Dear EAN members, friends, and colleagues,
Next year the European Academy of Neurology will be ten years old, a significant milestone for a vibrant and growing Academy that is striving to meet the needs of its members, clinical neurology and neuroscience. So, there is no better time than now to renew your membership and to help celebrate our tenth anniversary, which is very easy to do; simply log in to your EAN account, go to the membership tab, and follow the instructions.
If you have never been an EAN member, now is the time to join us. The benefits of membership continue to evolve and currently include the eanCampus, reduced congress registration fees, the opportunity to participate in EAN Scientific and Coordinating panels, and access to a range of educational events, grants, and fellowships. There are membership packages tailored to various career stages, as well as for neurologists working outside Europe and in other professions. To find out more, have a look at our overview.
Free individual membership is currently available for neurologists practicing in Ukraine, Morocco, Turkey, and Syria, as a gesture of support for the medical communities dealing with challenging healthcare scenarios.
There are have been other developments in our membership department that I would also like to bring to your attention, and I would also direct you to the membership page to get a full list of membership benefits.
For associate members we now offer access to educational and scientific content on the virtual congress platform for 1 month after the annual congress. This was first offered following the 2023 congress and was so well received that we decided to make it a permanent benefit of associate membership.
A major priority of the EAN is to support the next generation of neurologists, allied professions and neuroscientists. To improve our reach we have widened access to our Resident & Research Member and Student Member categories.
The EAN Student Task Force is also working on some new ideas for students that will be launched in 2024. We are developing a wide range of options and activities to engage students, ranging from congress sessions and eanCampus content designed specifically to meet the needs of students, to the Students Corner series on EANpages, the platform for student voices that also includes the ‘Why Neurology?’ essay contest, offering the chance to win a travel grant to the EAN congress. Keep an eye on our social media channels for announcements of the next exciting activities for students.
I would like to highlight a few important dates on the horizon for EAN members. Firstly, abstract submission for the 10th EAN Congress opens on 13 November, so please put this in your diary and remind your colleagues. Find the full details here.
Second is the EAN Congress Masterclass taking place in Vienna, Austria on 24 November. EAN Congress Masterclasses are a relatively new idea, offering participants the chance to dig deeper into interesting topics using material from the previous congress. This particular one will focus on Improving patient outcomes with FcRn inhibition in neuromuscular diseases. I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the field to take this great opportunity.
The third key date is 1 December, when application opens for next year’s EAN Spring School in Steinschaler Dörfl, Austria. The Spring School is always popular among clinical neurologists in training and residents looking to boost their knowledge and extend their networks and the 2024 edition will certainly be no exception. If you are an EAN RRFS member and you are tempted by the thought of several full days of lectures, workshops, and socialising in the Austrian countryside in May, then read more here.
Finally, an update from the European Journal of Neurology (EJoN), the official scientific journal of the EAN. From January 2024, the journal will be fully Open Access and no longer sold in print. There will be an article processing charge for accepted publications, but RRFS, Full and FEAN members are eligible for a 10% discount. If you are submitting a paper to EJoN, please be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your discount code.
EAN Secretary General