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The ILAE Young Epilepsy Section (YES) identified amongst its members the need for more sustainable long-term mentoring.  We, therefore, introduce a peer-to-peer mentoring programme with the aim to provide a framework for more experienced fellows and Post-Docs to act as mentors for younger colleagues (residents, Master, PhD students) not only at the congress, but possibly beyond.

Criteria & Selection

  • Trainees <35 years old
  • At time of application:
  • for MDs: within 2 years of start of fellowship
  • for non-MDs: being enrolled in a graduate student program (Masters or PhD)
  • Submission of a letter of motivation

Expression of interest is available via the registration system and will be followed by filling out an additional application form in spring 2019.

Deadline for expression of interest is the 29 March 2019.


This programme will involve the allocation of a mentor, an experienced individual in the research/clinical area in which trainee demonstrates an interest, to a trainee.

*Applications for the mentor-mentee programme are only available through the 33rd IEC abstract system.

*Please note that the applicant must submit an abstract to the 33rd IEC in order to be eligible to apply for the programme.

Criteria & Selection

  • Trainees <40 years old
  • At time of application:
  • for MDs: within 2 years of start of fellowship
  • for non-MDs: being enrolled in a graduate student programme (Masters or PhD)
  • Submission/acceptance of an abstract for the 33rd IEC
  • Letter from supervisor indicating the applicant fulfils the criteria, including that the work in the abstract submitted is mostly the work of the applicant
​More information is available on the congress website and via the abstract submission system.


The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) created the Leadership Development Programme to support the preparation and advancement of young physician leaders.  Scholarships are available to attend the next programme offered, 21st and 22nd June 2019 in conjunction with the 33 IEC.

Programme description

The Leadership Development Programme is a unique and exclusive opportunity to receive leadership training and network with leaders from around the globe. Admission is limited to 30 candidates to allow for meaningful interactions and applied learning activities.

Session topics include: The Science of Communication, Strategic Planning, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation, Finance, Management Essentials, Assessing and Leveraging Your Leadership Style, Opportunities to Lead within ILAE, and more.


Any current, active ILAE Member is welcome to apply.  Strong preference will be given to young leaders.  Please note, this programme seeks to support rising leaders contributing to ILAE, candidates should highlight their ILAE-related work and activities.  While not required, preference may be granted to candidates also submitting abstracts to the congress.

For information on the course and how to apply please visit the congress website.

Application deadline Friday 15 February 2019. 


All abstract presenters aged 40 or younger are eligible for the ILAE-YES Best Presenter Award.

Six high-quality abstracts will be chosen from the award applicants to give an oral presentation at the “ILAE-YES Best Presenter” platform session in front of a jury and public audience.

The winner giving the best presentation at this session will receive free conference registration for an upcoming ILAE congress.

To apply for the ILAE-YES Best Presenter Award, you need to be the main contributor and presenting author of the abstract submitted here and upload a legal document (passport, ID) to certify your age.

Deadline for applications is the 18 January 2019.

Applications available via the abstract submission system. 


Delegates are asked to submit interesting cases for discussion on the following topics;

  1. Diagnose (Classify) this
  2. Treat this
  3. Women issues

Please use the ABSTRACT TEMPLATE and email your cases to by 31 January 2019.

Points for consideration:

Two persons (experts) will be responsible for each topic. Abstracts will be assessed and selected delegates will be notified in the spring of 2019.

A diploma will be provided to every delegate submitting a case for discussion.

The session with the selected cases will be written up as a thematic, didactic paper for ‘Epileptic Disorders’ and for every case included the presenter (one-two persons) will be co-author of the publication.