ANSER Doctoral Course October 7th-18th, 2024

Together with Karolinska Institutet, Ghent University, University of the Western Cape, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, University of Cape Town under the umbrella of the Academic Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (ANSER) we are organizing this year’s ANSER Doctoral Course.

The course, held online from October 7th-18th, 2024 aims to show the importance of sexual and reproductive health and its effect on future generations.

Are you a PhD student who wants to learn more about this topic? Click here for more info.

ANSER Summer School July 1–5, 2024

The ANSER Summer School 2024 will be held online from July 1-5, 2024, and the call for applications is now open!

If you are currently following a Master’s or Graduate course, have a specific interest in SRHR and are under 35 years old, this call is perfect for you!

The ANSER Summer School aims to introduce master's students to the comprehensive concept of sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as to bring together fellow students from different parts of the world to share knowledge and experiences in the field of SRHR.

For more information on eligibility criteria and the application process: click here (deadline: May 10th 2024)

ANSER Conference 7th-9th February 2024

Capitalizing the momentum of ICPD30, the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ANSER conference ’Catalysing Change: Enhancing Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policies in Challenging Times’ aims to enhance collaboration between policymakers, academics and programmatic experts to advance SRHR knowledge & interventions, shape policies and drive societal change.
More information can be found on the conference website: https://www.ugent.be/anser/en/anser-conference.

ANSER Stakeholder Meeting

Every year ANSER organises an SRHR stakeholder meeting. The meeting has a double aim:

  1. Updating a wide variety of stakeholders, like policy makers, civil society and health practitioners on recent evidence on sexual and reproductive health generated by ANSER
  2. Hear from all stakeholders what data gaps they experience in their work and what SRHR issues they believe ANSER should prioritise in the coming year. That way the network expands the voices and participation of non-academics in research, by seeking feedback on SRHR evidence needs in society.

Reports of previous ANSER Stakeholder Meetings:

2021 Stakeholder Meeting Report

2022 Stakeholder Meeting Report

Education and training

ANSER Doctoral Course

On a bi-annual basis ANSER organises a Doctoral Course on 'Global sexual and reproductive health & rights'.

Understanding of how sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are shaped, and its effects on future generations is crucial for all researchers involved in global health, maternal health and many other areas related to health. This course will provide participants with practical and theoretical tools as well as background to review and carry out strong research in SRHR.

the 4th ANSER Doctoral Course is planned for October 2024 - please contact anser@ugent.be to get more information.

ANSER Summer School 

Each summer ANSER organises a Summer School for Master’s students that provides an introduction to the comprehensive concept of sexual and reproductive health and rights’.

The next ANSER Summer School is planned for the Summer of 2024 – Please contact anser@ugent.be to stay informed.

Evidence-based SRHR Policy Training

ANSER develops on-demand stakeholder trainings for policy makers and practitioners around the theme of Evidence-based sexual and reproductive health policies and the art of bridging the gap between research, policy and practice . Please contact anser@ugent.be for more information.

ANSER PhD Network

The ANSER PhD Network brings together doctoral students in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), providing a platform for them to exchange information, share best practices, and discuss relevant topics to their doctoral journey. Members of the PhD network can participate in different activities, trainings and networking opportunities with peers and international renown experts from the ANSER network. The network coordination is done by a select group of PhD students and activities are defined based on the interest of the full PhD membership. Besides from informal meetings to discuss PhD topics and challenges with peers, the network also organises journal clubs (to analyse newly published papers on SRHR) and skills building webinars.

Are you a PhD student working on SRHR, interested in joining the ANSER PhD network? Please fill in the form here

 ANSER PhD Network coordinators:

  • Karin Båge (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
  • Richelle Duque Björvang (Uppsala University/Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
  • Elien De Paepe (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Leni Linthout (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Alina de Luna Aldape (University of Marburg, Germany)

ANSER Master’s Student Network

The ANSER Master's Student Network brings together students currently doing a master’s degree and interested in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) fostering global collaboration with a specific focus on building evidence for SRHR policies. The Master’s student network aims to train students theoretically as well as practically and give them the opportunity to work within a global environment of SRHR experts and interested peers. Every year an ANSER Summer School is organised to learn the basics of SRHR and evidence to policy translation and on a more regular basis webinars and networking events are set up to build capacity of the students.


Are you interested in learning more about SRHR and becoming a member of the Master’s Student Network? Please fill in this form.  

ANSER Master’s Student Network coordinator: 

  • Lien Van Rechem (Ghent University, Belgium)


The ANSER secretariat offers possibilities for unpaid internships. Please contact anser@ugent.be for more information.