May 20-25, 2024 - Sibiu, Romania
May 11-14, 2025 - London
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
beyond being a great pleasure it is an incredible honor for me to serve as President of the ESPN for the next two years.
Two are in my mind the features that have, since the beginning of its history, made the ESPN a light to watch to in the continental pediatric neurosurgical community. First is its pioneer role in postgraduate education of new generations, a continuous success in the now more than 50 years history of the Society; second are the principles that guide its central core , the Executive Board, whose constant common willingness to work as a group with the same passion, instead of favouring the enlightening of single members, has allowed to reach a team guided progress in our speciality, testified for example by the always cited ESPN surveys and guidelines, the up do date roadmap which gives to every member the way, to be part of a united family.
It is exactly two months today, the unacceptable aggression of Ucraine Country and people from the Russian government has started. By chance this coincide with the catholic ortodox Easter day, a day of celebration of purity and purification of our soul , peace , fraternity.
It is hypocrit at least to celebrate this religious occasion in the church in whatever safe place in Russia and on the other side continue a war action which , inevitably, as expected, continues to make hundreds of innocent victims, civilians, and my mind goes back in particular to children, who have no fault, whose only thinking should be in a day, like today to embrace their parents, their family members, play with their friends.
Today is a day of pray, and as a christian my strongest pray is that no formal false happiness should cover any face, only sadness and the sight toward a change that can only signify the end of what we continue to look at, and the only light everyone in the world would want to see, the one of peace.
ESPN President 2021-2023