Young EAP Officials

Young EAP Leadership Programme

These Officials are also involved in the development of the new Young EAP Leadership Programme. This programme aims to empower Young EAP members to effectively support the objectives of the EAP, particularly in areas where the voice of trainees is of value. To be effective representatives and change agents, Young EAP members need specific leadership skills. Similar to improving teaching skills, leadership skills can be taught and developed. However, in Europe, leadership training is rarely addressed during postgraduate training. In paediatric training, even though leadership and health advocacy skills are key components of the European Core Curriculum, these skills are currently only trained in a minority of European countries (Young EAP member survey, ongoing). Therefore, there is a clear need for training Young EAP members in leadership skills. Several paediatric leadership programs exist, however not (yet) at the European level. Inspired by existing programmes like the Young Pediatric Leaders Training Program (American Acadamy of Pediatrics) and the Global Pediatrics Leadership Program (Harvard Medical School/UCL Great Ormond Street), the 3-year Young EAP Leadership Program aims to develop leaders and build a leadership community amongst young paediatricians and paediatric subspecialists in Europe who are currently involved in the work of Young EAP. Based on previous experience, the curriculum will be skill-based (rather than topic-based), include a Mentor Program and peer support groups.

Contact person: Lenneke Schrier (Young EAP Chair)


Young EAP Officials

Young EAP members are supported in their work by the Young EAP Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Webmaster and the Representatives for Education, Advocacy, Migrant Health, Infection Control and Adolescent Medicine.



Lenneke Schrier (The Netherlands) is Chair of Young EAP. She is the European Junior Doctors Representative for Paediatrics within the European Academy of Paediatrics. She is in the 4th year of her residency training in Pediatrics at the Leiden University Medical Center. Lenneke has worked as a visiting research fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH, Bethesda, United States) and assisted in the further development of the Essential List Medicines for Children at the WHO Department of Medicines Policy and Standards in Geneva. She received her PhD in 2015 and is a board certified clinical pharmacologist. Her current research focuses on the microneedle administration of biologicals in children with chronic diseases. She enjoys to paint and write (short) stories. Lenneke offers her previous experience within various international settings, including the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, to articulate Young EAP’s strategic vision to others and translate these in actions in such a way that, in five years, it will be hard to imagine child health in Europe without Young EAP


Ivan Bambir (Croatia) is Vice Chair of Young EAP. He is a member of the Resident Section of the Croatian Paediatric Society and a fifth-year resident at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb in Croatia. He has worked as a general practitioner and has published several papers in the fields of paediatric nephrology and infectious diseases. He is a former member of the Committee for teaching materials/publishing committee of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. He participated in several summer interships in various hospitals across Europe. He firmly believes that the beginning of everything, including Young EAP, is a defining moment in the development of that. He believes his previous experience in setting up the Youth Leadership NGO can contribute to giving Young EAP a stable long-term path.


Antonios Loizos (Sweden) is the Young EAP Webmaster. He is a core group member and webmaster of the Junior Swedish Association of Paediatrics and a forth-year resident at the South General Hospital of Stockholm in Sweden. He was nominated as a national representative of junior doctors for Young European Academy of Paediatrics by the Swedish Association of Paediatrics in 2017. As a doctor that was born in Germany, grew up in Greece, studied in Hungary and currently working in Sweden he has experienced several medical educational systems and training programs. As a result, he has become more aware of the differences, but more importantly the opportunities and potentials that exist by building bridges between the European countries in terms of improving the training for junior doctors in paediatrics and subsequently increasing the quality of healthcare our children receive. Through Young EAP he wishes to contribute to the development and improvement in the quality of training, research and innovation for the next generation of paediatricians in Europe.





Tommaso Alterio (Italy) is the Young EAP representative for the EBP. He assists Professor Robert Ross Russell (EBP Chair) with the development of the European Exam and the revision of the European Core Curriculum. In this work, he is supported by the Young EAP Task Force for the EBP. Tommaso is a member of the Osservatorio Nazionale Specializzandi Pediatria (ONSP) and currently works as a fellow in Paediatric Gastro-enterology (IBD) at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome. For Tommaso, Young EAP is an opportunity and an ongoing project where young doctors from all over Europe can find a place to work together for a better future in paediatric training and care. In his new role, he hopes to make this possible by shortening the distance between residents and Young EAP.



Sian Copley (United Kingdom) is the Young EAP representative for Advocacy. She will assist Professor Ana Neves (EAP Vice President) in advocacy activities. Sian will be assisted by Veronica Said Pullicino (Malta) and Andreas Trobisch (Austria). Sian is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Trainees’ Committee and currently works as a third-year resident at the Health Education North East in the UK. In her new role, she looks forward to representing trainees’ views on issues related to child health across Europe, raise awareness of current issues and promote this within paediatric training, as well as to advocate for children’s rights to health.




Paul Torpiano (Malta) is the Young EAP Representative for Migrant Health. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in 2012. He commenced paediatric training in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta in 2014, and is currently working there as a Higher Specialist Trainee in Paediatrics. He is a member of both the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Physicians, and is currently reading for a postgraduate diploma in paediatric infectious diseases with Oxford University. He was elected as national representative of Maltese paediatric trainees on the Young European Academy of Paediatrics in July 2017, and appointed as Young EAP representative for migrant health in March 2018. Beyond his academic and professional pursuits, Paul is an active pianist and musician in the Maltese music scene, and enjoys playing field hockey. He aims to make migrant child healthcare an integral part of paediatric training across Europe.



Andreas Trobisch (Austria) is the Young EAP Representive within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Infection Control. He graduated from Innsbruck Medical University in 2011. He did his degree as a general practitioner the following three years and in 2014 took up the opportunity to work in the scientific group for Infectiology and Vaccinology at the University Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent medicine in Graz. In 2015 he started his regulary rotation as a resident in pediatric training and is planning on finishing his degree in 2019. Next to the regulary rotations, Andreas Trobisch has started his university degree for scientific medicine and is working on his dissertation on osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. Besides his scientific interest in infectious diseases, he is also a member of the academy of preventative medicine and regularily gives lectures on vaccinations and vaccine preventable diseases. He was elected as a national representative by the Austrian pediatric national society for Young European Academy of Pediatrics in 2017. Andreas enjoys any kind of sports and the work his farm and the forest provide in southeast Styria. He wishes to contribute to infection control and prevention, address vaccine hesitancy and raise awareness for antimicrobial stewardship.



Marija Slobodanac (Croatia) is the Young EAP representative within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee for Adolescent Medicine. She was born on April 28 1988 in Đakovo, a small city in country part of Croatia. At early age she started volunteering at the local Fire Department and by the age of 18 she became the first woman in my department with the Fire Department sub-officer rank. In 2006 she started her first year at the Faculty of Medicine of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. During her education, she was an active member of CroMSIC (Croatian Medical Students’ International Committee). In 2010, she participated in a summer internship in Porto, Portugal, provided by IFMSA professional exchange programme. She graduated at the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a physician in a few humanitarian demining companies (such as TITAN, MinaPlus, DOK-ING). In 2014, she started working as a general practitioner at the local Health Centre Đakovo. In January 2015, she commenced her training as a primary care paediatrician at the Health Centre Đakovo. From March 2015 to September 2017, she was engaged in a training as a resident in paediatric at University Hospital Centre Osijek, and from October 2017, it continued at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. From January to May 2016, she volunteered as a physician at the Winter Refugee Centre Slavonski Brod, where she worked for the humanitarian organisation MAGNA Children at Risk. Since October 2016, she has been member of the Resident Section of the Croatian Paediatric Society, representing all the paediatric residents in primary care in the country. In April 2018, she became a member of Young EAP.