Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the Co-Chairs of the Scientific and Organising Committee


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 31st International Epilepsy Congress (IEC) in Istanbul, from 5th – 9th September 2015.

This congress is organised by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE).

The International Epilepsy Congress is a major biennial event and is recognized as a landmark in the calendar of epilepsy specialists worldwide. The congress gives delegates from all over the world the chance to come together and network with fellow researchers, clinicians and health care practitioners.

The scientific programme of the 31st IEC promises to be innovative and engaging, with a wide range of main and parallel sessions, as well as teaching and video sessions.

Istanbul is a bridge connecting the East and the West. It is the world’s only city that spans two continents (Europe and Asia), and it has been a crossroads of trade, culture, learning and art for over 3, 000 years. The congress will take place in the award-winning and environmentally-friendly Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).

We hope that you and your colleagues will join us in this beautiful city for such an exciting event.

Istanbul has a rich culture spanning back to the days of the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Its location has meant that, apart from bridging the two continents, Istanbul has represented a gateway from one to the other throughout its history allowing a mixing and mingling of cultures and traditions. From the rich Byzantine culture to Ottoman Turk Imperial grandeur, all have been preserved and protected to allow visitors a rich overview of the background for modern Turkey.

We are very pleased to welcome you to this congress and to this historic and culturally significant city.


With warm regards,








    Emilio Perucca              Athanasios Covanis

Co-chairs, 31st IEC Scientific and Organising Committee