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 quadrennial European Congress of Neurosurgery, the Annual EANS Meetings (formerly Vice-President Winter Meetings) and the European Training courses.
The legislative body of the EANS is its Executive Committee which consists of representatives from national member societies and individual members. The Executive Committee meets annually and further extraordinary meetings of the Committee can be called. The Administrative Council (AC) of the EANS implements the decisions taken by the Executive Committee; if the Executive Committee is the "Parliament" of the EANS, the Administrative Council can be considered as its "cabinet". The Council meets at least once a year, during the EANS Annual Meeting, and often more frequently.
Officers are elected for a term of 4 years, which runs from one European Congress to the next. The future President and Chair of the Training Committee are elected by the Executive Committee, two years before their term begins. All other officers are elected at the meeting of the Executive Committee which takes place during the European Congress.
In addition, much of the work of the EANS is carried out by its Committees , and the Association also employs two full time professional salaried members of staff, who are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.
The official journal of the EANS is The European Journal of Neurosurgery: Acta Neurochirurgica.
The EANS is constituted in Belgium and its constitution has been filed in Gent, Belgium.