• Application Deadline
  • 5 days
This Summer School, which is organized in collaboration with the European Academy of Childhood Disability and with the support of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, is a practical and immersive course, covering the models, the procedures and instruments that are required internationally to plan and conduct research in rehabilitation of childhood disabilities, guided by good clinical practice.


The course faculty will be constituted of European experts in the field of childhood disability research.

The 5-day course will be divided in:

  • Morning: theoretical teaching organized in lectures covering theoretical frameworks and models
  • Afternoon: practical training in which participants will be directly involved to practise the design and the planning of research questions and the elaboration of research activities.
  • Meet the expert sessions (morning and/or evening): personal experience sharing by international calibre researchers in the field of childhood disability.

The aims of the Summer School are: a) to skill participants to conduct research in the field of rehabilitation of childhood disability in the work environment and at home, guided by the principles of good clinical practice and b) to promote international collaboration in Europe in evidence based research in childhood disability.

At the end of the course the participants:

  • Will be familiar with the concepts of family-centered research
  •  Will have the tools to develop and promote a research plan in childhood disability and rehabilitation, based on their research hypothesis
  • Will be aware of the specific challenges related to conducting clinical research with children with disabilities and their families, and be equipped to anticipate and overcome them
  •  Will be able to integrate the newly acquired knowledge to advance their research career by formulating a mid- to long-term research strategy
  •  Will be familiar with the European and international clinical research environment in childhood disability and rehabilitation
  •  Will be able to build on this knowledge to foster regional and international research partnerships
  • Living and working in Europe or another country represented in the EACD.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Programme outline:

  • Day 1: Patient and family-centred research – identifying a research question together.
  • Day 2: From research question to research proposal – methodological issues in childhood disability research.
  • Day 3: The childhood disability research toolbox – instruments and measurements in neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation science.
  • Day 4: Good clinical practice in childhood disability research – fostering the credibility, scientific and ethical quality of your research.
  • Day 5: My career in childhood disability research – a look towards the future based on the week’s experiences.



  • Prof. Giovanni Cioni

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

    Admission requirements:
    • Identity Document 
    • Enrolment Form 
    • Curriculum vitae

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        500 EUR/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        500 EUR/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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      Living costs for Pisa

      • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
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