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.
The ESPN Congress is the occasion under which the Society’s Executive Board and Committees officially meet, reporting on their mandates to the General Assembly. During the later, candidate members of the Society are acclaimed and the new ESPN Executive Board is elected. The Society is then delivered into the hands of its new President during the “Poncho ceremony”, taking place during the ESPN Dinner the day before the Congress adjourns.