The course has been rescheduled to May 2-6 2021

Topics: The course has been divided in two parts. The first part includes basic scientific information and clinical skills needed for genetic healthcare practice, including prenatal, cancer genetics, ethics and laboratory testing. The second part will focus on the counselling and communication skills required by those working with patients and their families. All students will be encouraged to practice their counselling skills in a supportive environment and to give and receive feedback. The course will include some exercises and discussion sessions aimed at facilitating professional and personal self-awareness of students, in order to enhance their genetic counselling practice.  The course will include sessions on supporting patients through decision-making, prenatal and presymptomatic testing.

Target: Clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, genetic nurses and trainees in those professions.  Students who are new to genetic healthcare should not attempt Part 2 without first completing part 1.

Very experienced genetics practitioners may wish to do Part 2 only.

Venue: The University Residential Center of Bertinoro

Local organizer at the course venue: Jessica Bazzoli,; phone: +39 0543 446500

Fees: The Registration fee for the entire course (€ 700,00) includes tuition, course material, meals, coffee breaks and transportation* from Bologna to the course venue on April 25th and back on April 30th.

*Shuttle buses will be scheduled with the following timetable (to be confirmed):

April 25th:

  • BUS 1: departure from Bologna Autostazione (behind Bologna train station – close to the city centre) bus stop nr. 25 at 3.00 pm and departure from Bologna airport at 3.45 pm;
  • BUS 2: departure from Bologna Autostazione bus stop. nr. 25 at 5.30 pm and departure from Bologna airport at 6.15 pm.

   April 30th :

departure from Bertinoro to Bologna airport/Bologna autostazione after lunch at the end of the course at 2.00 pm approx (estimated arrival time to Bologna: 3.30pm).  

If your flight is scheduled on May 1st we suggest to spend the night in Bologna. Otherwise you could also stay at the course venue. Shuttle bus on May 1st will be organize in the early morning only if needed.

Registration fee for the basic course (360,00 Euro) includes tuition, course material, meals, coffee breaks – THE DATES OF THE BASIC COURSE ARE APRIL 26-28, 2020

Registration fee for the advanced course (350,00 Euro) includes tuition, course material, meals, coffee breaks  – THE DATES OF THE ADVANCED COURSE ARE APRIL 28-30, 2020.

Accommodation: You’ll be lodged at the Course Venue (or hotels nearby the course venue if necessary).

The rate for a double room occupancy (to be shared with another participant) in bed and breakfast is € 35,00 per night per person. Single rooms will be assigned only if available. For info about single room availability please contact . In order to arrange your accommodation please take note that the course start on April 26th at 9.00 and finishes on April 30th at lunch time.

A limited number of fellowships covering both registration and accommodation fees will be sponsored by ESHG. Following the guidelines established by ESHG, students from economically less favoured countries are strongly encouraged to apply for ESHG fellowships: see list here

However, fellowships are not limited to these countries.

Applicants for fellowship should submit their request together with CV, motivation letter and a reference letter to Closing date for fellowship applications: January 31st, 2020. A communication of acceptance (or non-acceptance) will be sent by mail within February 14th, 2020. Applicants who will not receive the fellowship can enroll in the course after February 14th. In order to reserve a place, during the application process,  please specify if you plan to attend the course paying the fee, in case of no selection.

Also specify if you are an ESHG member (REGULAR OR TRAINEE) and the number of membership.

Maximum number of admitted participants: 35. Deadline for payments: March 18th, 2020. If advanced invoice is needed to start the payment procedure please contact

Some useful links:

Bologna airport (the nearest one to the course venue):;

Bologna train station:

Bologna autostazione:

How to reach the course venue: