Annual Report of the General Secretary

Statistics: in 2014, the UEP succeeded to grow – by April 2014 the 200th member was reached, and new honorary members were decorated.

The recent status is: 239 members from 35 countries and 4 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and South-America).

Regular members: 199
Members in education: 11
Retired members: 17
Honorary members: 12

Activities: UEMS ORL Meeting took place on 2th – 5th October in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There are marginal overlappings of logbooks with phoniatrics in laryngology, more overlap potential with children laryngology and otology. Phoniatrics was presented by Prof. Drsata and delegated by Prof. Neuschaefer-Rube. The new UEP board and the UEP scientific activity was presented (8 congresses with UEP organization / participation), education (logbook finished and published on UEP websites, European Manual of Medicine, public education), the founding of EAP was announced and the UEP promotion activities. The phoniatrics logbook on the UEP websites was valued as a good suggestion.

Further, the secretary represented the UEP at the IAPA Congress 2014 and monitored the program of the organizations dealing with similar fields of interest as that of the UEP (hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus).

Tasks: the update of the UEP homepage was provided by the UEP webmaster, Peter Matulat. We are looking for new ways to bring information about congresses and important scientific events to the UEP members. Contributions to the digital library have been accepted.

Ass. Prof. Jakub Drsata MD, PhD, Secretary of the Union of the European Phoniatricians, National UEP coordinator for Czechia, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

At present, we have 196 UEP members from 31 countries, therefrom:

  • 10 honorary members
  • 162 regular members
  • 7 members in education
  • 17 retired members.

One of the first tasks of the secretary will be to update the UEP homepage with the UEP webmaster, Peter Matulat, the UEP president and the co worker in the UEP office in Münster.

A further plan is to establish a digital library for UEP with e. g. monographs, books, dissertations publications, historical texts as soon as the judicial aspects of copyrights are clarified.

Jakub Drsata MD, PhD, Head of the Phoniatrics Section of the Czech Society of ORL-HNS, Secretary of UEP, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Further contacts with the Editor of Audiological Medicine (Prof. A. Martini), official Journal of the IAPA, have been established. As the issue dedicated to Phoniatrics, published in 2011, was appreciated, the possibility to further involved UEP members in the Board of the Journal and possible changes in the title of the Journal, including the term “Communication” or “Speech”, have been explored.

Contacts with the Japanese Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics took place in Osaka, during the local national congress. Possible collaborations between the two societies have been explored.

A larger involvement of the UEP in the IALP activities and in particular in the committee of Education in Phoniatrics have been discussed during several meetings with the IALP board.

The aim for the next two years is to develop Rules and Regulations of the UEP, supporting the existing By-Laws.

As. Prof. Antonio Schindler, University of Milan, General Secretary of the UEP,
Vice-President of the SIFEL, Board Member of the SIAF

The General Secretary of UEP, As. Professor Antonio Schindler, Milano, represented the UEP at the 1st congress of the European Confederation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, which took place in Barcelona (2-6 July 2011).

The European Conferderation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery was created as an umbrella society for two european organizations: the EUFOS (European Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Society), which is the federation of the national societies of ENT in Europe, and the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, which is the federation of European subspecialties of ENT (including Phoniatrics).

The UEP voted in the General Assemblies of both the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the European Confederation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery; the GAs have been dedicated mainly to the presentation and acceptance of the by-laws of the European Confederation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Besides, the president of the next European Confederation of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery congress, which will take place in Nice, 27-29 April 2013, Jacq Magnan, asked Antonio Schindler, to be the representative of the UEP in support of the congress organization. The two UEP members dedicated to this task have been decided by the UEP board in Lund and are Virginie Woisard and Felix De Jong, and their addresses have been given to Prof. Magnan.

Ass. Prof. Antonio Schindler, General Secretary of UEP, Vice-President of the Italian Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Board member of the Italian Society of Audiology and Phoniatrics, Milan, Italy