34th International Epilepsy Congress

Virtual Congress

28 August - 1 September 2021

General Information

General information on the congress is posted here. Please check regularly.

Deadline for expression of interest has passed.

The ILAE Young Epilepsy Section (ILAE-YES) identified amongst its members the need for more sustainable long-term mentoring, and therefore introduced a Peer2Peer 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.

Eligibility Criteria & Selection:

  • Trainees
  • 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 of a letter of motivation

The allocation of mentees and mentors will be based on the field of work and, if desired, geographical region. Applicants will also be required to indicate their topics of interest for mentorship when applying.

ILAE-YES will host a kick-off meeting at the IEC 2021 and all participants in the programme will be invited to join.

Expression of interest will be with registration for the IEC. Applicants for the Peer2Peer Mentoring programme will be contacted by ILAE-YES and invited to submit a more detailed application for acceptance on the programme.

Deadline for expression of interest is 21 June 2021.

For general queries, please email iec@epilepsycongress.org.

Application is now closed. Applicants will be notified within the coming weeks.


The ILAE Mentor-Mentee programme involves the allocation of a mentor to a trainee.

Applications for the mentor-mentee programme are only available through the congress abstract submission system and applicants must submit an abstract to the congress in order to be eligible to apply for the programme.

If selected, the trainee will be allocated a mentor, an experienced individual in the research/clinical area in which the trainee demonstrates an interest, and will have the opportunity to meet with their mentor, as well as to listen to further individuals established in their careers in different regions of the world. The mentor will arrange to attend the trainee’s presentation/poster and also to further consultation.

Participants in the ILAE Mentor-Mentee Programme do not receive any support to attend the congress.

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

Please contact the ILAE Secretariat at iec@epilepsycongress.org with any queries.



  • Applications for the ILAE Mentor-Mentee Programme will only be accepted via the online abstract submission system for the congress.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must be aged 40 years of age or under. A copy of the applicant’s passport/ID document must be included with the application to verify date of birth.
  • At time of application, the applicant must be a trainee:

for MDs: within 2 years of start of fellowship

for non-MDs: being enrolled in a graduate student programme (Masters or PhD)

  • The applicant must submit a signed letter from a supervisor indicating the applicant fulfils the criteria, including that the work in the abstract submitted is mostly the work of the applicant


Samuel Wiebe (Canada), ILAE President

Martin Brodie (Scotland), IBE President



Fabrice Bartolomei (France)

Ingmar Blümcke (Germany)

J Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

Marian Galovic (Switzerland)

Shih-Hui Lim (Singapore)

Natela Okujava (Georgia)

Cristina Ruedell Reschke (Ireland)

Mary Secco (Canada)

Graeme Shears (Australia)

Eugen Trinka (Austria)

Samuel Wiebe – COI declaration

Martin Brodie – COI declaration

Fabrice Bartolomei – COI declaration

Ingmar Blümcke – COI declaration

J Helen Cross – COI declaration

Marian Galovic – COI declaration

Shih-Hui Lim – COI declaration

Natela Okujava – COI declaration

Cristina Ruedell Reschke – COI declaration

Mary Secco – COI declaration

Graeme Shears – COI declaration

Eugen Trinka – COI declaration