2016, 16th European Congress of Neurosurgery


An amazing success lies in the fact that Athens was chosen to host the 16th European Congress of Neurosurgery in 2016, following a successful bid by the Hellenic Neurosurgical Society (HNS) at the presentation of the candidate cities, during the 14th European Congress of Neurosurgery that took place on 13 October 2011 in Rome.

The organization of a congress of such calibre in a Greek city – approximately 2500 delegates are expected to attend – will underline its dynamic presence on the convention scene, contribute to promoting its tourism potential and provide actual support to the Greek economy.

Other candidate cities also participating in the bid for the congress included Geneva and Tel Aviv, with Athens finally prevailing. The Congress, that will be taking place for the first time in Greece and South East Europe in general, aims to promote the networking of neurosurgeons in Europe, and the exchange of knowledge among the neurosurgical communities of Europe.

The bid committee for the Congress consists of the Chairman, Prof. Panayiotis Selviaridis and the President of the HNS, Prof. Ioannis Patsalas, who were supported throughout the preparation phase by ARTION Conferences & Events (PCO), which put together the bid proposal and coordinated all the processes required to ensure a complete, flawless presentation, starting in 2007.

“We are particularly pleased that the Neurosurgeons of Europe have entrusted us with the organization of the Congress of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), particularly during this difficult period for our country”, stated Prof. Panayiotis Selviaridis, Chairman of the bid committee for the Congress.

“The organization of the 16th European Congress of Neurosurgery in Athens is a unique opportunity to promote the Greek neurosurgical community abroad”, noted Prof. Ioannis Patsalas, President of the HNS.

“Such a successful outcome, which promotes convention tourism in our country, is of utmost importance, particularly at a time when Greece is “eager” to highlight its convention tourism potential abroad. “Good things can only be achieved with great effort”, as the ancient Greeks used to say, and after a lot of hard work over a number of years, against very strong competitors, we have managed, despite the current situation, to promote Athens in the best possible way and undertake the organization of the Congress in 2016”, stated Ms. Despoina Amarantidou, Communication Manager at Artion Conferences & Events.

The bid by the Hellenic Neurosurgical Society was supported by the City of Athens and the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau.