Summer School

The rEACH Summer School provides a unique opportunity for twelve early-career researchers in the field of healthcare communication to expand their research skills and develop their current research projects.

The purpose of the Summer School is to enable less experienced researchers to spend several days, in convivial surroundings, improving their research projects through interactive discussions with each other and with experienced academics.

The Summer School aims to prepare future leaders in healthcare communication research by facilitating the interaction between early-career and senior researchers and by helping to create an ongoing and supportive peer-to-peer network.

Setting and format

The next rEACH Summer School will take place from 16, 19-20 September 2019 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The Summer School will take place alongside the EACH Forum (formerly: Summer Event), starting one day before the EACH Forum and continuing for two days following the end of the EACH Forum. Summer School participants will also attend the EACH Forum: the research workshops provided at the EACH Forum are an essential component of the Summer School.

We are delighted to announce the following facilitators will be present throughout the Summer School to ensure quality mentoring as well as a connection with the early-career network of EACH, yEACH:

  • Ellen M.A. Smets, Professor of Medical Communication, Amsterdam UMC/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Hanne C. Lie, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Kasey R. Boehmer, Assistant Professor of Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic, America (Junior Facilitator)

Participants will have the opportunity to present their work from a theoretical, methodological and practical perspective. Most time will be spent working in small groups, with some time for personal reflection. Each participant will receive personal feedback. Also, social activities form an important part of the summer school to foster bonding among participants.

For a fuller picture of the benefits that previous participants experienced from attending the Summer School, we recommend reading the PEC article: “Express rather than impress: Benefits of the rEACH summer school for early-career researchers in the field of health communication” by Amann et al., 2018.

How to apply

We welcome applications from early-career investigators who are active in the field of healthcare communication research. We especially invite those who have not yet finished their PhD or who have done so in the past two years. Previous applicants who were not selected may re-apply. EACH membership is required for Summer School acceptance.

Applications should include the following:

  • A letter with:
    • a brief synopsis of the applicant’s current research topic in healthcare communication;
    • a statement of why the applicant wishes to be part of the Summer School;
    • what the applicant wishes to get out of the Summer School and what they want to improve.
  • CV (maximum of two A4 pages);
  • Letter of support from supervisor, including a confirmation that the applicant is proficient in English.

Applications can be sent to Dr Julia Amann. The call has been extended until Friday 3 May 2019.

Selection process General eligibility requirements include that the applicant:

  • is a junior investigator in the field of healthcare communication;
  • is currently researching a relevant issue in healthcare communication;
  • has not participated in a previous rEACH Summer School.

Participant selection will be based on the following:

  • the applicant’s motivation of how they wish to use the Summer School to enhance their research work;
  • the supervisor’s letter of support;
  • the applicant’s career stage – priority is given to those who are currently undertaking their PhD and those who completed doctoral studies in the last two years;
  • the faculty will aim to find a balanced mix of professional background, country/institute, topics, and stage of research career in the selection of Summer School participants.

Once offered a place at the Summer School, selected participants will be asked to send a 1-2 minute video of themselves summarising their research (i.e. elevator pitch).


The rEACH Summer School is partially subsided to reduce financial barriers to participation.  The fee for the Summer School is £1,150 including 5 night’s accommodation, or £760 excluding accommodation. This includes attendance to the Summer School and EACH Forum; a dinner during the Summer School; and the EACH Forum dinner.


March 1st 2019: call for applications opens
May 3 2019: call for application closes
May 2019: confirmation of places for selected participants

Summer School 2017

The 2017 edition of the rEACH Summer School took place at Regents University, Regents Park, London, UK on September 4, 7 and 8 in conjunction with the EACH Summer Event. The Summer School was led by three senior facilitators and a junior facilitator to ensure quality mentoring, as well as a connection with yEACH, the early-career network within EACH.

The summer school provided participants with a platform to discuss key challenges they were facing in their research with faculty and peers. Presentations focused on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues, promoting an interdisciplinary exchange among participants and facilitators. The majority of the time was spent in small group sessions to ensure in-depth discussions and personalised feedback. In addition to receiving valuable feedback on their research, participants also highly appreciated the opportunity to network with peers and more senior researchers.