The YNN is an initiative of the IFCN Education Committee whose objective is to develop a global network of young clinical neurophysiologists to promote the mission and goals of the IFCN.
We were delighted to organize several activities at the European Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (ECCN, EMEAC IFCN meeting) in May this year on behalf of the Young Neurophysiologists Network (YNN). We actively participated in the congress and helped to create a communicative atmosphere of exchange and networking for young colleagues.
Among our activities at the congress we would like highlight the following.
The prominent YNN booth served as a "hub" for young colleagues during the Congress. The booth tremendously increased YNN's visibility helped promote our activities throughout congress by providing a central space for exchange. Thanks in part to this, we were able to recruit several new members and Mentee applications for the newly established EMEAC Mentorship programme.
In this newly introduced format, experienced professionals met young colleagues for informal discussions, answering questions and offering advice. In total, we held a total of eight events with more than ten speakers, including IFCN Executive Committee members during breaks at the YNN booth. The topics covered the basics about the purpuse and structure of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, the standars of journal editing to ensure the highest qualified manuscripts, the IFCN Mentorship programme, and details of neurophysiology training in the USA.
In order to provide young colleagues with an insight into the local clinical and scientific landscape, we will aim to organize clinic and laboratory visits at each conference. At the ECCN, we have visited the epileptology monitoring unit (video-EEG and SEEG) and the MEG unit at the Hopsital Timone of the University of Marseille. Since both neurophysiological methods are not available in every center, many young colleagues were able to get an in-depth insight into the daily work of a state-of-the-art epileptology department.
Our special thanks go to the young neurophysiologists from Marseille: Nada El Youssef and Stanislas Lagarde for their kind reception and organization.
We would like to express our appreciation to the EMEAC-IFCN chapter, especially Prof. Hatice Tankisi and Prof. Anita Kamondi, for their kind support.
The next on-site activities are planned for the upcoming International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (ICCN) in Jakarta 2024.
Ricardo Kienitz, YNN President
Orsolya Gyorfi, YNN Secretary