Sun, Jun 20, 2021

FESN - Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology


The Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (FESN) was officially launched in Edinburgh, UK, in September 2008. However, preparatory meetings had been held in Modena, Italy, (2004) and Toulouse, France, (2006). The logo of the Federation is based on the European Flag. It consists of a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background encircling the acronym of the Federation “FESN”.  The European flag was designed by Arsène Heitz and Paul Lévy in 1955 and is currently used as the emblem of the European Union. The number of stars does not indicate numbers of members, rather number twelve is used to represents completeness whereas the circle represents unity. Therefore, the number of stars, also for our federation will not vary according to the number of parteking national societies.

At odds with other societies or federations, FESN membership is automatically open to any person who is a member of European Societies of Neuropsychology which partakes in the Federation. That is members of each national society of neuropsychology is by deafault a member of FESN. Since FESN currently encopasses 15 partaking national societies (and several others are pending), FESN is a body with several thousands members. 

  • President: Erik Hessen, Norway

  • President-Elect: Edward de Haan, Netherlands

  • Past-president: Stefano Cappa, Italy

  • Secretary: Mervi Jehkonen, Finland

  • Treasurer: Thomas Bodner, Austria


The objectives of the federation shall be the furtherance of scientific and professional issues within the field of neuropsychology including cognitive neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology, behavioural neurology, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Such objectives shall be pursued by holding periodical scientific meetings and such other activities as may be deemed appropriate. Pertaining to the scientific issues, the federation will hold periodical scientific meetings, stimulate, encourage and help to develop European programmes of clinical and experimental neuropsychological research. Related to professional issues, the federation will stimulate, encourage and help to develop programmes of pre- and postgraduate training, and activities such as continuing education, and standards and guidelines of clinical practice.

Moreover, the Federation will stimulate, encourage and help develop European programmes of clinical and experimental neuropsychological research as well as pre- and postgraduate teaching and to put forward any instances related to Neuropsychology to the relevant political or bureaucratic bodies as the Council or the Business Meeting deem fit. The Federation may also engage in other activities which contribute to the advancement of neuropsychology and related topics within Europe and will liase with other relevant scientific and clinical bodies in planning and fostering such activities.