Local Organizing Committee


Welcome, Bonjour, Buongiorno, Allegra and Grüezi
to the ISPP 2019 in Basel – Switzerland

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate at the 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP 2019) taking place June 16th – 20th 2019 in a city located in the Middle of Europe – Basel!

Switzerland with its well-known peaceful living across multiple cultures is eager to welcome you from all over the world. In an exemplary way, the city of Basel stands for tradition with its unique historic city center, ancient top ranked University (year 1460) and unlimited cultural opportunities combined with hosting the worldwide leading biotechnology and life sciences clusters and most innovative business centers. Basel is an attractive destination to be reached easily from all over the world including East European countries, the Middle East and Northern Africa, the latter being excellently connected to Geneva airport.

Switzerland is putting the right of children in the forefront of its democracy: Did you know that Switzerland has established children’s parliaments in several cities to provide children with their democratic right to speak out their needs, e.g. for well-kept and protected playgrounds in the cities? This is why the local committee selected the overarching theme “Children and families as partners in pain relief” as vision for the ISPP 2019. We aim at enriching cutting-edge interprofessional basics and applied science on pediatric pain management.  We put our focus on the development of a program that considers needs of scientist for best evidence without neglecting the most important partners: Suffering children and their families. Prominent speakers will join our plenary sessions addressing key topics of pain in children. Moreover, we really look forward to receiving many contributions for workshops and poster presentations in order to enjoy a rich and outstanding scientific program.

We strongly believe, that the ISPP 2019 will substantially promote scientific, ethical and public awareness related to pain in children and contribute to scientific knowledge for the best interest of children and their families.

The local committee would be extremely honored to welcome you in Switzerland in order to participate in an unforgettable and enriching event.

On behalf of the local committee

Prof. Dr. Eva Cignacco
Head of Applied Research and Development in Midwifery, Division of Midwifery
BernUniversity of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Professions


Local Organizing Committee

PD Dr. Eva Bergsträsser
University Children’s Hospital, Zurich

Dr. Camilla Ceppi, MD, SAPPM
Swiss Society of Pediatrics

Prof. Dr. Eva Cignacco
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Professions, Berne

Dorothée Eichenberger
EMBA, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Professions, Berne

Dr. med. Sandra Jeker
University Children’s Hospital, Basel

Dr. Helen Köchlin
University of Basel, Faculty of Psychology, Basel

PD Dr. med. Mathias Nelle
Swiss Society of Pediatrics and Swiss Society of Neonatology

Katrin Marfurt-Russenberger
MScN, Swiss Association for Nursing Science with its Academic Society for Pediatric Nursing and Children’s Hospital, St. Gallen

Prof. Dr. Anne-Sylvie Ramelet
Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne, Lausanne

Prof. Dr. med. Wilhelm Ruppen
University Hospital, Basel

Karin Schenk
MSc, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health Professions, Berne

Lilian Stoffel
MScN, University Children’s Hospital, Berne

PD Dr. Marc Suter
International Association for the Study of Pain, Swiss National Chapter and Lausanne University, Lausanne

Pascale Wenger
SwissPedNet - the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs, Basel