance and payment methods will be notified by the Summer School secretariat and registration will be confirmed after we received your payment of the program fee. 

Study credits (ECTS)

​Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

Social programme organised by EMSA

Hi there!

A summer course is not complete without a social programme! We, a group of students from the Antwerp European Medical Students Association (EMSA-Antwerpen, will take care of that.

During the weekdays and weekend, we will arrange a wide variety of dinners and activities to give you more than a glimpse of Antwerp and the rest of Belgium. Visits to museums, exhibitions or historical places can be arranged and we will be very happy to answer all your practical questions about these kind of things.

The social and cultural programme is optional and free!

We are looking forward to meeting you!