Message from the Scientific Committee

Dear colleagues and friends,

Welcome to the 27th ESPN Congress 2020 in Athens. We have ahead a full 3-day-congress covering most aspects of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Two following highlights have received a special treatment in the program: a complete parallel session has been designed to review the treatment of spasticity with the presence of the main experts in these techniques to share with us their expertise. On Tuesday, a special multidisciplinary session will focus on Ethics, a topic often forgotten in our meetings, which perfectly fits in the cultural and historical environment provided by the ancient city of Athens, cradle of democracy and philosophy.

Regarding the Scientific Program, we struggled hard to compose a stimulating program out of 221 abstracts, to serve your interests and offer as much learning abilities as possible. As established in the previous meeting, assessment and scoring of all anonymized abstracts has been done by a pan-european Scientific Advisory Board. All abstracts were under the scope of three reviewers, all of them experts in their specific field. We are most grateful to our colleagues who spend their pri-vate time into this peer-review process. The result was a strictly score-based ranking which was the basis for allocation to platform, flash and poster presentation (whenever poster was not the primary choice of the author). Again, posters have their distinctive place within morning program with 5 mi-nutes for presentation and discussion. In this way we expect fully attended and lively poster presen-tations.

The ESPN president and ourselves have tried hard to enlighten the program with selected invited speakers to give you in-depth expert opinion in certain topics.

We do want to especially thank Spyros Sgouros, our ESPN and Congress President, and Erasmus for the organization of all social and „atmospheric“ aspects, that will make ESPN2021 a memorable professional and social experience for all of us.

Finally, we thank invited speakers and presenters for the work they have put into their research during the last years to enrich our professional lives as Pediatric Neurosurgeons with their presenta-tions during this conference.

José Hinojosa
Erik van Lindert
Martin U. Schuhmann
The Scientific Committee for the 27th ESPN Meeting