ESCIF Congress 2019


27 - 29 May 2019


Gothenburg, SWEDEN

Welcome to the ESCIF Congress 2019!

Empowerment – Knowledge is Power

27-29 May 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

The theme is knowledge: gaining, expanding and spreading it.

Information can improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury, but it must be easy to find and understand.

We have several organisations working to make it so, but ESCIF sees many benefits of strengthening the bonds between them, as well as the bonds between consumers, clinicians and researchers.

The benefits include:

  • making it easier to transfer knowledge and how-to-do´s between individuals, groups, organisations and countries
  • improving our position in lobbying and political decision making
  • keeping information and websites up to date and trustworthy – both in content and technology

The congress is open to anyone who has an interest in spinal cord injury – be it a personal or professional one.

The fourteenth ESCIF Congress is organised by the Swedish Association for Survivors of Accident and Injury (RTP) and the Gothenburg Competence Centre for Spinal Cord Injury together with the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation.

Please register before 1 February 2019. It will be possible to register until 28 February 2019 for an additional fee of € 50 per person.

Call | For Abstract

Empowerment – Knowledge is Power

Do you want to give an oral presentation or host a workshop? Please have a look at the ESCIF 2019 – Call for abstracts.

For the second time we are inviting member organisations, other SCI consumer organisations, researchers and clinicians to send in abstracts for either oral presentations or workshops.

Note: Call for Abstract closes on 15 January 2019.



Event | programme

The programme will be announced closer to the congress, but we can already present our very first keynote speakers.




 We proudly welcome the following speakers to the ESCIF Congress 2019. 

Prof. Lisa Harvey

Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman

Please visit the speakers section for further information.

More speakers will be announced soon.



Congress | information

We hope you are interested in attending the congress. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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History of ESCIF


In the autumn of 2005, the organizations representing people living with a spinal cord injury in the different countries in Europe were offered a very special opportunity - to meet in Nottwil, Switzerland, in order to discuss the foundation of a pan-European federation. 

The idea, in itself, was not new: some networks were already in place and had been for several years. But this was the first time that the initiative to actually gather as many organizations as possible had been taken.

It came as no surprise that the organizations from the 12 European countries who attended the initial meeting were unanimous in the decision to found a federation - a federation that could and should include all countries throughout Europe.

In spring 2006 the organisations met again in Nottwil - this time 16 countries were represented - to attend the founding assembly of the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation. At this meeting the Statutes of the federation were approved by the delegates, the members of the first Executive Board were elected and the work of ESCIF could begin in earnest.


Today we represent 33 national organisations from 28 European countries.


Previous | ESCIF congresses

On this page a brief information about past congresses can be found. You can find and download more documents about Previous Congresses. Please select a year of ESCIF Congress in the bottom.