History of ESPN

The European Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN) was funded in 1967 and this represented a true milestone for Pediatric Nephrology in Europe.  Presently  about 2,000 doctors are estimated to be involved at different extent in the care of children with renal disease all over Europe, working in interactive communication through personal contacts and groups with peculiar activities. This process is highly facilitated by the annual ESPN Congress, which has more than 500 attendees and the ESPN network which has been recently greatly expanded.  One third of the whole group of European Pediatric Nephrologists works in to 200 specialized centers in tertiary care hospitals, while about two thirds work in secondary pediatric care and have developed a particular interest and skill in the most frequent renal diseases. Pediatric Nephrology  has experts in each European Country.

Paediatric Nephrology in Europe - Fifty years of Hope

In 1967, 36 paediatric nephrologists from 22 countries gathered in Glasgow, Scotland to share outcomes, innovations and to collaborate to fight kidney diseases in children. Today, there are over 1500 paediatric nephrologists in Europe.

2017 was the 50th anniversary of that first meeting of the ESPN. Paediatric nephrology friends and colleagues came together again in Glasgow. Our community celebrated its tremendous scientific advances and human journey by creating an oral video archive from our early pioneers. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

The full archive is available to view on: www.youtube.com/c/ESPNhistory

A report of its creation has been published: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2018-315308 

The oral history archive is not closed, we welcome further videos of our early pioneers. Contact yincent1@gmail.com to contribute.


ESPN 2011 Dubrovnik, Croatia

14-17 September 2011

President of Congress: Dr. Danica BATINIC  (Croatia)
President of Scientific Committee: Dr. Yaacov FRISHBERG (Israel)

Scientific Program

ESPN 2012 Krakow , Poland

6-8 September 2012

President of Congress: Dr. Jacek A. PIETRZYK (Poland)
President of Scientific Committee: Dr. Francesco EMMA (Italy)

Scientific Program


ESPN 2014 Porto , Portugal

18-20 September 2014

President of Congress: Dr. Alberto Afonso CALDAS (Portugal)
President of Scientific Committee: Dr. Ryszard GRENDA (Poland)

Scientific Program


ESPN 2015 Brussels , Belgium

3-5 September 2015

President of Congress: Dr. Johan Vande Walle (Belgium)
President of Scientific Committee: Dr. Elena Levtchenko (Belgium)

Scientific Program


ESPN 2017 Glasgow, Scotland

6-9 September 2017

President of Congress: Dr. Heather Maxwell (Scotland)
President of Scientific Committee: 
Dr. Richard Coward (United Kingdom)

Scientific Program

  •  The aim of the Society is to promote research knowledge of paediatric nephrology through teaching, scientific meetings and other methods, for the benefit of children with renal disease.

  •  World Kidney Day activities in ESPN Centres

  • ESPN Research Grant 2014 ; the call is closed & the results were announced at ESPN General Assembly Meeting in Porto.

  • If you wish to join the PEDNEPH forum then e mail your details to pedneph-request@lists.uchicago.edu

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