// Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great honor and pleasure to invite you to the 25th Congress of the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN), which will be held in Paris-France, at Le Beffroi de Montrouge, from May 8 to May 11, 2016.

Since its first organization, the ESPN biennial Congress has come a long way, to be now considered as the major scientific gathering of our sub-specialty in Europe. During our 25th Anniversary, we will have the opportunity to review these steps and recognize the progress made in Europe in the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

The Scientific Committee is planning a comprehensive programme, which will comprise Plenary Sessions, Round Tables and Special Lectures, as well as additional scientific symposia. The main subjects to be addressed include craniofacial surgery, pediatric head trauma, pediatric neurovascular disease, pediatric oncology, intraoperative neuromonitoring, spinal dysraphism, as well as spinal lipomas. Sessions will open with keynote lectures on the respective topics delivered by renowned international Faculty, to be followed by oral presentations on the latest in research and clinical practice. Poster presentations will offer an additional insight of recent developments in our sub-specialty. We encourage authors to participate in the abstract submission procedure and take this opportunity to present their work during the Congress, while contributing to the scientific interaction and discourse.

In our 2016 Congress, we also welcome the contribution of our colleagues from the Brazilian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (SBNPed) and the Asian-Australasian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (AASPN). In jointly organized sessions, we anticipate interesting discussions to take place, with distinguished specialists from different backgrounds addressing issues of multidisciplinary interest.

We look forward to welcoming you in Paris in May 2016, to meet and share knowledge, experience and friendship in the City of Lights.

Prof. Dr. Michel Zerah
ESPN President (2014-2016)