March 2014

Published in ESRS Newsletter March 2018


Dear ESRS and ANSS members, Dear Colleagues and Friends,

One year ago at this same period, I was telling you that if the few months following our traditional ESRS congress were once upon a time a quiet period, the content of the March 2013 newsletter’s edition clearly demonstrated how the ESRS teams are working hard to the benefit of our society. Approaching now the 2014 edition of our biannual congress, I am sure that this March 2014 edition will convince you even more that we are working harder than ever, not only to make the Tallinn meeting a big success, but also to make your sleep society worth your confidence by improving its actions and efficiency!

But first of all, let us welcome our 44 newly accepted members, listed at the end of this newsletter. Many thanks for joining us in the ESRS community! You will soon be joined by the more than 80 sleep scientists who also recently applied for ESRS membership. As explained previously, applicants' names are published in the members-restricted section of the ESRS website (please login to view the list at ), and they will become automatically ESRS members two months after publication unless an objection is raised by ESRS members.

It is also a renewed pleasure to congratulate the recipients of the ESRS Travel Grants 2014 (to view their names click here), a continued initiative of the ESRS Research Networking Committee (RNC). We have received many candidatures this year, demonstrating the success of the operation. The RNC and the Scientific Committee (SC) have closely collaborated to select the successful recipients amongst a series of excellent applications, and our only regret is not having been able to support more of them. Besides, the RNC continues working hard to develop opportunities to promote sleep research and interactions between sleep researchers in Europe. In this respect, I am especially pleased to announce the launch of an ESRS Young Researchers Network in Tallinn, a novel initiative coordinated by the RNC and our Icelandic member Erna Sif Arnardottir.

Preparations are now accelerating for our next ESRS meeting to be held in Tallinn, September 16-20th. It is now the right time to start submitting your best studies as the deadline for abstract submission is April 23th. As usual, the Scientific Committee will review and rate all abstracts for the oral and poster communication sessions, which will be published in a supplement of the Journal of Sleep Research. And if you are still a young scientist, you have a chance to see your work selected for presentation in the opening session of the congress during our prestigious Young Scientist Symposium, so do not hesitate to apply! Importantly, we have also decided to give a quick review to the poster sessions, which will now be held at the end of the day after the oral sessions. This will avoid any concurrent activities and make for a good preparation for lively discussions over dinner in the evening. I can also promise some nice surprises to make these poster sessions a truly pleasant and fruitful moment for scientific interactions!

To further stimulate your appetite, the scientific program of the congress is now available on the congress website ( ). I am very proud to tell that we have an excellent and well-balanced selection of symposia, thanks to the work of the Scientific and Organizing Committees, and four outstanding and stimulating Keynote speakers with Professors Richard Morris, Allison Harvey, Jim Krueger and Jan Hedner. Also, do not forget our Teaching courses on September 16th, which will cover a wide variety of clinical and basic domains including updates on sleep medicine, pharmacology of the sleep-wake cycle and drug development, CBT-I across the life span, circadian and homeostatic regulation of sleep, and the spectrum of current therapies in sleep disordered breathing.  

And finally, Tallinn will witness the organization of the first regular examination for European somnologists. This examination is directed to physicians, psychologists and scientists who are willing to receive the ESRS European certification in sleep medicine. Furthermore, we are organizing the first grandparents’ certification in sleep medicine for sleep technologists, in cooperation with the European Sleep Technologist Association. Like the 122 sleep specialists who have obtained the ESRS grandfather certification in sleep medicine, these grandparent sleep technologists are expected to take the lead in the development of sleep medicine technology in Europe, and we are looking forward to welcome them. For those two examinations, be aware that the deadline for submitting your application is April 3rd, so take your chance now!

Hence, there are many reasons for you to come to Tallinn and be part of the best meeting to hear about the last advances and share experiences in sleep research and sleep medicine in a friendly atmosphere. And in the meantime, you are also welcome to join us July 4th in Milan for the ESRS satellite meeting "Understanding Sleep: Novel Perspectives in Neurosciences", organized at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience (click here).

You will find also in this newsletter updates about the other meetings organized by the ESRS, and of course about the numerous activities conducted by the ESRS Committees and networks.

I wish you a pleasant reading of this 2013 March newsletter. Sleep well and live well, we are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Philippe Peigneux
ESRS President