Subspecialty Societies Group

(formerly European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery)

European Academy of
Allergy and Clinical Immunology ENT Section


Within the EAACI, Sections, Interest Groups and Junior Members are structural units that facilitate various Academy functions and activities.

The EAACI Sections, represent an area of clinical interest such as Dermatology, Asthma and Pediatrics, with the aim to advise members and promote further understanding on the relevant scientific area. The Interest Groups represent an area of general interest within allergology that is not well covered by any one of the EAACI Sections. Junior Members are all EAACI members who are aged 35 years or less and are entitled to special benefits within the EAACI organisation as well as concessions to Congresses and annual Meetings.

All EAACI members are welcome to sign up as a member, with a voting right, in one of the Sections or Interest Groups. However, as an EAACI member, you are welcome to take part in the activities of as many Sections as you like.

European Academy of
Facial Plastic Surgery


The European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (formerly known as The Joseph Society and as the European Academy of Facial Surgery) was founded in 1977. Its objectives are to stimulate training, research and scientific advancement in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Membership is drawn from all interested specialities with expertise in facial surgery both within Europe and further afield. The official language of the Academy is English.

The Academy has been involved with the European Community in identifying Facial Plastic Surgery as a discrete entity and is active in promoting appropriate training schemes for trainees in the specialty of facial plastic surgery. The Academy aims to stimulate a high standard of facial plastic surgery within Europe through a certification process. There are almost 700 members and membership continues to grow. 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.

With kindest regards,
yours sincerely,

Prof. Gilbert J. Nolst Trenité. MD PhD

European Academy of
Sleep Medicine


The European Academy of Sleep Medicine (EASM) is a non-profit society, which is dedicated to impart knowledge concerning the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders among physicians of all specialties involved in sleep medicine.

The EASM was founded in November 2005 in Mannheim in the middle of Germany. Our goals will be achieved by offering training courses, organising conferences and building networks between universities and private practices as well as between inpatient and ambulant patient care.

European Academy of
Otology & Neuro Otology


The purposes of the European Academy of Otology and Neuro-Otology shall be to:

  • bring together groups and/or experts in otology, neuro-otology or skull base surgery from all over Europe,
  • exchange and disseminate information about the anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical and surgical management of the ear, sensorineural systems of audition and equilibrium, trigeminal, facial, lower cranial nerves and related disorders as well as disorders of the nose, sinuses and pharynx related to skull base, all of which requiring special knowledge border on ORL and skull base,
  • stimulate basic and clinical research relating to these systems and disorders,
  • encourage education, high quality training programme,
  • encourage exchange visits between members and international exchange through obtaining grants for research study abroad,
  • encourage exchanges of knowledge and stimulate associated membership from other specialties,
  • promote new technologies in otology, neuro-otology and skull base surgery,
  • support the foundation of a European associated section working group called "Neuro-Otology" inside the speciality otorhinolaryngology/cervico-facial surgery following the charter on training of medical specialists in the European community.

European Federation of
Audiological Societies


This is an international survey on the history and present state of the European Federation of Audiology Societies.

EFAS was founded at a European meeting on Audiology hosted by the British Society of Audiology in Cambridge U.K. September 1992. EFAS is a non-profit organisation formed as a Federation for National Audiology Societies in Europe.

Audiology is concerned with the science of hearing and the alleviation of defects of hearing and balance. The aims of EFAS are set out in the bylaws European meetings are held every two years in different countries, and various projects are arranged to further audiology, its practice and teaching throughout the member countries. Over 30 different countries participate and a general assembly is held each year for country representatives.

European Study Group for
Functional Surgery Following Laryngectomy


The European Study Group for Rehabilitation and Functional Surgery following Laryngectomy (EGFL) was founded in 1991 with the aims at:

  • reinforcement (by wider dissemination of information) of European potentialities in research on rehabilitation and functional surgery following laryngectomy;
  • encouraging European research and clinical networks; promotion of cultural and scientific exchanges at a European level between researchers in this field;
  • close cooperation with other relevant international and national organisations concerned with research on treatment of laryngeal cancer and rehabilitation strategies;

Another main activity is the creation of European research networks. This has led to the following European projects:

  • the PEGASUS project, the Biomed Concerted Action Project No. BMH1-CT94-1611. Goal of this study was to make an inventory of surgical and rehabilitati¬on strategies for cancers involving the la¬rynx, to categorise them and to make relations between cultural and socio-economical aspects and treatment modalities;
  • the Eureka-project 'Artificial Larynx' that was aimed at the development of an artificial larynx as reconstruction option;
  • the Eureka-project 'Newvoice' that aims at the development of a new set of prostheses and devices, like a voice-producing prosthesis, new prosthetic fixation methods and new, biofilm-resistant materials, to improve the rehabilitation process.

A new co-operation is started with ESEM, the European Society for Engineering and Medicine that was founded in 1992 and aims at establishing a platform of cooperation between medicine and engineering on a European basis.

EGFL organises a European conference each other year. The last was held in April 2005 in Groningen, The Netherlands. It is important to notice that before formal institution of EGFL, the same Group organized other five Congresses in Europe, the first one in Würzburg (Germany) in 1986. Those Meetings were named "International Congresses on Surgical and Prosthetic Rehabilitation after Laryngectomy" Since April 2005, Prof. Alberto Staffieri (Padova University, Italy) has been chosen as new EGFL President by our Group Board Members. The current members are listed above. 


Head & Neck Society


The EHNS is composed of

  • individual persons
  • national and multi-national societies
  • associated study groups oriented towards head and neck cancer research, training and treatment throughout Europe. Individuals from elsewhere in the world are also welcome to apply for membership.

EHNS activities

A European Conference on Head and Neck Oncology (ECHNO) will be organised regularly. Selection of the organising Society is decided by a vote of the Board after call for candidatures. The Board must ensure a fair geographic rotation throughout Europe for the organisation of these ECHNOs. The organising Society is responsible as regards the financing of the ECHNO. 

Laryngological Society


The European Laryngological Society (ELS) was founded with the objective of uniting European otorhinolaryngologists and promoting the study and treatment of diseases of the larynx.

The ELS, a non-political and non-profit society, pursues the following objectives:

  • to further the scientific development in the field of laryngology;
  • to widen the knowledge and to assess the practical implementation of technical and scientific developments in this field;
  • to encourage the development of the discipline in regard to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of any diseases of the larynx;
  • to promote and forster the professional skills of members;
  • to encourage continuing education of laryngologists through the organization of conventions, meetings, courses and workshops.
  • The association shall exclusively and directly pursue non-profit making aims in the meaning of the subparagraph of "tax-privileged object" of the German fiscal court. The association shall work disinterestedly, it shall not pursue any economic purposes for itself. Funds of the association shall only be made use of for purpose being in accordance with the constitution. No person may be favoured by expenses unknown to the object of the association laid down in the constitution or by extremely high benefits.

If the society's annual receipts exceed the annual expenses in any given year, the Presidential Council may by a majority vote, elect to distribute the surplus for such scientific or educational uses as the Presidential Council shall deem to be most consistent with the society's purposes; or it may, should it reasonably anticipate a need for operating surplus to meet future expenses, accumulate such surplus in an interest bearing account or otherwise.

Rhinologic Society


The European Rhinologic Society provides a forum for the exchange of experience among specialists, interested in rhinology, allergology, related facial plastic surgery and other fields. This goal is achieved by biannual congresses, held in cooperation with the International Symposium on Infection and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN), by accredited courses, fellowships and awards.

Skull Base Society


The society is a multidisci-plinary, scientific association of skull base sciences. It will devote itself to promote the free interchange of knowledge and experience between persons who are active in the fields of research, teaching, diagnosis and therapy of skull diseases within Europe. The purpose of the Society is to ensure the development and improvement of multidisciplinary centres. It will also evaluate and systematize current advances made by each of the skull base disciplines to benefit all patients with skull base disease.

The chief aims of the Society will be:

  • to hold scientific congresses.
  • to promote exchange visits between members.
  • to enhance postgraduate educatiom.
  • to collaborate in research projects and profesional matters.
  • to sponsor publications and
  • to act as a profesional advisory body to other groups as bell as with government agencies.

The Society is a non-profit assiciation and the funds of the Society shall be used only for the purposes of realising the intentions stated in the Statutes.

Salivary Gland Society


The Multidisciplinary Salivary Gland Society gathers specialists from Basic Sciences, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Immunology, Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Pathology, Radiology, all of them having a particular interest in Salivary Glands.

The purposes of the MSGS shall be to:

  • bring together experts or group of experts - clinicians and researchers - who have an interest in basic and clinical sciences, as well as diagnostic or therapeutic procedures related to the salivary glands;
  • exchange and disseminate knowledge and information about basic and clinical science pertinent to saliva, salivary glands, and related disorders;
  • stimulate basic and clinical research relating to saliva, salivary glands, and their disorders;
  • develop and promote new technologies to investigate and treat salivary gland diseases;
  • encourage education, development of high quality training programs, and exchange visits between members;
  • promote international collaborative studies and their financing through research grants;
  • promote collaboration with the International Salivary Gland Society;
  • support and cooperate with scientific and educational organizations in related fields, such as the European Academy of ORL-HNS, American Academy of ORL-HNS, etc... 

European Society of
Pediatric ORL


The European Society of Pediatric Otorinolaryngology (ESPO) aims to promote the quality of care of children with otorhinolaryngologic disorders within Europe.

ESPO was founded in 1994 and succeeded the European Working Group in Pediatric Otorinolaryngology (EWGPO). ESPO is a non-profit organisation, exclusivly involved in scientific, educational and charitable activities.

ESPO aims to promote the quality of care of children with otorhinolaryngologic disorders within Europe. Our ojectives are to ...

  • facilitate the dissemination of knowledge of otorhinolaryngologic disorders in children
  • advocate the cooperation between ESPO members in various countries
  • support clinical and basic research, and promote documentation of difficult cases
  • enhance scientific communication by organizing congresses and conferences
  • promote training programmes for otorhinolaryngologists with a specific interest in pediatric ORL diseases, and redefine standards of professional practice
  • establish links with other organizations concerned with the care for children with ORL disorders.

European Society for
Swallowing Disorders


The European Society for Swallowing Disorders is an association of and for health care providers working, doing research and studying in the field of dysphagia and swallowing disorders. The Society has been built on the former European Study Group for Dysphagia and Globus and is a formally registered, nonprofit, international association.

Members have free subscription to the quarterly journal Dysphagia (www.springerlink.com) and access to all articles on the journal website.

The Society also provides an annual congress in Europe (2011 congress); courses for different levels of professional expertise; a website, www.myessd.org, with information about the Society, future congresses, calendar of events, references, resources and links; and excellent opportunities to network with other individuals and societies in the field. The congress and journal give members the opportunity to present and publish their research.

The aims of the society are:

  • to promote care, education and research in swallowing physiology and swallowing disorders.
  • to formulate professional standards of practice and guidelines.
  • to associate health care professionals working in the field of normal and disordered swallowing, encouraging collaboration between them and providing a forum for the interchange of ideas and research.
  •  to contribute to the development of the field and the scientific and professional development of its members
  • to encourage clinical and basic research in all areas related to normal and disordered swallowing
  • to represent and promote the field to national and international authorities and societies and the European Union
  • to consolidate the society as the society for dysphagia and swallowing disorders in Europe.

Members have the right to vote and run for election to the Board, to be informed of the activities and decisions of the Society and to attend and participate in the courses and  congresses. Members must pay the annual membership fee and support the aims of the Society. All health care providers working, studying or doing research in the field are invited to join. The application form for membership is available on the website www.myessd.org.

European Junior Doctors


The Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors (PWG) was formally created in Bad-Nauheim, Germany, in May 1976. Since then, the PWG has become the European medical organisation with the most comprehensive national membership, representing the junior doctors of 23 European countries.

The PWG’s initial objectives include safeguarding the interests of the junior doctors in Europe, improving relations between its member organisations and narrowing the gap between the junior doctors of the European Union and those of other European countries. Over the past quarter of a century, the PWG has actively intervened in defence of the medical profession in Europe with the purpose of contributing to the development of junior doctors’ work and education and has had an important role as a background group for the organisations of junior doctors in countries preparing to join the European Union. From the beginning of the PWG’s existence, it became evident that the junior doctors of the various countries have many similar experiences and difficulties. Therefore, after pooling the information and exchanging ideas, the PWG was able to identify the main areas of interest to junior doctors in Europe.

From the beginning, the PWG has sought to develop productive relations with various European medical organisations and authorities. We have had formal relations with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CP) since 1983 and we were granted consultative status in the Council of Europe in 1986.

We also have good relations with the Regional Office of the World Health Organisation, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The PWG has regular meetings with the most important European medical and medical students’ organisations to coordinate activities and increase efficacy.

During the first 25 years of the PWG’s existence, it has organised numerous plenary Assemblies all over Europe and the rotation of meetings has ensured mutual understanding and the exchange of information. Many studies, papers and policy statements of interest to junior doctors were produced. Major areas of interest to junior doctors, and to the PWG, have been the status of the medical workforce, temporary migration for educational purposes, postgraduate training, continuing medical education, future medical work and working conditions.

The PWG is now a member of a group of institutions that speak with one voice and represent the medical profession in Europe.

We see the PWG as an increasingly influential and effective organisation defending the current and future interests of European Junior Doctors in these times of rapid change.

Union of the European

Mission Statement

Phoniatrics is the medical field of communication disorders covering voice, speech, language, hearing (especially in so far as hearing impairment has its effects on any of these areas), and swallowing disorders. Being a multidisciplinary specialty it is combining knowledge and competencies from a large number of medical and non-medical sciences, with otorhinolaryngology as its basis.

The Union of the European Phoniatricians (UEP) was founded in Belgrade, 1971, on the initiative of Peter Biesalski (Mainz, Germany), Dusan Cvejic (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Gerhard Kittel (Erlangen, Germany), and Oscar Schindler (Torino, Italy). Since 2011, UEP is in a phase of reorganisation with its new domicile in Helsinki, Finland. Currently, UEP unites 196 members from 31 nations, being represented by National UEP coordinators. As a part of the reorganisation process, the UEP founded the European Academy of Phoniatrics (EAP) as a suborganisation focussed on the professional education and training of medical doctors working in the phoniatric field.

The general purposes and activities of the UEP supported by EAP are to:

  • promote the medical, scientific and professional development of phoniatrics
  • be a platform for exchange of expert knowledge, clinical experience and scientific work in this area
  • promote the contact and cooperation among phoniatricians in Europe, its neighbouring countries and worldwide those countries who have put the European model of phoniatrics into practice
  • function as an umbrella for all phoniatric colleagues, giving information and advice in cases of professional problems
  • organise scientific and professional meetings and congresses
  • appoint committees for special purposes
  • maintain a website that puts out information for its members and for the general public
  • act as the representative of its members on medical and non-medical scientific and professional corporations and in public
  • cooperate with other medical and non-medical organisations especially with those active in the diverse aspects of otorhinolaryngology, speech and language, and music.

To support its activities, the Union may accept donations and bequests.

Membership of UEP
The membership of UEP encompasses: Physicians of European and extra-European countries active in phoniatrics and accepting the purposes of the Union.

Present activities
From 2nd to 5th of October, 2014, the 27th UEP Congress combined with the Annual Meeting of the Phoniatricians’ Section of the Russian Otolaryngological Society will be organised  in Moscow by the congress president docent Ekaterina Osipenko. The main topic will be “Phoniatrics – an interdisciplinary specialty”. For further information see www.uep2014.com.
European Academy of Phoniatrics (EAP)
On preparation and initiative of the UEP President Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen and with support of the UEP board, the national UEP coordinators, representatives of CEORL-HNS, EAORL-HNS, ORLUEMS and IAPA, UEP founded the European Academy of Phoniatrics (EAP). The foundation assembly was performed on 6th September 2013 in the RWTH Aachen University (Germany).
The EAP was founded as subsidiary of UEP with the purpose to have a phoniatric academy that supports the UEP in organising new multinational networks and to build up organisational structures and european quality standards on medical training and practise to endeavor the best phoniatric patient care.

In close cooperation with the ORL-section of the UEMS, and its EACCME committee, a main topic for EAP is the information about and the organisation of specific training programs and courses for physicians working in the phoniatric field covering the widespread spectrum of our specialty summarized in the UEMS-accredited phoniatric logbook. In respect of the diverging specialty distribution of phoniatrics ranging from several hundred specialists in one country to none in the other visiting and exchange programs shall be developed based on harmonised criteria of the organisational structure, equipment and staff competence of phoniatric training centers. On digital level, these training and exchange programs shall be supported by multimedial eLearning devices given as links by the EAP-homepage that is under construction at the moment.

For the professionals in and after training, a European Phoniatric Board Exam and Certification will be a futural goal.

All European and extra-European national phoniatric societies and organisations can become regular EAP members provided they recognise the definition of phoniatrics in the UEP by-laws. The academy gives a discount and a preferential access for UEP members participating in the diverse academy activities.

Present status
The judicial registration of EAP is already prepared in Helsinki, where UEP is registered. The by-laws of EAP are presented on the homepage www.phoniatrics.eu. EAP is yet in a phase of organisation but already in 2014 the first course will be planned.

For the boards of UEP and EAP:
Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen, President of UEP
Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube, President of EAP
Nasser Kotby, Representative of UEP members of extra-European countries

20th December 2013


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