The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) is an independent, supranational association of national European neurosurgical societies and individual members, which arranges congresses, scientific meetings and symposia, including the European Congress of Neurosurgery and EANS Annual Meetings, the European Neurosurgical Training courses and a number of additional CME events.
We have developed the profile of our Annual Meetings and Congresses, and the active involvement of both our individual and national society members. We are now seeking to extend our links with both individuals and neurosurgical societies in the rest of the world.
Our association’s objective is to promote enhanced scientific knowledge and the exchange of information between those in different cultures and training systems throughout Europe. One of the most important ways in which we have traditionally done so is by bringing together those at a relatively early stage of training, at our European Training Courses in Neurosurgery. Many long lasting friendships and professional relationships have been formed through these events, to the benefit not only of the individuals concerned, but to European Neurosurgery as a whole. These activities have recently been extended by an increasing programme of CME events aimed at those at a more advanced stage of professional development, and we look forward to developing these further as our newly created specialist Sections gather momentum. We also offer a number of awards and fellowships, which are keenly contested and have provided many young neurosurgeons with invaluable exposure to advanced surgical techniques at some of the most prestigious units in Europe.
Seeking to harness the significant potential offered by technology, we have recently enhanced our website to include a number of interactive facilities, and have also launched a new, highly affordable “electronic only” individual membership category for neurosurgeons in training and those outside Europe. Structure
The policies of the EANS are determined both by the Executive Committee, which meets annually and consists of representatives from national member societies and individual members, and by the Administrative Council – a smaller elected group which might be considered our association’s “Cabinet” and discusses the issues relevant to the EANS on a much more regular basis.
In addition, much of the work of the EANS is carried out by its various Committees and newly formed Sections, whose role will, we anticipate, become increasingly prominent. The Association also employs three full time professional salaried members of staff, who are responsible for the day to day running of the organization and for developing new initiatives in conjunction with key members of the Administrative Council.
The official journal of the EANS is The European Journal of Neurosurgery: Acta Neurochirurgica, published by Springer Verlag. The EANS is constituted in Belgium and its constitution has been filed in Gent, Belgium.
For more information on the EANS, its activities and membership, please visit www.eans.org