Barbara Plecko Austria
Nadia Bahi-Buisson France
Nina Barišić Croatia
Dana Craiu Romania
Lieven Lagae Belgium
Jean-Pierre Lin United Kingdom
Finbar O’Callaghan United Kingdom
Michel Willemsen Netherlands
Dimitrios Zafeiriou Greece

EPNS congress

The main role of the EPNS Scientific and Research Committee is to advise on the scientific programme of the EPNS congress, as well as symposia or sessions organized, or co-organized, by the EPNS within scientific meetings of other societies (eg. European Academy of Childhood Disability, EACD).

The Scientific Committee also organizes workshops, usually attached to congresses, aimed at the development of guidelines for diagnosis and/or treatment trials in specific pathologies.

European Research Meeting in Paediatric Neurology

Another important activity of the EPNS Scientific Committee is the development of a European Research Meeting in Paediatric Neurology, held every two years. The meeting is intended to enable researchers in various fields of Paediatric Neurology to meet colleagues in the same field in order to facilitate collaboration, and to foster the building of research networks. The first meeting took place in October 3 – 4, 2008 in Tübingen, Germany in collaboration with the German speaking Paediatric Neurology Society (GNP). This meeting was formerly run as “Wissenschaftliche Statuskonferenz” of the GNP (German-speaking Society of Paediatric Neurology).

The general aim of the meeting is to support especially young researchers to meet their colleagues in the field for an exchange in order to facilitate collaboration and to extend or to build up research networks. The detailed programme for each meeting will be decided between the hosting

The programme is structured as follows:

Parallel sessions for several (currently eight) working groups (approximately 3 hours). Invited plenary lectures of interest to all working groups to be organized by two working groups (4 – 6 lectures, 30 min. per lecture).
Feedback from the working groups in plenary sessions:

1st EPNS Research Meeting 2008: Tübingen, Germany

2nd EPNS Research Meeting 2010: Leuven, Belgium

3rd EPNS Research Meeting 2012: Beuggen, Germany

4th EPNS Research Meeting 2014: Bucharest, Romania

5th EPNS Research Meeting 2016: Essen, Germany

6th EPNS Research Meeting 2018: Alicante, Spain

7th EPNS Research Meeting 2020: Stockholm, Sweden

Working groups

Established at the 3rd EPNS Research Meeting 2012 in Beuggen/Rheinfelden (Germany). Enquiries and suggestions regarding working groups that might take advantage of this meeting should be sent to the EPNS office ( for the attention of the chair of the scientific committee, Barbara Plecko.