General Information

EWOPA is a European multidisciplinary group interested in the psychosocial wellbeing of children with a chronic kidney disease and children with an organ transplantation. Children and adolescents with chronic kidney failure have the same basic needs as healthy youngsters. They must have possibilities to play, to learn, to have social activities and contacts, and to feel comfortable and safe.
From time to time these requirements are forgotten or hidden under urgent medical needs that tend to seem more important. In the Ewopa meetings we want to bring the children's / families' points of view out to the open! 

In this conference we bring caregivers with different professional background together and discuss actual topics on different areas of treatment and care for children with chronic kidney failure. We will present latest research findings regarding the psychosocial aspects of chronic kidney disease. In addition, participants can share with each other their experiences from different areas and, thus, we can provide the best available care and treatment to our patients. Our definition of the best treatment includes both medical treatment and psychosocial well-being. 

As children with chronic kidney diseases are growing, transition care is a very important topic in these meetings. Therefore thorough involvement, interaction and discussion with adult nephrologists, who unavoidably act as key stakeholders in the transition process, will be included. 



Congress city and venue

Short information

The conference will take place at UZ Leuven (University Hospital), campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven. 


Travel information can be found at the hospitals website. 
To park your car, you can best use parking East. 


Information on accomodation, including discount prizes for hotels: here.

Air picture of Campus Gasthuisberg UZ Leuven

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City of Leuven

Since its founding, KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The city of Leuven is located in the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, approximately 25 kilometers east of Brussels. Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium and has nearly 100.000 inhabitants. There are several good reasons to visit this vibrant city. More information about the city and must see places when you visit, can be found on the official Tourism Leuven site. You will soon realize that this city has a way of getting under your skin.

Town hall │Grote markt

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Oude markt

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Great Beguinage

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University Library and tower

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KU Leuven

KU (Katholieke Universiteit) Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university (Reuters) and ranks 42nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. As Belgium's largest university, KU Leuven welcomes 60,000 students from over 140 countries. Its 7,000 researchers are active in a comprehensive range of disciplines. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and international orientation. University Hospitals Leuven, its network of research hospitals, provides high-quality healthcare and develops new therapeutic and diagnostic insights with an emphasis on translational research.