Collaborating Societies




The ERS is the leading professional organisation concerned with respiratory disease in adults and children within Europe. It is broad-based, with some 10,000 members in over 100 countries. Its scope covers both basic science and clinical medicine.

The ERS seeks to alleviate suffering from respiratory disease and promote lung health through research, sharing of knowledge and through medical and public education. Its membership is made up of individuals working in the field of respiratory health: respiratory specialists, medical practitioners, scientists and researchers and allied health professionals, such as nurses, physiotherapists and technologists.

Paediatrics has a major role within​n the ERS, and forms one of the several Assemblies within the organisation. The Paediatric Assembly aims to provide a platform for interaction between clinicians and researchers. We maintain seven Scientific Groups within our assembly including Physiology, Asthma and Allergy, Cystic Fibrosis, Infection and Immunology, Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care, Epidemiology and Bronchology.

The annual meeting attracts over 18,000 delegates. Several paediatric symposia are held each year, as well as many spoken and poster sessions. An active ERS School promotes education and training, including the management of the European training program in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine (HERMES). Membership of the society is free to all trainees under 35 years of age.​



The European Society for Neonatology (ESN) was founded as a section of the ESPR in Oslo 1988 and ultimately developed into an independent society. The purpose was clear: In order to achieve high standards of both patient care and scientific research in the field of medicine, high quality postgraduate training programs are indispensable. 

Neonatology is a highly technical and rapidly evolving area of paediatric medicine, and has already been established as an independent specialty in most of the European countries. Practicing Neonatology at a level III neonatal intensive care unit and handling very small, sick and unstable infants at the lower level of viability is not an easy task. The necessary qualifications encompass highly sophisticated clinical skills and knowledge of the ill newborn infant. However, a family-centered approach, empathy and well developed communicative skills are equally important. Taking well-balanced end-of-life decisions is part of the job, and health care professionals should also be experienced in moral and ethical decision making under austere conditions. 

ESN has – in collaboration with the ESPR - elaborated a Syllabus, Competency and Assessment Framework accredited by the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) with clearly defined standards of knowledge and skills required to practice Neonatology at a tertiary care level. These documents define minimum training requirements for the accreditation of neonatologists and aim at harmonising training in Neonatology in EUrope. 

ESN is also focused on the development of a European network of proficient tertiary care centers for Neonatology. There are significant variations in different countries concerning the form and duration of the training, as well as the processes for accrediting training centers and monitoring the quality of training. Recommendations for the institutions in which training should take place are therefore another focus area of ESN.

ESN aims at being the voice of neonatologists and neonatal trainees allover Europe, improving the quality of care for severely ill newborn infants and supporting European contribution to international scientific progress in the field of Neonatology. 

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European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (ESPA)


The European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (ESPA) is a young society established in 2009 with members from most European countries. The ESPA aims to provide a variety of services to anaesthesiologists involved in paediatric anaesthesia, including coordination the organisation of an annual international congress on paediatric anaesthesia by local organisations, establishing guidelines on the training, organisation and practice of paediatric anaesthesia and acting as a centre of expertise for paediatric anaesthesiology. More information can be found at:
The ESPA is managed by an Executive Board, with officers and members. The members of the Executive Board are as follows: Neil Morton (Current President), Ehrenfried Schindler (Vice President/President-Elect), Torsten Lauritsen (Honorary Secretary), Michael Brackhahn (Honorary Treasurer), Riku Aantaa (Chairman of Educational Committee), Tom Hansen (Chairman of Scientific Committee), Per-Arne Lönnqvist (Chairman of the Pain Committee), Marzena Zielinska, Maria Vittinghoff, Pervin Sutas Bozkurt.
For an overview of our recent activities, please consult the President’s Report 2013/2014 [link to the President's Repor​t 2013/2014]. 



European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) ​


The European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) is a non-profit making scientific organisation with an aim to promote and foster the concept, the philosophy and the art of Emergency Medicine throughout Europe. The main objective of EuSEM is to help and support European countries to implement the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Born as a society of individuals in 1994 from a multidisciplinary group of experts in

Emergency Medicine, since 2005 EuSEM also incorporates national society members. There are currently 33 European national societies of Emergency Medicine.

Our mission is to:

Promote and develop research, education, practice and standards of the specialty of Emergency Medicine throughout Europe.

Our goals are to:

Foster and encourage education, training and research in Emergency Medicine in Europe to promote and facilitate the dissemination of information on Emergency Medicine, through congresses, courses, research and publications to encourage the development of uniform information systems and data banks in Emergency Medicine in Europe to encourage the formation and the cooperation between national associations for Emergency Medicine to promote international collaboration in the field of Emergency Medicine.​




The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and interactive network to represent the interests of preterm infants, ill newborns and their families. It gathers together parents, healthcare professionals and stakeholders from different disciplines with the common goal of improving long-term health of newborn and preterm children by ensuring the best possible prevention, treatment, care and support.

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