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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, Tampere and Maastricht, and will arrange the next conference in Milano in September 2019. 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 Berlin in October 2018 and again at the Council meeting in Milano in September 2019.
In addition, each year without a conference, FESN organises a Summer or Autumn School for PhD students, Postdoc and young clinicians. The next Autumn School will be held in Berlin in the first week of October 2018. For more information on the programme see: http://www.ewi-psy.fu-berlin.de/einrichtungen/arbeitsbereiche/allg_neuro/FENSAutmnSchool18. The application procedure for this school runs via the national societies.
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.
Another important initiative of the Council concerns the working relationships with our global partners, such as the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Neuropsicología (SLAN), the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) and the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI). Currently, the council is investigating the feasibility of a joint world congress.
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,
Edward de Haan