The responsibilities of the EAN Subspecialty Scientific Panels (SSP) are:
SSPs will support the Committees and the Board of the EAN in the development and activities of the society by:
- Suggesting educational and congress activities.
- Stimulating and contributing to the production of consensus documents/guidelines.
- Creating research networks and thereby facilitating researchfunding at the European level.
- Contributing to the collection of data regarding neurological care across Europe and its harmonization.
- Entertaining relations with subspeciality societies and patient associations.
- Contributing to the activities of the Working Group on Rare Neurologic Diseases.
Tasks of the SSP are:
- SSP members will hold at least 2 telephone conferences each year and will have 1 face-to-face meeting during the Annual EAN Congress.
- The Chairpersons of the SSPs will hold at least 2 teleconferences and one meeting with the SC per year.
- A summary of the SSP activities will be forwarded to the Scientific Committee (SC) before every EAN Meeting.
- The SSP will provide at least two “breaking news” (layman) reports which will be communicated to the general public via the special EAN web page dedicated to each SSP and published in Neuropenews.
- The SSP will recommend the best article of the month to the SC (reported on the special EAN SSP webpage).
- The national delegates will inform their National Societies about the activities of the SSP.
SSPs will be formed by:
- Members who are nominated by the European National Neurological Societies, on the basis of their scientific background in the area of the given Panel. Nomination is made every 4 years. Re-nomination is possible.
- Individual members who can apply directly. They have to confirm their interest after 4 years.
Depending on fields of interest/subspecialties documented in the CV it is possible to be member on more than one SSP. However, SSP members can only be nominated for one Managing Committee (please find the details below). Both groups of members shall complete a form (Scientific Subspecialty Panel membership Application), including their CV with a list of publications and a letter of intent. The proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee. SSP Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons will be proposed by the Scientific Committee and approved by the EAN President.
Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons will propose a Managing Committee (3-6 members including the Chairperson and the Co-Chairperson) that will be endorsed by the SC. The Managing Committees are responsible for the activity of the SSPs. The entire service on the Managing Committee is limited to a maximum of 6 years. The duration of the mandate of the Chairperson and the Co-chairperson is 2 years, with the possibility of re-election once.
General Principals of the SSP are:
- It is encouraged that SSP members become individual members of the EAN.
- Invitation to young specialists and basic/translation researchers to apply for SSP membership is recommended.
- The administration of the Scientific Committee and the SSPs is done by the EAN Head Office in Vienna.
The transition rules of the SSP:
- will be instituted with the Meeting of the EAN in Berlin. Until then the SSPs remain active in their current form.