I cannot start this statement on my 2-year term (2018-2020) as President of the European Neuroendocrine Association without thanking a number of people who have been pivotal in the good functioning of our Society during this period. I took over from Alberto Pereira after the Wroclaw meeting in October 2018. Alberto had done a tremendous job as President over his two-year term and had paved the way for many of the accomplishments that occurred in the following years. I have tried to prolong his efforts and those of the previous team including Marily Theodoropoulou, as will be briefly detailed below. In this task, I have been helped with an extremely reliable efficacy and outstanding availability by Maria Chiara Zatelli as Secretary General of the Society; I wish to extend to her my warmest thanks for her support and exceptional resourcefulness. A special thank also to our Treasurer Patrick Petrossians who has been instrumental in maintaining transparency and reliability in all ENEA budgets and was also extremely helpful in solving several other challenges such as those regarding social networks, or more generally Internet- or computer-based issues. It was also comfortable to have the discrete but indefectible support and valuable input of Ilan Shimon, our President elect to whom I am proud to hand over the task as President at the end of the Porto meeting. Talking about the future, it is very reassuring to see that our young members’ group, the EYRC -very efficiently represented in our Executive Committee (ExCo) by Luis Perez Rivas and supported by the EYRC coordinator Manuel Gahete – has been so active over these years and still has a number of projects, which allows to be optimistic for the perspectives of our Society in the years to come. Finally I would like to thank all the members of the ExCo for their excellent input and always constructive contribution. Last but not least I would like to extend my thanks to Martin Then and Endoscience for making the logistics of the Society work as smoothly as possible and to our new communication partner, AOS, especially Christelle Usseglio and Marie Tessanne, for helping us to better showcase the image of the ENEA.
I also would like to wish great success to the new ExCo, which will be partly renewed, with a new President, Ilan Shimon, a new President-elect, Albert Beckers, 3 incoming members that were just elected, Niki Karavitaki (UK), Andrea Isidori (Italy) and Gerald Raverot (France). Congratulations to each of them for their election! Finally, I extend all my very best wishes to ENEA for exciting future developments and for always better serving the needs and aspirations of both basic and clinical neuroendocrinologists across Europe and beyond. Thank you.
Marseille, November 26th 2020.
The summary of the activities of the ExCo I had the honor to chair over these past 2 years is accessible on the new ENEA website, including:
- The ENEA 2019 Athens Workshop
- The ENEA 2020 Porto meeting
- Next meetings and workshops
- the ENEA Post-graduate course in Uzbekistan
- The Rolf Gaillard Prize
- ENEA elections
- ENEA studies
- Consensus meetings
- Issue of the Society’s Journal
- New communication partner for the Society
- Links with other societies