The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery was founded in 1972, bringing together neurosurgeons interested in Pediatric Neurosurgery from all over the world. The Mission of the ISPN is to improve the health and welfare of children requiring neurosurgical care throughout the world by scientific research and close international cooperation irrespective of class, color, creed or economic condition. At present, there are 350 active members from more than 40 countries.
The Society hosts an annual scientific meeting in a different location of the world, in addition to organizing regular international educational events. The official Journal of the Society is Child's Nervous System, and Members of the ISPN can access the Journal electronically and will receive a printed copy of the journal through the post. Membership of the Society entitles the member to access to the ISPN website and upon confirmation of receipt of annual dues, access will be granted by means of an individual username to the members’ area of the website.
Membership inquiries and applications will be directed to the Chairman of the Membership Committee, who can be contacted through the Officers Page of the website. A completed application form for membership should include a curriculum vitae and the contact details of two Active members of the Society (at least one of whom is from a different institution) from whom the applicant has obtained prior permission for them to be used as a referee. The applications of all candidates who request admission to the Society will be reviewed by the membership committee, approved by the Executive Board and then presented to the membership for ratification at the business meeting of the Annual Scientific meeting.
Active Membership shall be open to those neurosurgeons primarily interested in pediatric neurosurgery. Applicants for Active Membership are encouraged to present a scientific paper at one of the regular meetings of the Society, unless they have already gained wide recognition in the field of pediatric neurosurgery.
Individuals coming from The Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as specified by the Word Bank, will be able to apply for a reduced annual fee. This annual fee shall be adapted according to the annual report of the World Bank.
Candidate Membership is a temporary category of membership, which is open to neurosurgeons either still in training or recently graduated, who are in accordance with the purposes of the Society and who will participate in its activities. They may not vote. Candidate Members may not continue in this category for more than five years, but may at any time become Active Members upon recommendations of the Membership Committee and demonstration that they meet the conditions for Active membership.
Associate Membership shall be open to persons, who hold the degree of medical doctor, are in accordance with the purposes of the Society, and desire to participate in its activities, but do not fulfill the requirements for Active or Candidate Membership. They shall be active in related pediatric specialties (for example, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, endocrinology, ophthalmology, neonatology, radiology, or oncology). Applicants for Associate Membership are encouraged to present a scientific paper at one of the regular meetings of the Society.
Corresponding Members shall be individuals who are chosen because of their devotion and contributions to Pediatric Neurosurgery. Corresponding Members shall not be required to pay dues or attend meetings, but are entitled to be informed about the activities of the Society and to participate in the annual Business Meeting of the Society, may not vote and may not hold office.
At the age of 65, Active and Associate Members may be appointed to Senior Membership upon the written request of the member and with the approval of the Executive Board. All 3 of the following conditions must be fulfilled:
1. Over age 65 or retired from active neurosurgical practice
2. Fully up to date with membership dues
3. Continuous membership in the ISPN over the past 10 consecutive years before requesting this change of status.
Senior Members shall not be required to pay dues nor attend Annual Meetings of the Society. Senior Members may attend the Annual Meeting of the Society, annual Business meeting of the Society, may vote and may hold only the office of historian. When an Associate Member passes to the Senior category, he or she assumes the title of Associate Senior Member. His/her privileges will be in accordance with those of Associate Members, not Senior Members. Thus, such members may attend the Annual Meeting of the Society, but may not attend the annual Business Meeting of the Society, may not vote and may not hold office. On payment of the appropriate fee Senior members may continue to receive copies of Child’s Nervous System.
An individual who has made an outstanding contribution to pediatric neurosurgery may be elected as an Honorary Member, upon unanimous vote by the Executive Board and after the written request of ten or more Active Members of the Society. The ballot for the election shall be held at the Business Meeting of the Society. Affirmative vote of three quarters of those present shall be required for election. Honorary Members shall not be required to pay dues nor attend Annual Meetings of the Society. Honorary Members may attend Annual Meetings of the Society, but may not attend the annual Business Meeting of the Society, may not vote and may not hold office. Honorary Members shall be able to participate in other activities of the Society and may be members of Standing or Special Committees.
Active, Candidate, Associate, Corresponding, Senior and Honorary Members may participate in the activities of the Society and may be members of standing or special committees. Only Active and Senior members shall have the right to vote at the Business Meetings of the Society. Only Active Members may be elected to the Executive Board or be Chairman of Standing Committees.
Membership shall be terminated by resignation, removal from the roll, expulsion, change of professional standing or lack of participation in the Society.