Published in ESRS Newsletter November 2016
I am very pleased and honoured to be writing this first message as President of the Society. I thank all members who supported my nomination and promise to work hard to promote our Society in all relevant areas of interest. I have inherited a successful and thriving society from Philippe Peigneux and take this opportunity to thank him for all his efforts over the past 4 years. The recent ESRS congress in Bologna was a huge success and broke all previous records for attendance and abstract submissions.
As indicated to those members present at the business meeting in Bologna, I have identified several priority areas for action during the next two years.
- The development of a regular ESRS Sleep Science School will provide high level opportunities to explore basic topics relating to sleep science. The first school is planned for next autumn and hopefully will become a regular event during the year in between the bi-annual congress.
- A major re-design of the ESRS website is planned, which is intended to provide the opportunity for web-based interactive educational and other relevant professional and scientific content. The objective is to establish the ESRS website as the central focus of Society-related activities and to offer services to members that will make the Society more attractive to existing and potential new members. A web sub-group has been established that includes representation from all relevant ESRS Committees and the ANSS, and a web co-ordinator will be appointed from within the society membership. The ESRS member appointed to this honorary position will be given the responsibility to lead the re-design of the webpage together with the web committee, and interested ESRS members are invited to contact the secretary for further details of this new position. The actual web re-design will require professional input, which will require financial support from the Society.
- The existing close relationship with ANSS represents a major strength and offers further potential for development, particularly in the areas of European recommendations and consensus statements. ESRS is presently exploring with ANSS the possibility of joint membership opportunities that could offer several options for ESRS membership at a reduced cost. Joint membership will hopefully become a more attractive proposition in the context of an improved and expanded ESRS website.
We live in interesting times with major changes underway in several areas of national and international politics, and in the global organization of sleep medicine. These changes provide significant challenges but also opportunities. I look forward to working with the Board to further enhance the position of ESRS as the principal voice of sleep medicine and science in Europe, and also as a leading influence in global sleep medicine.
I wish all members and their families a peaceful Christmas and holiday season, in addition to a happy and successful 2017.