European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress

On behalf of the local organizing committee, we welcome you to the 4th European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress (ESPBC) on 13-15 May 2020 in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Organized by stichting Stop te vroeg bevallen


At this moment the ESPBC congress will proceed as planned. At present the WHO, ECDC and the RIVM do not consider the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency in the Netherlands that require extraordinary public health measures.

ESPBC 2020 in Haarlem will proceed for there is no negative travel advice to visit the Netherlands. We will make a definitive decision in April 2020.

The venue and the organization have taken precautions to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections and hand sanitizer will be made available for delegates.

The local organizing committee is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with the health authorities in The Netherlands.


Acreditation NVOG: 15 points

Objectives ESPBC 2020

4th European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress

  • To bring basic scientists and clinicians interested in preterm birth together at one conference to discuss the progress that has been made in the field of preterm birth and to develop our goals in the near future.
  • To bring young investigators into contact with established investigators, in order to support collaboration between groups and maximize the full potential of our bright young investigators.
  • To give a platform to investigators to present their newest data.
  • To debate controversial themes within the field of preterm birth.
  • To discuss potential new interventions.
  • To discuss the development of an artificial womb for extremely preterm born neonates.

About This Event

We are honoured to host this successful bi-annual congress that is focussed on prevention and treatment of spontaneous preterm birth, the largest contributor to short term and long term morbidity and mortality for children.

Join us for three days of presentations on mechanism of disease, results of the latest RCT’s and current state of the art treatment presentations by international experts focussed on spontaneous preterm birth.

The congress is traditionally held in Europe, however, previous editions of the congress were visited by approximately 350-400 leading investigators and clinicians from all over the world. The congress will be 3 days, covering the themes basic science on preterm birth, novel tests for early prediction of preterm birth, new clinical trials for prevention and treatment, and future directions of science and clinic.
Haarlem is a charming medieval Dutch city, close to our international airport of Schiphol and only 20 minutes by train to our capitol Amsterdam. This Dutch city offers visitors a lively cultural scene, loads of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining – and is close to our wonderful Dutch beach.

We hope that you will be able to attend and contribute to the success of the ESPBC meeting of 2020.

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How to get to Haarlem

Reaching Haarlem from Schiphol Airport
If you are arriving in the Netherlands through Schiphol Airport, you can go to Haarlem with either train, bus or taxi. If you want to go by train, you need to change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. The train station is in the arrival terminal. A more convenient route is with Bus 300 (“Zuidtangent”) which runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol and Haarlem Central Station. Buses are signposted when you exit Schiphol Airport, and the Zuidtangent is a big red bus with number 300 on the front. Taxis are also found in front of Schiphol Plaza.

Reaching Haarlem to/from Amsterdam Central
Trains run direct from Amsterdam and Haarlem Central Station, usually everey 15 minutes.

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The congress venue
The Philharmonie is located in the middle of the beautiful centre of Haarlem. It is a 14 minute walk from the Haarlem Central Station. The nearest bus stations are Haarlem Centrum/Verwulft (7 min walk) or Haarlem, Naussaulaan (7 min walk). For more information on how to get there, please consult google maps for walking/public transportation routes to the Philharmonie Haarlem.


Philharmonie Haarlem
Lange Begijnestraat 11
2011 HH Haarlem


Stichting Stop te vroeg bevallen

Prof. dr. Dr. E. Pajkrt (Chairman)
Dr. M.A. Oudijk
Dr. M. Kok

IBAN: NL57 INGB 0007 7536 59
Chamber of Commerce: 68683278
RSIN: 857548049
Postal address: Groot Bentveld 1, 2116 TE Bentveld



May 13th - 15th, 2020
8.30 - 16.30


ESPBC Office
P +31 (0)20 5662357

Philharmonie Haarlem

Enjoy high quality theater, music & more in Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem.

From classical quartets to rock bands and ballet, Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem presents a riveting pallet of non Dutch spoken cultural events. Our theatre and concert hall, located in the historical city centre of Haarlem, both offer a high-quality programme of theatre, dance and music.

Philharmonie's flexible grand hall accommodates big pop concerts as well as major symphony orchestra's. The perfect combination of excellent acoustic design and the elegant use of wood makes the chamber music hall in the Philharmonie one of the best of its kind in Europe. The varied programme appeals to many music lovers. Stadsschouwburg Haarlem is one of the five oldest theatres in the Netherlands. This Dutch monument is lovingly called a 'bonbonniere' by the locals, which means so much as a small, ornate box for candy. The intimate theatre of Stadsschouwburg Haarlem forms a fabulous setting for a lovely night out.

Visit Philharmonie Haarlem website


The ESPBC meeting of 2020 will be organised by the Dutch Preterm Birth research group, led by Eva Pajkrt and Martijn Oudijk, both employed by the Amsterdam University Medical Center. This research group, is internationally renowned for performing a large number of clinical trials on prevention and treatment of preterm birth, within the Dutch NVOG consortium.

Prof. dr. Eva PajkrtProf. dr. Eva Pajkrt
Prof. dr. Eva Pajkrt
Prof. dr. Eva PajkrtCongress President
Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Amsterdam UMC
Dr. Martijn OudijkDr. Martijn Oudijk
Dr. Martijn Oudijk
Dr. Martijn OudijkCongress President
Consultant Obstetrician
Associate Professor Amsterdam UMC
Chairman of the Fetal-Maternal Medicine board of the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology



Ben Willem Mol
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia


Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman
Columbia University
Medical Center


Bo Jacobsson
Professor, Head of Perinatal Research Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

Phillip Bennett

Professor Phillip Bennett 

Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist


Alan Flake
Professor of Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Marjon de Boer
Amsterdam UMC, locatie VUmc


Tracy A. Manuck
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina


Joshua Vogel
Principal Research Fellow (Maternal and Child Health)
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia


Janneke van ’t Hooft
Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS)
Stanford University School of Medicine, USA



Sarah Stock
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health
The Queen’s Medical Research Institute Edinburh

Dr Le Doare
Dr Le Doare is a Reader in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Institute of Infection and Immunity, St George’s, University of London and MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Research Unit, Kampala, Uganda.


Lesley Stewart
Professor of Evidence Synthesis Director and Head of Department CRD University of York – York


Isabelle Dehaene

Perinatologist and PhD student
Ghent University Hospital, Belgium


Andrew Shennan
Andrew H Shennan
Professor of Obstetrics
Kings College London


Dr Vinh Dang

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Rodolfo PacagnellaAssociate Professor.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medical Science
University of Campinas, Brazil


Professor Gordon Smith

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of Cambridge


Micheal House
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA


Professor Dilly Anumba
Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Subspecialist in Fetomaternal Medicine


Maria Goya
Senior consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Preterm Birth
Obstetric and Gynecology Department
Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona.

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Dr Vasso Terzidou

Imperial College London and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.


Dra. Elena Carreras i Moratonas

Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology Department
Head of Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Medicine and Gynecologic Endocrinology
Head of the maternal Fetal Medicine Research Unit in the area of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Genetics.
Associate teacher in UAB University

Frans Hals Museum

One museum, two locations

The Frans Hals Museum is ...

… a happy marriage of two collections. They say that opposites attract, and that has certainly happened at the Frans Hals Museum, where you’ll find two opposing poles when it comes to the worlds of art. First, there’s the internationally renowned collection of 17th-century art from Haarlem, the birthplace of Dutch painting from the Golden Age – with Frans Hals as pater familias. Alongside that, there’s the collection of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on cutting-edge work by leading contemporary artists. These two collections are partners with their own clear identity that are intimately linked as interconnected vessels. They are two flints that are struck against each other and give rise to new meaning.

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Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the conference.

When will conference program be announced: October 2019.

Registration: When will registration be opened: October 2019.

Is there a discount: there will be a special registration price for PhD students.

What do registration fees cover: attendance for the scientific program, coffee and tea breaks, drinks and lunches, and the social program conference dinner on Thursday 14 May 2020.

If you still have unanswered questions after reading this page, please contact us.


Keukenhof - Lisse

The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren `{`Jacqueline of Bavaria`}` (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin `{`kitchen dunes`}` for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of over 200 hectares.

Landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also designed Amsterdam's Vondelpark, redesigned the castle gardens in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still constitutes the basis of Keukenhof.

In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. 2019 will be the 70th edition of Keukenhof, with Flower Power as its theme. During the past 69 years Keukenhof has developed into a world-famous attraction.

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Have a look at the event schedule

Scientific Committee

Name Country
‣ Eva Pajkrt The Netherlands
‣ Martijn Oudijk The Netherlands
‣ Ben Willem Mol Australia
‣ Bo Jacobsson Sweden, FIGO
‣ Ronnie Lamont UK
‣ Jan Stener Jørgensen Denmark
‣ Sarah Stock UK
‣ Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman USA, PREBIC
‣ Joshua Vogel Australia/Switserland/WHO
‣ Vincenzo Berghella USA
‣ Jim Thornton UK
‣ Gabriele Saccone Italy
‣ Begona Martinez de Tejada Weber Switserland
‣ Elena Carreras Spain
‣ Phil Bennett UK
‣ Guid Oei The Netherlands
‣ Marjon de Boer The Netherlands

Local Organizing Commitee

‣ Noor Simons
‣ Annemijn de Ruigh
‣ Angelique Hartman
‣ Tobias Nijman
‣ Frederik Hermans
‣ Charlotte Jansen
‣ Maud van Zijl
‣ Lotte van Dijk
‣ Bouchra Koullali
‣ Anna landman
‣ Job Klumper
‣ Carolien Dijkstra
‣ Janneke ’t Hooft
‣ Brenda Kazemier
‣ Jan Derks
‣ Stijn van Teefelen
‣ Joris van Drongelen
‣ Malou Lugthart

Advisory Committee

Name Country
‣ Andrew Shennan UK
‣ Hanns Helmer Austria
‣ Birgit Arabin Germany
‣ Bill Grobman USA
‣ Vedran Stefanovic Finland
‣ Marian Kacerovsky Czech Republic
‣ Fabio Facchinetti Italy
‣ Diogo Aryes-de-Campos Portugal
‣ Irene Hösli Switzerland
‣ Yves Jacquemyn Belgium
‣ Nils Halvdan Morken Norway
‣ Maria M. Goya Canimo Spain
‣ Wes Onland Netherlands
‣ Ronnie Lamont UK
‣ Jan Stener Jørgensen Denmark
‣ Wilfried Geyselaers Belgium
‣ Christophe Vayssière France
‣ Salim Read Israel
‣ Hildur Harðardóttir Iceland


Museum of Wonder

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, Einstein, and so many others who have feasted their eyes on everything that can be seen in Teylers Museum in Haarlem. Teylers opened its doors in 1784 and is now known as the oldest museum in the Netherlands, with a collection that is unique in the world. Ever since it was founded, this has been the place to surprise yourself and to wonder at ancient fossils, magnificent stones, ingenious devices, precious books, fascinating coins and medallions, marvellous drawings and romantic paintings.

Almost everything you see was once part of a laboratory collection of functional objects. They were not placed in the museum just to be admired, but mainly to encourage new discoveries. Teylers was a place of endless wonder. And it still is.
And don’t forget to look at the rooms themselves and the way they are furnished. The building itself is a museum piece – a time machine. Teylers is still, as far as possible, a daylight museum, which means that it becomes quite a different place in bright sunshine compared to overcast days.

Visit Teylers Museum website


Have a look at the social program schedule.


Haarlem has several nice hotels, most of them relatively small. We have made block reservations in the following hotels. To book a room, please contact the hotel individually by mail, quoting the hotel specific reference code. Please check with the hotel if the price includes breakfast and city tax.

Carlton Square Hotel Haarlem

€ 194.- per night,
including breakfast and
excluding city tax.
reference code: ‘ESPBC 2020 block’


€ 162.50 per night,
including breakfast
and city tax.
reference code: ‘ESPBC@STAATS’

NUI Diary Hotel Haarlem

€ 160.- per night,
including breakfast
and excluding city tax.
reference code: ‘ESPBC’

Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals

€ 132.50 per night,
excluding breakfast
and city tax.
reference code: ‘ESPBC2020 GF1575’

Great speakers with great topics. Join us!

Registration for the congress will be open from the last week of October 2019.
Please register before 1 May 2020. On-site registration is possible, however at a registration fee of € 650.-

If you would like to bring your (non-attending) partner to the Dinner party at Zandvoort Beach, please note that a charge of 75 euro’s will apply.

Tickets 550
  • Presentations by leading investigators
  • Free food and drinks during congress
  • Social program, including Dinner party at Zandvoort Beach
Ticket prices are €550.- and for PhD students €450.-
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    ESPBC 2020 – Call for abstracts

    The deadline for abstracts was 30 January 2020.
    The abstract selection committee is currently reviewing all submitted abstracts.
    We will notify the corresponding authors of acceptance or rejection before 16 March 2020.

    We do however have a possibility for submission of late breaking abstracts, until 15 April 2020.
    RCT’s and large basic science research projects are eligible for submission through the following link:

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