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The Sense and Sensibility of SeENS in Sarajevo 2015: Building Bridges of Knowledge and Understanding
19 October 2015 (online)
When we established the South East Europe Neurosurgical Society (SeENS) in 2012, we had a clear sense of purpose—to improve neurosurgical care, training, and research in Southeast Europe by promoting expertise exchange and cooperation among neurosurgeons in the region. Working toward that goal over the past 3 years has been a highly enriching and truly rewarding experience, and today we can be proud to have confirmed the old wisdom: when there is a will, there is a way.
The Second SeENS Congress in Sarajevo in 2015 builds on and expands the success and momentum of our previous activities, whose dynamics and intensity goes far beyond the short time span in which they took place—in particular, the First SeENS Congress in Belgrade in 2013, followed by a series of 15 scientific symposia organized in cooperation with eminent host institutions in 8 countries across Southeast Europe, the affiliate membership of SeENS in the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), and the official partnership of SeENS with the Journal of Neurological Surgery. All of these activities have brought us the fruit of rich academic, scientific, educational, professional, and social networking, which we cherish and seek to develop further.
In line with the sense and sensibility of SeENS, the Second SeENS Congress in Sarajevo 2015, with over 100 contributions whose abstracts are presented in this Supplement, builds new bridges of knowledge and understanding across disciplines, institutions, individuals, and generations, and gives us a clear sense of the multifacetedness and vitality of the work going on in the field today.
We are grateful to the Congress Organizing Committee and to all the colleagues who contributed to the Second SeENS Congress in Sarajevo 2015—it is this kind of academic, professional, and interpersonal caring and sharing that invigorates SeENS's quest for a better neurosurgery of tomorrow.