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The FESN was founded at its first official scientific conference in Edinburg in 2008. Since then, the Federation has developed a Constitution and a structure with bi-annual scientific conferences and regular Council meetings, where the European Neuropsychological Societies meet. In a historical perspective, this represents an important step for European Neuropsychology.
Since the meeting in Edinburg, the Federation has held successful scientific conferences in Amsterdam, Basel and Tampere and will arrange the next conference in Maastricht in September 2017. Thousands of individual members belong to the national neuropsychological societies and a major challenge is to make FESN relevant and important for this group, and to contribute to development of neuropsychology clinically and scientifically throughout Europe. The member societies have recently been asked to identify matters of importance and interest for the membership, and discussion of future priorities will be important at the Council meetings in Vienna in October 2016 and again at the Council meeting in Maastricht in September 2017.
One important task that the Neuropsychological societies will become involved in is the work of the Task Force on Clinical Neuropsychology, established the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA). The aims of the Task Force is to collect information on the current situation on the specialization training within Clinical Neuropsychology in the different countries of Europe, to collect information on the legal and professional status of Clinical Neuropsychologists in different European countries, and to make recommendations as how the specialization training in neuropsychology should be developed in the future.
If you, as an individual member of FESN have any views or input, please feel free to contact us.
On behalf of the FESN Management Committee,