There are two constrains in each individual’s intellectual existence. The first, smaller one, is a limited personal capacity of talents, memory and reasoning. The bigger one is related to individual's social surrounding, which determines the ability to communicate, the degree to which our ideas will be accepted, mutual understanding and the extent of fertilization in mutual reasoning.
Curiosity and craving for knowledge makes us beat against the bars of our cages, bend them outwards, seek novelty and connect fragments into new pieces of knowledge. That‘s why we eagerly read, observe, attempt to formulate and re-phrase our definitions. Quite a demanding work! When eyelids are falling down and the night is advanced, we’re questioning ourselfs whether we’ll be able to manage the next day’s routine? Yet with the break of day we are here again, refreshed, more clever to navigate our ideas through better distinguished roads. In fact only as far, as they would be accepted at least by someone. Often we encounter lack of interest, ignorance or even protests. Someone may say: „Your work has been in vain, it’s not within our grasp! Moreover, your ideas are causing chaos to our existing orders! You may cry out as much as you want to, no-one will be listening?"
Both confines, the first one personal and the second one social, are heavy barriers to our pursuits.But there are some exceptional places in the world, where ideas are welcome and where outer harmony helps to dispel the clouds. Mutual understanding allows to promote individual endeavours, making people better and more useful, and making groups and corporations more successful. Such was my lucky life among my fellows neurologists in general and such was my spiritual connection with the EFNS in particular. It was indeed a wonderful experience!
I had the privilege to spend 2 years as assistent of our then General secretary Eberhard Deisenhammer, 4 years as a General secretary myself and 4 years as a Vice-president. In these roles I have experienced a tremendous advancement of the EFNS from in fact only an idea to the today flourishing society, brimming over the frontiers of Europe. The preparatory attempts of Daniel Bartko in the late eighties were skillfully brought to an official establishment of the EFNS by Franz Gerstenbrand and his collaborators. The development in the nineties was marked by great enthusiasm of our management committee. Unable to list the great names of our EFNS protagonists (see committees), their far reaching estimation of the future and their different personal sorts of providence, I must mention at least the amalgamating nobleness of Uschi Tschabitscher. She was a special spirit making our meetings and communications an extremely friendly and encouraging opportunity. It was also mainly with her that we have developped a lot of details to our common target of bridging the western and the eastern European neurology.
I was especially fortunate to be endowed by a long life period among fellows neurologists and leading personalities of European neurology. It was a nice experience to recognize also future leading personalities "in spe“ – those young colleagues who were eagerly stretching their hands for the opportunities which this special society has been emanating. Those ones, who have appreciated this way of enriching mutually each other. I am grateful to Prof. Franz Gerstenbrand who has opened me the doors to the EFNS and to Magda Dohnalová and her husband whose everlasting dilligence have born so much of the freight giving wings to our endeavours
|Pavel Kalvach, Czech Republic|
|Assistant Secretary General:
Management Committee: 1997-1999
Council of Delegates: 1997 Prague, Delegate
Council of Delegates: 1998 Seville, Delegate
Council of Delegates: 1999 Lisbon, Delegate
Management Committee: 1999-2001, Secretary General
Management Committee: 2001-2003, Secretary General
Management Committee: 2003-2005, Vice President
Management Committee: 2005-2007, Vice President