31 May – 3 June 2014
At this unique meeting organised by the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) and the European Neurological Society (ENS), a record number of more than 5900 neurologists from 102 countries attended.
The top ten countries were Germany, France, Turkey, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Greece, Spain and Romania. But of course many participants came from outside of Europe.
From a total number of 2700 abstracts submitted, the Congress Programme Committee – led by Professors Jacques De Reuck and Gustave Moonen – selected 1500 to be presented as electronic as well as paper posters. Especially the ePoster session was a great success.
There was a total number of 68 sessions, including 8 symposia, 23 focused workshops, as well as oral sessions and special sessions. 25 teaching courses and 3 practical courses were part of the educational programme.
During the lunch breaks and in the evening pharmaceutical companies organised 11 Satellite Symposia.
Like at previous congresses, young scientists had the possibility to compete in the Tournament for Young neurologists. The Subspecialty Scientific Panels chose the best presentation in their field and finally (Investigator Award) all the participants were winners, since the congress evaluations showed that the scientific programme, as well as the organisation was excellent.
The highlight of this congress was the foundation of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN). EFNS and ENS came together to found this new society. Currently 45 national neurological societies, as well as 800 individuals are registered members of EAN.
The EAN represents more than 19.000 European neurologists.
On June 3, 2014 the Assembly of Delegates elected their Board. The following officers were elected:
President: Günther Deuschl, Germany
Vice President: Prof Franz Fazekas, Graz, Austria;
Secretary General: Prof Didier Leys, Lille, France
Treasurer: Prof Marianne de Visser, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Chair Scientific Committee: Prof Antonio Federico, Siena, Italy
Chair Liaison Committee: Prof David Vodusek, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Member at large: Prof Per Soelberg Sorensen, Kopenhagen, Denmark
The first EAN Congress is scheduled to take place in
Berlin, Germany from 20-23 June 2015.