Staré Splavy, Czech Republic
May 10 – 13, 2012
Like in the previous years the interest for attendance in our course was overwhelming. With sad heart we were forced to refuse applications of 90 colleagues. Out of those 136 accepted the majority have overcome various administrative obstacles (visas, permissions, insurance etc.) and after some cancellations 123 participants have come from 36 countries. African Mediterranean countries (associate members of the EFNS) were represented by 2 colleagues from Egypt and by 3 neurologists from Tunisia.
Faculty members from 7 countries (Slovenia, Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, The Netherlands and Czech Republic) presented as usually every day three 50 minutes plenary lectures in the morning and three workshops for smaller groups in the afternoon.
We were pleased to welcome our vice-president Professor Marianne de Visser, who also lectured in the third topic.
In general the audience expressed their satisfaction with topics on Movement disorders (provided by the MDS, who nominated Susanne Schneider, Angelo Antonini and Zvezdan Pirtosek), Multiple Sclerosis (Michel Clanet, Jana Lízrová, Klemens Ruprecht) and Disturbance of consciousness (by Marianne de Visser, Lászlo Csiba and Pavel Kalvach). In their questionnaires most participants designated the level of presentations as „about right“, only a minority perceived them „too basic“ or „too advanced“. Mainly the interactive character of the afternoon workshops has been praised by many respondents.
Dr Alena Šteflová, chair of the national subsidiary of World Health Organisation, gave a lecture on general and neuroscience directions in the activities of WHO. A survay of opportunities for young neurologists in Europe by Krisztina Róna-Vörös, secretary of EAYNT, was welcome as a practical incentive for personal ambitions.
Besides of the EFNS sponsorship we were also grateful to the Lundbeck International Neuroscience Foundation for their support.
As organizers we were happy to have a company of listeners intensively dedicated to knowledge, colleagues of high cultivation in mutual exchange of opinions and eager to compare their own neurological practice with so many other countries. So were they appreciated also by the whole faculty. The cultural and social programme was evaluated as excellent, likewise also the administrative service in all stages of preparation provided by Magda Dohnalová and her husband. All letters after the course were endearing texts which the EFNS can be proud of.
Pavel Kalvach is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the 3rd Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, and is organizing the EFNS Spring School (former EFNS Academy) since the beginning.