The European Society of Aerospace Medicine was founded in 2006 as an umbrella organisation in the field of Aerospace Medicine. As a pan-European, independent forum, it works to promote the safety and health of all persons involved in aviation and space operations , and to coordinate European aerospace medical interests across all national and organisational boundaries.
We aim to assist the various responsible bodies in the development and harmonisation of educational activities in aerospace medicine throughout Europe, and to develop continuous information flows and dialogue between the National Aeromedical Associations, and encourage the exchange of scientific results and experience. We strive to reach a consensus which can then contribute to the scientific evidence base which should be the foundation of aeromedical decision making.
The next scientific webinar to be held as part of the virtual ICAM 2021 webinar series will be hosted by the Francophone Society of Aerospace Medicine (SOFRAMAS) on 23 September (in French) and again on 30 September (in English) during 17:00 - 19:30 hrs (Paris time).
The topic is "Tropical diseases and overseas missions in aircrew : an update in 2021", which will make an interesting change from the COVID-related webinars that have been provided lately. We encourage you to support this event, which is free and does not require registration.
The full programme is at the foot of this message and more information, including ZOOM links, is available at:
Boothby-Edwards Award: Ries Simons
Established in memory of Walter M. Boothby, M.D., pioneer aviation medicine researcher, and Howard K. Edwards, M.D., clinical practitioner of aviation medicine, this award is presented annually for outstanding research and/or clinical practice directed at the promotion of health and prevention of disease in professional airline pilots. (The separate Boothby and Edwards Awards were given annually 1961–1973, and then alternately until 1985.) Sponsored by Harvey W. Watt and Company.
Ries Simons, M.D. is the 2021 recipient of the Boothby-Edwards Award for his wide-ranging contributions to the field of Aerospace Medicine. The award recognizes his research and efforts in preventing disease in professional pilots. His expertise and current research include: 1) medical and human factor aspects of aerospace medicine and working under extreme conditions; 2) effects of operational and environmental factors on health and performance of aviators and astronauts; 3) fatigue risk management for aircrew and military missions; 4) effects of alcohol, drugs, and medication on crew alertness and performance.
Dr. Simons is a consultant Aerospace Medicine and the cofounder of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI). After earning his M.D. degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, he was licensed to practice medicine in 1973. He worked as General Practitioner, Senior Resident Internal Medicine, and practiced several years as Medical Officer in Zambia and Chad. In 1985 he became Senior Research Physician at the National Aeromedical Institute, and since 2002 has worked as Medical Advisor at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).Read more
Dear colleagues, dear Member Associations of ESAM,
Voting for the new President-Elect is coming up very soon. We have one candidate, Dr Declan Maher from Ireland , so you can vote : YES , NO or ABSTENTION.
One voting slot will be given to each member association who has paid the membership fee, between 11 and 18 September midnight.
During the GA on Sunday 19 September starting at 14.00 , the result will be communicated.
Many thanks for your support to our Association!
The Nomination Committee of ESAM:
Roland Vermeiren (chair), Lilla Ungvary and Cristian Panait
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Pandemic has had massive impacts on all our lives in so many domains. As a family that always meet away, never at home, we have been restricted in our contacts and communications over the past 19 months.
We had planned a major venture with AsMA, IAASM and SOFAMAS for last September. Reality replaced it by a Zoom call. We will continue to work towards ICAM 2022.
We are seeing the sparks of re-ignition and movements to a new future. I believe that we need to be flexible and ready to adapt to the changes that will be required by the new normal. In that world we will need to re-establish relationships and contacts. If we learned nothing from the Pandemic, we learned that it is a very small world and that all regions are affected.
I have worked in various areas of aviation medicine over a long time and I hope that I can bring my experience and flexibility to help ESAM develop and grow from these very dark days. I see it as an opportunity to rebuild the relationships and interactions with the Member Associations of ESAM in the ethos of promoting flight safety for all.
I also hope to reach out to the representative Associations elsewhere in the world to develop relationships and co-operation in an attempt to enrich our experience of aerospace medicine to our mutual benefit.
Dear ESAM member associations,
The nomination period for President Elect is closed. We have one nominee, doctor Declan Maher from Ireland and the actual President. In the following weeks you will get practical info on the electronical voting process during 1 week before our virtual General Assembly on 19 September.
Many thanks for your support,
ESAM Nomination Committee
This was a lively and fruitful meeting, with discussions mainly centred at improving the communication with our member associations/societies and a...
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