It’s a festival bringing together young people with MS from across Europe. It will be two days filled with talks from leading experts, interactive activities and opportunities to connect with other young people with MS.
We’re asking people to submit a CV (if you have one), a motivation letter and a recommendation from your national MS Society/MS organisation. It’s ok if you don’t have or can’t get a recommendation, we still encourage you to apply.
21st August 2017 will be the final deadline for applying.
There will be lots of short sessions led by MSers and healthcare experts, as well as activities to get involved with, giving you a chance to meet and learn from other European MSers. We’re also looking for people with MS to give five minute lightning talks so email us if you’d like to do this.
Why not? Prague is a great location for the first MS Sessions and home city for the current EMSP young persons ambassador. If MS Sessions is successful, the location would change each time.
Our intention is for every MSer who attends the festival to have their travel and accommodation paid for. The registration fee is 25 euros. If you need support with this, please let us know. You will need to make this payment through Eventbrite.
We are asking people to submit applications to apply, it’s not possible to buy a ticket. By applying you are also able to access a bursary to pay for travel and accommodation.
Our intention is for every MSer who attends the festival to have their travel and accommodation paid for. By applying to attend you will also be requesting a bursary to pay for travel and accommodation. If you would prefer to cover the costs yourself, that is fine, please just make us aware of this in your application.
You will have been sent application information. To apply for a bursary you will need to; submit a motivation letter detailing why you’d like to attend; a CV, if you have one available; plus a letter of support from a national MS society/MS organisation (i.e. Shift.ms. You will need to email this to [email protected]
The idea of MS Sessions arose from chats between Shift.ms, EMSP and various people with MS at the EMSP annual conference in 2016.There was a feeling among many of the MSers there that they wanted to be at an event where they could meet other people the same age as them (they were mostly in their 20s). We’ve had many discussions around setting an age range. We knew that if we set an age, it would upset people. However we made the decision to have an age range as there was seemingly a need and desire for an event specifically for people of this age range. We spoke with many MSers and other MS organisations who have set up events for ‘young’ people before we made the decision.
This year is the inaugural MS Sessions and we, Shift.ms and EMSP, made a call to keep the age range tight. We chose 18-40 as this is the time when many people with MS are diagnosed (a recent study shows 81% are diagnosed under the age of 40). We intend everyone there (including the team) to be under the age of 40. The only exception will be some of the speakers.
You will be contacted by EMSP inviting you to attend.
We’re happy for you to discuss your application with us. Please contact EMSP about this.
The festival starts on Saturday 25th November at 9.30am. It is recommended to arrive on Friday 24th November.
It is recommended to arrive on Friday 24th November.
Our intention is for every MSer who attends the festival to have their travel and accommodation paid for. All we ask is for an initial €25 registration fee.
If you are selected to attend MS Sessions, you will be given access to an online booking system. Through this you will be able to book your travel.
If you are selected to attend MS Sessions, you will be given access to an online booking system. Through this you will be able to book your accommodation at the Grandior Hotel in the centre of Prague.
We will provide you will transport details nearer the time.
No, the fee will not be refunded after 30th September.
We would encourage those applying to attend to be available to attend the full two days to benefit the most from the festival.
Registration fee is 25 euros. This is non-refundable after 30th September 2017.
Yes, you will most likely be sharing a room with another person with MS. If this is a problem, we are happy to discuss an alternative, although we cannot guarantee your own room. If you will be attending MS Sessions alongside your carer/PA, you will be offered a room that is suitable for the both of you.
Please contact Emma Rogan [email protected] to discuss this. We cannot guarantee your own room.
To ensure spaces are filled by people from the target audience (young people with MS), partners will not be taking part in the sessions during the festival (includes the meals, breaks and workshops during MS Sessions). We have to implement this due to the hugely positive response from young people with MS from across Europe. This does not include people who are travelling as Carers/Personal Assistants. If you have any comments, please email [email protected]
Carers and personal assistants will be covered. Please state in your application whether you will be bringing a PA/carer.
On Saturday 25th November, we will arrange for dinner and drinks in Prague. This will be an opportunity to get to know other people and see the city. The dinner and drinks during the dinner will be paid for.
Lunch and dinner on Saturday 25th November will be provided. Lunch will be provided on Sunday 26th November. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday will be part of your accommodation package.
The working language and the language used by presenters will be English.
Following MS Sessions we hope you’ll feel engaged and ready to be an active advocate in your own country. We’ll give you the tools during MS Sessions to help you get started in your native country.
Funding of this festival is coming from five/six different pharmaceutical companies. An event of this type simply wouldn’t be possible without their support. Each of the funding requests has been made as a donation. Strict ABPI rules mean a donation of this type can not have ANY involvement or influence from the companies. Shift.ms and EMSP have complete and utter autonomy on every detail of the festival. Under no circumstance would we agree on a donation for this festival unless we had this.