Your commitment as a member is of vital importance to our society, and we strongly count on your support to help us achieve our mission and vision to improve the standards of care for critically ill neonates and children throughout Europe.

During recent years ESPNIC has undertaken many positive developments, and we would like to thank the current Executive Committee members for their dedication and hard work in such difficult times, acknowledging the great contribution they are making to the development of ESPNIC. In times of uncertainty, all the different roles that articulate the backbone of our society are of extreme relevance, and the commitment of our elected representatives to be the voice of our members and our specialties is essential to continue thriving and developing.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Elections for President-elect (Medical and Nursing-Allied Health Professionals) and for ALL Section Chairs and Deputy Chairs. Any society member in good standing can apply to become the next President-elect and to become Chair or Deputy Chair of the sections for which they have voting rights. Members that apply for such positions should be willing to commit themselves to the tasks of the elected role, and to sustain reliable communication with ESPNIC Office, Executive Committee and other fellow members.

We would like to encourage all members to consider themselves for such positions, and to continue contributing to the growth of our society and our specialties.

Roles and responsibilities for each of those positions are as follows:

Medical and Nursing (and Allied Health Professionals) President-elects

The main role of both President-elect position is to help and support the presidents in running the Society. They are a voting member of the Executive Committee. Both the , Medical and Nursing President-elects, will automatically become the next Presidents in June 2023, and remain in the Executive Committee ex officio as Past-Presidents after that. They should therefore be involved with all working aspects of the Society. Each of those presidency terms will last for 2 years.
 
During the last General Assembly, the members approved the creation of a new communication officer position, but there were some reservations that did not go unheard. Until more clarity is sought, both President-elects will take the lead for the communication strategy of the society, providing guidance, support, and coordination of all ESPNIC´s communication channels, promotional activities, website, and social media.

• Section Chairs

Section chairs are members of the Scientific Affairs Division, representing their section. They are expected to lead the activities framework of the sections, facilitating communication and workflow amongst section members; they should promote and coordinate ESPNIC educational activities, research initiatives and content development for the different communication channels of the society.
They are accountable for providing a yearly action plan, performance indicators and budget (if applicable) to the Executive Committee, and to monitor and report the progress of such actions in a regular basis. They are also expected to chair and organize section meetings during the congress.
Terms of office are 3 years, renewable once. Current Section Chairs in their first mandate can apply for a second term. Interim section chairs and approved grace periods will not have the served time counted towards the maximum office terms.

• Deputy Chairs

Deputy chairs are members of the Scientific Affairs Division, supporting the Section Chairs in representing their section. They are expected to co-lead and support the Section Chair on developing the activities framework of the sections, facilitating communication and workflow amongst section members; they should promote and coordinate ESPNIC educational activities, research initiatives and content development for the different communication channels of the society.
They represent the Section Chair when unavailable and contribute to the management and coordination of the section for all aforementioned tasks.

Terms of office are 3 years, renewable once. Current Deputy Chairs in their first mandate can apply for a second term. Interim deputy chairs and approved grace periods will not have the served time counted towards the maximum office terms.
Applications for all positions are open from today, 1st of March 2021, until the 24th of April 2021 at midnight. Interested candidates should submit a personal statement (maximum 400 words), picture and brief CV to info@espnic-online.org.