With the emergence of European sub-specialist organisations related to the world of ORL-HNS, such as the European Rhinological Society (ERS) in 1963 and the European Laryngological Society (ELS) as well as the European Academy of Otology and Neuro-otology (EAONO) in 1995, and following the Berlin Congress 2000, there has been a growing need to coordinate their activities.

This realization was the driving force behind forming the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (EAORL-HNS), to bring together all of the European sub-speciality organisations in collaboration with EUFOS and UEMS, to provide harmonisation and rationalisation of courses, congresses, instructional sessions and teaching programmes within Europe. In addition, the need to provide a framework for instruction of trainee otorhinolaryngologists at an affordable price was addressed.

Thus, the principles of the EAORL-HNS were agreed upon and the EAORL-HNS was formally founded in January 2005, at a meeting of the EUFOS Standing Committee of Training and Continuing Medical Education held at the ORL-HNS Department, University of Marburg, Germany.

One of the EAORL-HNS’s recent achievements was the scientific programme for the 6th European Congress of Oto- Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, which took place from 30 June to 4 July 2007 in Vienna, Austria. It was compiled and planned in close collaboration with the member societies and the three programme coordinators: Klaus Jahnke (Germany) for Otology-Neurootology, Jan Olofsson (Norway) for Head and Neck-Laryngology, and Heinz Stammberger (Austria) for Rhinology-Facial Plastic Surgery. With over 3,000 participants from 96 countries, the 6th EUFOS Congress proved to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

The Academy’s next project is the “1st European Academy ORL-HNS Meeting”, due to take place from 27–30 June, 2009 in Mannheim, Germany, which will over a great variety of Instructional Courses and state-of-the-art Round Tables. Congress President Karl Hörmann is working in close cooperation with an outstanding scientific committee to Wll the scientiWc programme with life in the months to come!

Currently, the EAORL-HNS has 15 affiliated member societies, a co-opted member society, namely the Mediterranean Society of Otology and Audiology (MSOA), and two partner societies, EUFOS and UEMS ORL Section.

In order to better acquaint the readers of this journal with the EAORL-HNS (www.eaorl-hns.org), its members and activities, each member society will be brieXy introduced in forthcoming issues.

The afilliated member societies are:

  • EAACI: European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology ENT-Section
  • EAFPS: European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • EASM: European Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • EAONO: European Academy of Otology & Neurootology
  • EFAS: European Federation of Audiological Societies
  • EGDG: European Study Group for Globus and Dysphagia
  • EGFL: European Study Group of Functional Surgery following Laryngectomy
  • EHNS: European Head and Neck Society
  • ELS: European Laryngological Society
  • ERS: European Rhinologic Society
  • ESBS: European Skull Base Society
  • ESGS: European Salivary Gland Society
  • ESPO: European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • PWG: Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors
  • UEP: Union of European Phoniatricians

Forty-nine countries are represented in the EAACI ENT-section, which is growing steadily and currently has more than 300 members.

The EAACI ENT-section works in close collaboration with GA²LEN, the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network, a consortium of leading European research centres specialized in allergic diseases, which includes asthma.

Some of the topics investigated are upper-lower airways interactions, viral infection and upper-lower airways hyper- reactivity, bacterial superantigens and non-allergic rhinitis, to name but a few.

A special task force is working on the European position paper (EPOS) on rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps, the current version is available for download at this link.

Another task force is currently investigating “Tools and methods in the diagnosis and investigation of rhinitis and rhinosinusitis”.

From 7–11 June, 2008 the XXVII Congress of the Euro- pean Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology will take place in Barcelona, Spain, dedicated to “Clinical Features of Allergy: from Pediatric to Geriatric”. Of special interest to Rhinologists is the Symposium on Experimental Rhinology and Immunology of the Nose ( SERIN ) to be held in Dubrovnik in November 2008.

To find out more about EAACI and the EAACI ENT section, please visit www.eaaci.net.

Formerly known as The Joseph Society and as the European Academy of Facial Surgery, the EAFPS was founded in 1977. Its objectives are to stimulate training, research and scientiWc advancement in the Weld of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Members are drawn from all interested specialities with expertise in facial surgery both within Europe and further aWeld, and currently number more than 700.

Each year high quality courses and meetings are convened by the Academy. There is a Fellowship Programme which places successful candidates in centres of excellence throughout Europe. Following this the Fellows sit the exam of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This is the only validated exam in facial plastic surgery anywhere in the world. The exam is reviewed annually and administered in accordance with “Standards for Education and Psychological Testing” prepared jointly by the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated to the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies.

The Annual Conference in the 31st Year of The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery will take place from September 24–28, 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Information on the EAFPS and its activities can be found at www.eafps.org, and the congress homepage at www.eafps-due2008.eu.

This article was first published in the 265/4 issue of the European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, website.