// Welcome Messages


// Welcome Message by the ESPN President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following advice from the Greek Health Authorities we decided to postpone the Congress to next year. We have set up new dates, 25 – 28 April 2021. This is not a decision taken lightly, but the health and safety of delegates, their partners and staff who are involved in the organization of the Congress, come first. Whilst it is unfortunate that we will not be able to meet soon, the situation is outside our control and we follow events and developments on the pandemic.

In our recent Executive Board meeting that was carried out by teleconference, we decided that there will be no other change of dates for the Congress, so one way or another, we will have a Congress next year! 

// Message from the Scientific Committee

Dear colleagues and friends,

Welcome to the 27th ESPN Congress 2021 in Athens which takes place with a delay of one year for known reasons. We have ahead not only a full 3-day-congress covering most aspects of Pediatric Neurosurgery. But, due to the COVID pandemic, we will explore the new concept of a hybrid meeting with people attending and people joining in over the internet. If things do not improve enough by April, we will have a totally virtual ESPN meeting.

One topic has received a special „treatment“ in the program: There will be on Monday an afternoon-long parallel session designed to review all aspects of treatment of spasticity with SDR.

  • About ESPN Congress

    The ESPN Congress is organized on a biennial basis (traditionally in late April - early May) by the acting ESPN President in his country of origin.
    It is ESPN’s main educational activity since its first organization in 1967 in Vienna, Austria, which constituted the Society’s inaugural occasion.
    The Scientific Program is drafted by the ESPN Scientific Committee, in collaboration with the ESPN President. Plenary sessions host a series of invited lectures
    delivered by renowned experts in the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery and sister disciplines. Abstract submission on topics covering all major aspects
    of concurrent Pediatric Neurosurgery research and clinical practice lavishly  provides for oral and poster presentations. Vibrant discussion is an integral part
    of all sessions,  with the strategic positioning of Panel Tables on major issues addressed.