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The event will take place from the 6th to the 7th of May 2023, starting with a welcome dinner on Saturday and proceeding with the conference day on Sunday. All sessions of the conference will be hosted in English.

The Young People’s Festival will offer an engaging program of seminars, panel discussions, and workshops tailored to the need of young people with MS. Topics will include self-advocacy and the importance of speaking up for oneself, understanding the impacts of MS on employment, learning about how to communicate and manage one’s diagnosis within the workplace/study as well as ways in which we can build and use our skills. In addition, participants will have the chance to connect with peers and professionals within the MS community, build relationships, and share their experiences. There will also be plenty of time for fun activities and socializing, to help attendees relax and recharge.

Keep your eyes peeled on our website for the final programme!


Young People's Cocktail 6 May 2023


Arrival & welcome of the participants 

19:00 - 21:30

Young People’s Cocktail

Dress code: Festive attire with a splash of orange

Young People's Festival 7 May 2023


Welcome word

Speakers: Elisabeth Kasilingam & Margarida Piçarra Navalhinhas


Keynote Speech: The experience of young patients in the field of employment

Speaker: Elisabeth Kasilingam

Session 1:
Youth employment and the pandemic scar

Speaker: Jakub Caisl, European Commission

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

Session 2:
Panel discussion on employment – building an inclusive work environment for the youth
  • Jan Van Amstel, president of Dutch MS Society
  • Yolanda Higueras, neuropsychologist, University of Madrid
  • Marju Teinikivi, expert on employment and social policy, Finnish MS Society
  • Bhagirathi Shah, young person living with MS and a researcher in social sciences, UK
Session 3:
Tell us how Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms are impacting your life? Presentation on IMSS Project

Speaker: Jana Hlaváčová

EMSP Young People's Network

Speakers: Patrik Puljic & Viivi Vesala


13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking

Session 4:
Parallel workshop 1 : Communicating our condition: Perfecting our potential

Speakers: Yolanda Higueras

Session 5:
Parallel workshop 2 : Skills-building session: Mastering our potential

Speakers: Emma Rogan & Jana Hlavacova

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break

Session 6:
Parallel workshop 1 : Communicating our condition: Perfecting our potential

Speaker: Yolanda Higueras

Session 7:
Parallel workshop 2 : Skills-building session: Mastering our potential

Speakers: Emma Rogan & Jana Hlavacova


16:15 - 16:30


Speaker: Elisabeth Kasilingam

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