ESO Stroke Summer School


The ESO Stroke Summer School is a flagship event for ESO and a prestigious educational meeting for stroke trainees throughout Europe.
It is organised each year by a team of stroke physicians in an European city.  During one week, stroke specialists from Europe provide their expert knowledge to young physicians with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases.

Please note that the ESO Summer School is on application only and participation is limited.
Application will open in early 2020.


The 23rd ESO Stroke Summer School took place in Helsinki, hosted by the Helsinki University Hospital, Biomedicum. During one week – 19 – 23 August 2019 – stroke specialists from Europe provide their expert knowledge to young physicians with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases.

Please find all information here.

Who should apply?

  • Young stroke physicians or researchers with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases
  • Applicants should currently be in training in an European teaching hospital that treats acute stroke patients
  • Candidates up to and including the age of 45
  • Candidate should be fluent in English

All applicants are expected to be ESO Members
(Junior membership application – up to 35 years, free of charge – is available here).

The ESO Summer School usually bears costs of accommodation, meals, coffee breaks and the social programme for participants and speakers. Participants cover their travel expenses, the dinners outside the usual programme and any personal expenses during their stay including telephone and internet costs from the hotel. Accompanying persons are not permitted.

How to apply?

Interested applicants are requested to complete the application form (download here) and submit together with the following documents:

  • Application form (letter of motivation, CV (max. 2 pages), two letters of recommendation)
  • Maximum two applicants per country and one applicant per site will be accepted
  • If there are still places available, applicants from non-European countries will be considered
  • All applicants are expected to be ESO members or to have applied for ESO membership

Future Summer Schools


We are pleased to announce that we were able to award the ESO Stroke Summer School host location for 2021 to Birmingham, United Kingdom. We are confident that this host will maintain the very high standard set by previous ESO Summer Schools.


We are currently accepting bids to host ESO Stroke Summer School in 2022. More information is available in the “Guide: How to Organise a Stroke Summer School” document which is available from the ESO Head Office,

Please send expressions of interest to bid for the 2022 Summer School to Alastair Webb, Chair of the Education Committee,

with a brief explanation of:

(1) why the proposed location would be suitable; and
(2) how your local organising committee would address the mission of the event, including raising the necessary sponsorship.

Deadline to submit your application: 15 December 2019