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.
On Tuesday the arrival of the current pandemic has left its footprints. A special session to commemorate the uniqueness of an early victim of SARS-CoV2, Jim Goodrich, who had a special relation to and special importance for ESPN. Moreover, some lectures have been added reflecting aspects the pandemic has brought upon ESPN and our new scientific and clinical practice.
Regarding the rest of the scientific program, we gave our best to compose a stimulating program out of 256 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 private 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. ‚
Again, posters have their distinctive place within the morning program with 5 minutes for presentation and discussion in 5 parallel poster sessions.
The ESPN president and ourselves, have tried 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, ESPN and Congress President, the ESPN board and Erasmus for the organization of the ESPN Meeting under exceptionally unpredictable circumstances. We nevertheless are optimistic that ESPN2021 will be a memorable professional experience in special times for all of us.
Finally, we thank all invited speakers and presenting authors for the work they have put into their research during the last years to enrich our professional lives as Pediatric Neurosurgeons.