Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November 2021


Scroll down to find more information about the abstract submission process…

General information: The EPNS has been organising Research Meetings since 2008. With an aim to enhance research in Paediatric Neurology, the meeting brings together leaders in the field, active researchers and young fellows who are interested to join or to set up research projects. It is a forum for researchers in Paediatric Neurology, where they present their work, ideas, results, creating the possibility for good interaction between researchers and premises for networking, future collaborative research in Europe and beyond. Experienced professionals and young researchers get together, in an environment where interactive, vivid discussions can take place around the presented topics.

EPNS Research Meeting 2021 will be FULLY VIRTUAL

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the planned 2020 meeting in Stockholm was postponed until 2021. After careful consideration, the decision has been taken that the 7th  EPNS Research Meeting in 2021 will be a fully virtual event. Building on our previous experience, we will provide a fulfilling and enjoyable virtual experience, with confidentiality of information a primary focus. An opportunity to network, collaborate, and build research networks all in the comfort of your home.

Who is the EPNS Research Meeting aimed at?

The EPNS looks forward to welcoming Child Neurologist researchers at all stages of their career: Leaders/senior colleagues, junior scientists and PhD students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Organising Committee:

  • Professor Barbara Plecko, Chair EPNS Scientific and Research Committee, Universitätsklinik für Kinder-und Jugendheilkunde, Graz, Austria
  • Professor Thomas Sejersen, EPNS Board member, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Stockholm

Preliminary Programme: will be uploaded soon

What to expect

  • 3 Plenary lectures
  • Attend 2 of the 8 working groups: 4 working groups will be placed in one block and take place in parallel break-out rooms on Day 1. The following 4 working groups will be placed in another block and take place in parallel later on Day 1. The 2 blocks showing which 4 working groups are in each will be shared soon. Participants will select one working group from the 1st block and one working group from the 2nd block. Here is the full list of all 8 Working Groups – scroll down for more information:
Autoimmune inflammatory diseases
Movement Disorders
Neonatal Neurology & Developmental Neurology
Paediatric Stroke


 Abstracts Submissions

  • The abstract submission period is now open.
  • The abstract closing date is 6 August 2021 23:59:59 CET.
  • You can present a new project, an idea, or a starting/ongoing project.
  • Abstracts strictly must relate to research topics: you must indicate in which working group you want to give your presentation.
  • Single case reports cannot be accepted and will not count as abstracts.
  • All abstract candidates (successful and unsuccessful) who meet the terms and conditions will be given priority registration.
  • It is not necessary to present a project to attend the Research Meeting.
  • Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their submission by the 31 August 2021.
  • Presentations and discussions will be live streamed. Successful candidates will be given more information about the date/time of the presentation and the technicalities of how to present their case in the virtual setting of a Working Group break-out room.
  • Presentations MUST NOT include patient information/pictures without the appropriate consent.
  • Working Group Chairs will evaluate and judge the abstract submissions for their related topic.
  • Working Group Chairs will decide the length of time allocated to each abstract presentation.
  • Research Prizes will be awarded (see details below).

How to submit an abstract

EPNS Research Prizes 

Two prizes of 2,500 Euros per person awarded to young neurologists who present outstanding, innovative ideas in research in Paediatric Neurology.

EACCME® accreditation

 An accreditation application is in process.


Will open in September – a link will be added to this webpage.

Number of Participants

  • Limited to a maximum of 40 participants per working group.
  • All abstract submitters (successful and unsuccessful) who meet the abstract submission criteria will be given priority registration. Note: single case reports cannot be accepted and will not count as abstracts.
  • Remaining places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Participants must be EPNS members who have paid their 2021 annual membership fee to attend this Research Meeting. If you are not a member, please email for more information or apply here:

Registration Fees

EPNS annual membership fees are based on the World Bank income category of the country in which our EPNS members practice. The Virtual EPNS Research Meeting fees will be based on the same income categories. Here is the list of World Bank Classification 4 high income nations CLICK HERE

  • WB4A= Class 4 high income nations on the above list not highlighted
  • WB4B= Class 4 high income nations on the above list highlighted in yellow
  • WB123 = countries not Class 4 high income nations, i.e., not on the list above

The fees for the Virtual EPNS Research Meeting 2021 are as follows:

WB123 and WB4B 50 Euros
WB4A 100 Euros


After the EPNS Research Meeting has Finished 

This event will not be recorded, this is your one chance!


EPNS Working group and Description


Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases working group welcomes contributions addressing all aspects of inflammatory CNS diseases, including autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases and further inflammatory processes affecting the nervous system. Primary goal of the group is to present own research projects. This may include presentations on finished and on newly planned projects. Proposals with calls for collaboration are particularly encouraged. Martin Häusler Germany) EMAIL

Kevin Rostasy (Germany) EMAIL

Ataxia: Research in the field of the cerebellum and ataxia is growing fast over the last decade. The ataxia working group is an active group, focussing on international collaboration covering many multidisciplinary aspects of ataxia and the cerebellum. During this new workshop opportunity by an on-line platform, we cordially invite you to present, participate and learn about upcoming and on-going projects. If you have a project to share or discuss, if you would like to participate in international projects, or if you are interested in the amazing cerebellum, please feel welcome to join! Deborah Sival (Netherlands) EMAIL

Maja Steinlin (Switzerland) EMAIL

Epilepsy working group is a very active formation of epilepsy researchers throughout Europe (many working in EpiCare affiliated centers, with collaborations overseas). We have collaborated in many successful projects and studies over the last years. We aim to discuss new research proposals, interesting recent and innovative studies and ongoing (multicentre) projects. During the virtual working group meeting in November 2021, we would like to give the floor to young researchers in the field to present their research ideas or results during short presentations of 10-12 minutes. We also invite members of ICNA, EPNS and EPICARE to prepare few slides on ongoing projects in their department, especially when they welcome collaboration with other paediatric epilepsy centres.  We ask young researchers to submit their abstracts before the end of June 2021. If you do not plan to present your work, we would like to encourage you to attend our working group to participate in lively discussions.  We look forward to receiving your contributions and to meeting you during the virtual EPNS research meeting. Floor Jansen (Netherlands) EMAIL

Lieven Lagae (Belgium) EMAIL

Movement Disorders Dr Jean-Pierre Lin and Prof. Michel Willemsen (Joint Chairs) for the Virtual EPNS Research Meeting in Stockholm 25-26th November 2021 invite you to present your work on any aspect of movement disorders in children and young people. The purpose of the meeting is to allow clinical science researchers to discuss their work, which can span any aspect from the bench to the bedside, in an interactive, positive, and stimulating program and setting. We are particularly interested in clinicians, including allied health professionals, currently or recently involved in work leading to a doctoral thesis. Please contact both of us with a synopsis of your ideas and proposals for the meeting. Jean-Pierre Lin (UK) EMAIL

Michel Willemsen (Netherlands) EMAIL


Neonatal Neurology & Developmental Neurology:  The scientific programme and discussion will cover newest research data on models of perinatal brain injury such as hypoxia and ischemia, and excitotoxic injury, as well as their effects and their contribution to clarify the pathophysiology of acquired neonatal brain injury. We will also include groups interested in brain development, including fetal neurologists and specialists of cortical malformations from basic scientist, neuro(foeto)pathologists, fetal radiologist to paediatric neurologist.

You are welcome to bring your own ideas, to inform about your own model, to get help in choosing an appropriate model for your own research questions. We would like to develop collaborative work within this group, from basic scientists to clinics. Information on neuroprotective strategies will be shared and possible joint research on fetal and perinatal brain injury will be discussed. We are looking forward to the presentation of your own ongoing research in this area. We will give you 10-15 min slots for presentation and discussion! Please submit your contribution with a title and a short summary on the topic. If you do not plan to present your work, we would like to encourage you to attend our working group to participate in lively discussions of ongoing projects.

Nadia Bahi-Buisson France) EMAIL

Regina Trollmann (Germany) EMAIL

Neurometabolics: The Neurometabolic Working Group is happy to accept research projects on pathomechanisms, diagnosis, care and treatment of paediatric neurometabolic disorders. The provided platform will enable stimulating and substantial input from experts and peers alike and offers a great opportunity to establish or strengthen European research networks in the field of neurometabolic disorders in child neurology. We explicitly encourage young researchers to present projects at various stages of realisation – from application or recruitment to preliminary conclusions or final results. See you in our first virtual EPNS Research Meeting : )  Barbara Plecko (Austria) EMAIL

Dimitrios Zafeiriou (Greece) EMAIL

Neuromuscular: The Neuromuscular Working Group aims to discuss the latest research developments relevant for the diagnosis, care and treatment of paediatric neuromuscular diseases. The discussion will focus on the application of new approaches for clinical trials, implementation of novel therapies, and the European reference network for neuromuscular diseases (EURO-NMD). Further, new developments and pitfalls in genetic diagnosis, impact of standards of Care, and transition to adulthood care will be discussed. The working group session also will offer an opportunity for scientists and clinicians to present and discuss own research ideas and results. Guenther Bernert (Austria) EMAIL

Thomas Sejersen (Sweden) EMAIL

Paediatric Stroke: We are happy to invite you to the 3rd meeting of the Paediatric Stroke Working Group in Stockholm, 29-30 May 2020. After a keynote lecture we will be happy to learn more about your research projects  in childhood neurovascular disorders (planned or already ongoing) and to discuss possibilities for a collaborative network. Ideas for research networks sometimes appear from unsolved cases – so please bring any interesting cases and/or diagnostic/management questions  to our next meeting in Stockholm! We are really looking forward to seeing you there! Lucia Gerstl (Germany) EMAIL

Finbar O´Callaghan (UK) EMAIL