EAN Board members are committing their time to the development of EAN. They engage daily in the management of the society, organise meetings, research and educational projects. They are dedicated and do their best to make EAN the home of neurology for all neurologists to reach EAN's goal of availability of high standards of care for all neurology patients.
Currently, 47 European National Neurological Societies are Full Institutional Members of EAN. Each society is represented by one delegate, who takes part in the EAN Assembly of Delegates and other EAN activities and most importantly serves a link between the two Societies.
EAN Community of Individual Members is represented within the EAN Assembly of delegates (democratic heart of EAN) by Individual Delegates, who are elected every four years. Every Full Member of Fellow of EAN has an active as well as passive voting right and decides on the future of EAN.
The Communication Committee is responsible for advising the Board about the communication strategy of EAN and assists the Board in liaising with other professional, scientific and lay organisations in the field of neurology in Europe and beyond. It is vital in particular for communication with national and subspecialty societies as well developing EAN’s press and media relations and visibility to the wider public.
The Education committee chair and members work closely together when monitoring all educational activities and developing recommendations related to the educational aims of EAN to facilitate continuous professional development. They want to guarantee optimal skills and competencies at all levels and stand for dedication to fellowship programmes for Neurologists in training and co-operation between European neurological departments. Overseeing the development of future eLearning possibilities and the advancement of future professional development programmes is just another pillar of their voluntary work for EAN.
The Programme Committee shapes the heart of the EAN Annual Congress. The committee selects and decides on the complete programme for each congress, ensuring a balanced session selection that excites all participants. They review, amend and select scientific topic proposals, approve the educational programme, select abstract submissions and develop the Poster programme. Next to that, they develop overarching theme sessions, take care of daily decision-making on smaller matters related to the congress. Their dedication to the cause is fundamental for the success of each congress.
The Scientific Committee (SC) develops recommendations for policies and activities related to all issues of scientific nature. It oversees and coordinates the activities of the Scientific Panels, that cover all major areas of clinical neurology. The SC functions as a direct link between the Scientific Panels and the EAN Committees & Board and is deeply involved in the activities of the European Affairs sub-Committee.
The EAN Resident and Research Fellow Section (RRFS), a platform for encouraging intercultural exchanges and support, is led by Officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Liaison Officer and Past Chair. They are in charge of and coordinate all RRFS-related activities, appoint representatives for different EAN Committees and Working groups and organise regular meetings.
The Officers represent the interests of neurologists in their training/early career stage and promote collaboration and friendship among them.
EAN Resident and Research Fellow Section (RRFS) has its representatives in all EAN Committees and sub-Committees as well as in the Scientific Panels. Their main role is to serve as liaison officers who ensure that the interest of the RRFS members is considered when planning and executing different EAN activities.
The Scientific Panels' Management groups are responsible partners of the EAN Scientific Committee. The standard size of the Management group is 3-6 persons, including two Co-chairs. The members of the Management group (MG) are elected by the Scientific Panel members and lead and coordinate all Panel-related activities (congress sessions, scientific updates, ecommunication, education, guideline production, EU related matters, meetings, ...).
This taskforce aims to help neurologists in Europe and beyond prepare for and manage the challenges this global crisis is bringing. To support neurologists, EANcore CoVID-19 provides up-to-date information on the pandemic, collates emerging data on neurological complications, publishes reports from front-line doctors, the latest research, breaking news, and more, all to access in just one place.
The eCommunication Board is responsible for running the EAN website, which includes among many sections the Guideline Reference Center, Neurology Updates, Registrar's Reading Lists, Scales and Scores as well as content on the start page of ean.org. One co-chair is the website editor, who oversees major changes and developments of the website.
The board members also create and develop content for the EAN news blog www.eanpages.org with another co-chair serving as the editor, overseeing and approving all content on a monthly basis. In addition they oversee EAN’s social media outreach.
The e-Learning sub-Committee (eLsC) is a subsidiary committee to the Education Committee and is responsible for the implementation of the EAN online learning platform and the development of ongoing online learning possibilities. The Editorial Board and representatives of several EAN committees oversee major e-Learning decisions and ensure high quality content for the neurological community.
The e-Learning sub-Committee is a major part of EAN's educational pillar and strives to provide high quality e-Learning content for the EAN community through numerous items such as Webinars, Webcasts, Virtual Master Classes and other online items.
Ethics and Quality Task Force (EQTF) is responsible for defining and assessing compliance of all EAN activities with high quality standards. This Task Force conducts and oversees the feedback process of all educational and scientific activities, and based on the received input, prepares recommendations for amendments for other EAN committees and working groups. Also, the EQTF advises the EAN Board and other committees in any occurring ethical matters. Moreover, the EQTF serves as a revising group for the EAN Endorsement of activities organised by other organisations, granting them the EAN acknowledgement of high quality educational events.
The Task Force on Gender and Diversity issues in Neurology, as one of a few within neurological organisations globally, dedicates its work to addressing disparities in clinical presentation of neurological disorders based on the different variables like sex, gender, race or ethnicity, which can impact many aspects of neurological diseases and the overall practice of neurology. This Task Force aims at increasing awareness of exisisting diversity in neurological disorders, disseminating knowledge on gender and other diversity issues in neurology and, therefore, fostering health care systems' changes.
The Guideline Production Group (GPG) is part of the EAN committee structure and collaborates closely with the Scientific Committee. The GPG oversees the guideline production, reviews the documents submitted by the task forces to ensure the conformity with the EAN rules, and assists with methodology. The GPG also organises a special session on EAN guidelines that have been/are under finalisation at the EAN annual congress to disseminate information on new guidelines.
EAN Science School Task Force has been set up to establish the 1st EAN Scientific School - a new format devoted to research and translational neurology, instead of the traditional clinical approach. Their main tasks are programme preparation, selection of participants and evaluation followed by a proposal to the Scientific Committee whether this format is successfully and should be translated into EAN activities as a fixed activity.
The Joint Education Board is a shared endevour of EAN and the UEMS SN/EBN, that works on common educational goals of both organisations. As it's first and major task, the JEB works on organising and expanding the European Board of Neurology examination, which is considered to be a tool for the assessment of neurological training in Europe and beyond. Moreover, the JEB coordinates update of the European Training Requirements in Neurology document which aims at promoting high standards of care for patients with neurological conditions throughout the European nations. Futhermore, developing a visitation system of neurological departments in Europe is in the pipeline, which shall also contribute to high standards of neurological care.
The Student Task Force is devoted to promoting EAN activities and the neurology domain among medical students. They strive to find innovative ways to increase the number of students entering neurology and to educate those who do not know about the value of neurology and neurologists. The Student Task Force collaborates closely with the Resident and Research Fellow Section (RRFS).
The Teaching Course sub-Committee chair and members are dedicating their voluntary time in creating the educational programme for the annual congress and other EAN courses outside congress that are happening all over Europe and the African continent. They have created a 5-year curriculum in line with the ETRN that foresees a steady and continuous presentation of all sub-fields in all levels. They interact to prepare future blended learning possibilities that facilitate access to continuous learning to many junior and senior Neurologist alike.
The speakers of the annual congress are at the center of the event itself. Without them, it would not be possible to share valuable content with the congress participants. They bring high-quality and up-to-date content, and are committed to sharing their knowledge as well as their research with their peers. They make a major contribution to EAN's main goal: to foster and support the development of neurological excellence in Europe.
The session chairpersons at the annual congress guide the participants as well as the speakers through the sessions. They facilitate the sessions in a way that the content is coherent and ask questions to foster discussion and continuity. They also provide reviews for the Investigator award and a dedicated number of chairpersons are responsible for the Tournament.
The abstract reviewers are a vital part of ensuring the high quality of public abstract submissions. They review up to 200 abstracts per person and help make the EAN ePoster area and all oral sessions a success. The also review abstracts based on public relevance and make a pre-selection for the investigator award.