Session Descriptions

Plenary Symposia

All Plenary Symposia take place in the Main Auditorium.

Opening Session
Friday, 18:30-20:00, Main Auditorium 
The Opening Session is the first of four Plenary Symposia at an EAN Congress. It takes place on Saturday evening.

Presidential Symposium
Sunday, 10:00-12:00, Main Auditorium 
During the Presidential Symposium, the Named Lectures are presented. One of the Brain Prize awardees is giving a lecture.

Overarching Theme Session
Monday, 10:00-12:00, Main Auditorium 
This Plenary Symposium covers the Overarching Theme of the respective congress. To highlight a topic of actual interest and importance, EAN defines an overarching theme for every congress.

Highlight and Late Breaking News
Tuesday, 10:30-12:30, Main Auditorium 
The Highlight Session is the last Plenary Session of the EAN Congress organised in the morning of the last congress day. 
The Highlight session unites several congress features in one:
•    Highlights of the congress: selected and summarized by local experts
•    Latest news: brand new articles from Lancet neurology
•    Announcement of Tournament Awardees
•    General information: Presentation of upcoming congress, Handover, thank you and Farewell


120 minutes
Symposia are scheduled on each congress day and will last 2 hours each. Lecturers will give general information on the main topics of the congress. Special insight will be covered in Teaching courses and Focused workshops.

90 minutes
Focused workshops (FW) will be held in the morning and last for 1.5 hours. They will cover narrow topics and will aim to promote discussion around new ideas, evidence or theories. Ample time for discussion will be provided.

90 minutes
Special Sessions (SpS) cover topics of special interest, prepared by a certain interest group, or disease sub-specialty in order to engage on a discussion with the audience.


3 hours (2 x 90 minutes with a 30-minute refreshment break)
TCs are held on each congress day in the afternoon.  This relatively didactic format is best suited to sharing knowledge to improve the quality of clinical care, research and educational practice. All TCs are aimed primarily at a post-graduate audience. There are 3 levels of TCs:

  • Level 1 (Introductory): Aimed primarily at neurologists in training, or those wishing to refresh/update their basic knowledge in the field. Level 1 can also be suitable for undergraduates or general trainees with a particular interest.
  • Level 2 (Standard): Assumes familiarity with basic clinical knowledge and practice, aimed at specialist trainees or practitioners wishing to update and further develop their knowledge in the field.
  • Level 3 (Advanced): Aimed at specialist trainees or practitioners with a particular interest in that field, covering the latest advances of particular interest to a specialist audience.

60-120 minutes
This format is ideally suited where the learning objectives include a specific skill e.g. neurophysiology, neurosonology, radiological interpretation, clinical assessment/examination skills.
This may include speakers asking attendees to volunteer as subjects for the purposes of demonstration (e.g. NCS, EMG, Evoked potentials), and/or video or recordings of illustrative cases. At the virtual congress, Practical Lessons (PLs) are for a limited number of 100 participants only, to ensure interaction and engagement with the audience. Speakers present partly live, and can thus communicate with the audience.

90 minutes
The case-based workshops (CbW) are to support knowledge and practice in clinical diagnosis and management in a format, which requires the attendees to actively participate, with opportunities for direct discussion/contact with leading experts to discuss pre-prepared cases.

90 minutes
These sessions allow to give a critical overview of the current and most recent advances on key topics, share knowledge, stimulate debate and forge opinions on controversial issues of clinical care, research, educational practice and therapy. The audience is asked to give their Pro/Con feedback at the beginning and the end of the session.

90 minutes
At the virtual congresss, these sessions (IaS) are held live and are open for all participants. The opinions of colleagues will be collected and displayed during the session via pop-up windows, to engage the audience in an interactive way.

90 minutes
This format shall allow to share and improve knowledge on: “how to best write an academic paper”; “how to plan and organize a clinical or scientific study”; “how to apply for a grant”, “how to get a paper accepted” etc. These sessions (CdS) are open for all participants and primarily aim at a post-graduate audience.