Professor Shakeel Saeed, Professor of Otology / Neuro-otology at University College London Ear Institute and Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK. 

It is with a great pleasure and indeed an honour to be writing this message as the new President of the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology (EAONO). The fundamental ethos of EAONO is education through knowledge transfer and dissemination of the younger upcoming generation of otologists, but also the great and the good of the current generation, and perhaps even the previous generation! The ultimate beneficiaries are, of course, our patients and their families.

In order to achieve this goal, EAONO has a number of mechanisms that set it apart from other specialty societies: the inclusive and educational instructional sessions at the two-yearly meeting; consensus and guidelines setting in key areas, and the trans-European dissection course project (TEPONE) to name just a few. Much of this work has been instigated and implemented by our previous Presidents including Nuri Ozgirgin, supported by the steering group and membership; evidence of our ability to work together in a constructive and fruitful manner. Such evidence of collaboration was vital in our discussions with societies such as CEORL and I am delighted to confirm that as a consequence of our meeting with their executive in 2017, EAONO will assume its appropriate position at the top-table, helping to inform the depth and breadth of key decision-making within the wider ORL society. In addition, once again, thanks to the efforts of Nuri and colleagues, the Journal of International Advanced Otology goes from strength to strength.

At this point I must congratulate Per Caye-Thomasen and his team for delivering a hugely informative and enjoyable EAONO 2018 in Copenhagen. Those of you who have organised an international conference will fully understand the time and energy and personal sacrifice that is required to do so. Per, on behalf of EAONO may I also thank you for your stewardship as President over the last two years.

Finally, one of my main tasks as your President is to convene the EAONO 2020 meeting. This will be in London in September 2020. I look forward to confirming the date and venue imminently. This task will occupy much of my time, but I look forward to support from the UK EAONO membership and the wider EAONO community. The conference will include all that are the strengths of our Academy and I have decided on a theme of showcasing the young and rising stars of otology across Europe and beyond. I look forward to your support in this regard.

All that we may achieve is because of what has been done by others before us. We stand on the shoulders of otological giants and for that we are eternally grateful!

With my kindest regards

Shakeel R Saeed

President, EAONO