Lighting the Flame program phases

A full guide to what our Lighting the Flame program involves, including dates of upcoming online workshops and in-person retreats.

Phase 1: online campus

In this phase, you can get around-the-clock access to:

  • Basic educational tools about hematology
  • Interviews, podcasts, and live online workshops with clinicians and researchers where they share insights and personal experiences
  • Hematology courses

Our online campus is organized in line with the EHA European Hematology Curriculum. As a user of the campus, you'll get:

  • Information that incorporates recent knowledge, diagnostic tools, and treatment modalities
  • A wide view of the field of hematology

Amongst other topics, campus resources cover:

  • Sickle cell diseases
  • Immunotherapy
  • Acute leukemia (clinical and research approaches)
  • Thalassemia
  • Pediatric hematology
  • Lymphoma
  • Mentorship

Who can take part

Any medical student, intern, or resident can take part in phase 1.

Register for Lighting the Flame now.


Phase 1 is free for everyone.

Upcoming online workshops

We'll be holding the following workshops in March and April 2024. To take part, register for Lighting the Flame.

Date Time Topic Instructor
March 19 19:00 (CET) Transfusion medicine I Dr Mona Alfaraj, MD. KSUF. QIA(CM), Consultant Hematopatholgist & Blood Transfusionist
March 21 19:00 (CET) Transfusion medicine II Dr Mona Alfaraj, MD. KSUF. QIA(CM), Consultant Hematopatholgist & Blood Transfusionist
March 27 18:00 (CET) Hemophilia Prof Dr Roberta Gualtierotti, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Milan
April 11 18:00 (CEST) Lymphoma Prof Dr Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Clinical Professor, Consultant Hematologist, University of Aalborg
April 23 18:00 (CEST) Hematopoietic stem cells Prof Simona Valletta, PhD, FHEA, Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health, The Oglesby Cancer Research Building, Manchester Cancer Research Centre

Phase 2: first retreat

The program's first retreat is a chance to:

  • Get to know more about hematology from both a clinical and research perspective
  • Network, and make connections with other medical students, interns, and residents who are interested in hematology, and also with mentors and experts in the field

See what a retreat looks like by watching our ‘impressions’ video.

Who can take part

You must meet specific selection criteria to take part in phase 2. We'll share the criteria in advance on this page.


Phase 2 is free, but you must meet the selection criteria to take part.

Upcoming phase 2 retreats

Our next retreat will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, from July 10 to 14, 2024.

If you'd like to take part, you'll need to:

Phase 3: second retreat

Phase 3 is a follow-up retreat that offers participants:

  • Educational meetings and activities on various areas of hematology
  • Guidance on more practical approaches to hematology

Who can take part

This follow-up event is open to the medical students, interns, and residents who took part in phase 2.


Phase 3 is free, but you must have taken part in phase 2.

How to join Lighting the Flame

If you're interested in joining our free training program, you can find information on eligibility and registration on the main Lighting the Flame page.