Workpackage 14 – Education & Training


A considerable number of educational activities and tools are already available in most EU countries, the result of either individual academic initiatives or as part of programs developed by the scientific societies (ILAE, EPNS, EAN) developed by experts from the participating centres.. What is still challenging, due to the great variety of “end-users” in the field, is the development of learning goals, preferably per “end-user”, and the establishment of priorities.

EpiCARE is expected to be an EU reference network of all disciplines involved in epilepsy care. Consequently, our first goal will be to develop educational practices favouring dissemination of highly specialized knowledge and expertise within the members of the ERN in an effort to operationalise complementarity. Case-oriented teaching and simulation could be methods utilised. Further, exchange programmes will be explored, as already implemented within E-pilepsy

As an ERN it is also our mission to contribute to the development of those educational tools developed by the scientific societies in the field. The content will then need to be adapted to a larger panel of end-users, particularly neurologists and child neurologists not specialized in epilepsy. . Existing courses will be identified as to their deliverables with regard to rare and complex epilepsies, and a credit system applied to identify their applicability. Following a period of needs assessment, a list of “Seminars in Epileptology” will be developed. Each HCP, member of EpiCARE, will be asked to cover on a yearly basis one major topic, destined to neurologists and/or child neurologists. These will be open access Seminars, diffused via the educational journal of the ILAE, based in Europe: Epileptic Disorders, as well as delivered at a local level

In parallel, academic centre members of EpiCARE will work on a 2-arm proposal for a comprehensive educational and training program in EU on rare and complex epilepsies:

a) A training program, within a neuroscience curriculum, for those specializing in diagnosis and care of the rare and complex epilepsies;
b) A teaching program, identifying specific areas that require focused attention by the non-specialist in the epilepsies.


  • Assessment of educational and training needs in Europe and establish prioritiesfg
  • To develop academic training standards in epilepsy for European medical students and fellows
  • To contribute to the development of educational tools developed by the ILAE, EPNS, EAN
  • To develop a credit system for acknowledgement of existing course content on rare and complex epilepsies
  • To develop eLearning modules in collaboration with other EpiCARE work packages


  • D14.1 Educational frame proposal
  • D III.3 Full list of available courses related to rare epilepsies at month 18
  • D III.4 Needs assessment in collaboration all other WP at month 24
  • D III.5 Catalogue of the educational material and dissemination (see corresponding WP) at month 48
  • D III.6 Program evaluation and identification of future perspectives in collaboration with ILAE, EPNS, EAN at month 60


  • M 15 Courses registered on website at end of year 2


Access to EpiCARE webinars



Pr. Alexis Arzimanoglou, MD

Epilepsy Departments, University Hospitals of Lyon (HCL)

Lyon, France

Pr. Alexis Arzimanoglou, MD