Scope of the conference

The focus of this research colloquium is on research methods in pain sciences, rather than on research findings or (clinical) applications of research findings from pain science. The field of pain science is broad in focus and divers in research methods. With its focus on research methods in pain science, the colloquium is unique in the field of pain. The Scientific Committee invites researchers form different fields of pain research (e.g. fundamental, clinical, psychological, rehabilitation, pharmacology, neuromodulation, medicine, neurosurgery) to submit their abstracts in which they reflect on the research methods used, and to discuss its specific value and opportunities for the field of pain research. This colloquium will provide a forum for PhD-students for sharing ideas, networking, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to the field of pain science.

The Colloquium is open to all PhD researchers in the field of pain. It does not matter from what country they come from, what discipline, or how far they are in preparing their PhD. We welcome junior PhD researchers in the early stage of preparing their first study as well as more experienced researchers in the final year of their PhD. If junior researchers do not have results yet, they are welcome to present their research ideas and research design with their international peers. In fact, the scientific committee feels that such presentations might be a unique way to receive valuable input on their study design, and might trigger international collaboration. This is the only international meeting in the field of pain dedicated to PhD students.


The objectives of the research colloquium are multifactorial, including 1) the facilitating of PhD research in pain sciences, and 2) stimulation of (inter)national collaboration among PhD researchers from various disciplines. A third and very important objective of the colloquium is allowing PhD researchers to present their work orally in a platform presentation for an international audience.

The colloquium also aims at inspiring young researchers in the field, which will be achieved through the keynote lectures and ‘meet the expert’ sessions.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the colloquium, another important scientific objective addresses facilitating collaboration between pain researchers from various disciplines (including medicine, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing).

Scientific Importance

The major international pain congresses in the world (e.g. the world congress of the International Association for the Study of Pain; the World Institute of Pain congress, and the Pain in Europe EFIC congress) provide little opportunities for junior or PhD students to present their work during platform presentations. During these congresses, PhD students are able to present their work with poster presentations, but the platform (oral) presentations are typically taken by established researchers in the field. Therefore, the major scientific importance of the colloquium is allowing PhD students to present their work orally during a platform presentation for an international audience. Pain Science in Motion is the only pain congress in the world to focus on PhD researchers in the field of pain.