SeENS was established by neurosurgeons from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2012. and registered in Zagreb, Croatia in November 2012. as a nonprofitable, non-political Society of neurosurgeons that are willing to act bona fide in order to achieve better communication and collaboration between neurosurgeons from SE part of Europe.
Upon establishment the invitation to other states of the region (Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey) was sent with a goal that neurosurgeons from all over the SE part of Europe actively participate in this Society. After intense meetings, followed by an constitution hall and three executive board meetings, the founding members finally met in Sarajevo. The Sarajevo Executive Committee meeting was organized on 7th June 2013 and this is where the South East European Neurosurgical Society took its first breathe as a fully-fledged, regulated and constituted scientific society. Wasting no time, the Executive committee meeting brought final shape to SeENS's Statute, the internal regulatory bodies and the Presidency have been formed and accepted, the Society's mission and vision have been committed to paper and the Executive committee welcomed in its final roster.
The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), the Central European Neurosurgical Society (CENS) and World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) have been informed about the establishment of the SeENS.
The Society have full support from the President of the EANS (Professor Vladimir Benes), President of the CENS (Professor Juraj Steno) and President Elect of the WFNS (Professor Yong-Kwang Tu).
Since the whole concept behind SeENS is the same as the governing principles driving EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies) and WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies), the newly formed SeENS immediately submitted it's applications for affiliation within these two world renowned institutions.
The SeENS Congress was officialy presented to the EANS and it is listed in the official EANS list of 2013.
As with all initiatives, the South East European Neurosurgical Society (SeENS) began as an Idea - an idea thoroughly engulfed in the pillars of knowledge, sharing, support and advancement through borderless collaboration. It is based in the basic human thirst for knowledge and betterment of oneself, as well as his/hers surroundings. In short, SeENS is all about the people it brings together.
Having all this in mind, and given the fact that we come from the Balkans (a rather turbulent area to live and work in, even in the best of times) we rather soon realized the importance of teamwork, support and sharing. For without any one of these three, chances are you won't make it in this place - and this is no understatement.
It was during two congresses of Croatia's Neurosurgical Society, in 2008 (Dubrovnik) and 2011 (Opatija), that the idea and need for a unified Southeast European Neurosurgical Society was made clear. The society, as a governing body, was to unite the whole region and promote the values of the EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies) and WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies).