Last chance to register until 30th June 2021

We welcome you to the 16th ESCIF Congress, which will be held from Wednesday 25th August to Friday 27th August in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Learn more about the program (see below) and register until 30th June 2021. After this date we can not guarantee accommodation.

Newsletter including current travel restrictions here


Elvira Beslija

We have to inform you that Elvira Beslija, an engaged force for ESCIF as well as the entire movement for the rights of persons with disabilities, left us after a short but severe illness June 6th 2021. Thanks to her perseverance, hard work and positive energy, Elvira will be remembered as an extremely successful person in her disability work throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina but also in whole Europe.

ESCIF express the deepest condolences to the family and friends of Elvira.


The goal of the ESCIF Forum is to facilitate knowledge transfer and information exchange among all persons interested in SCI. Planed is to have 3 – 4 free Zoom events per year. Key is to generate added value for the ESCIF members and persons with SCI in general.

The first two ESCIF Forum presentations had both 20+ participants and interessting discussions emerged. If you were not able to participate in the ESCIF Forum pleas see the presentations below.

The 3rd Forum will be about FinSCI

The Finnish Spinal Cord Injury Study (FinSCI)  identified factors related to the health and functioning of people with SCI, their challenges with accessibility, and how such factors are interconnected. FinSCI differs from InSCI: Subjects were recruited with register study (884 respondents), and partly different  outcome measures were used. In addition deep interviews were performed (n45).

Manda Knežević

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Manda Knežević. She was an active and driving force for the European SCI community and co-founder of ESCIF. Please read the honourable memories of Manda Knežević accomplishments in attached file.

ESCIF sends the deepest sympathies to Mandas’ family and friends.

The confirmed date for the ESCIF congress 2021 in Nottwil is:

Wednesday, 25th to Friday, 27th August 2021





ESCIF has created and launched a new project – ESCIF Help Alliance

ESCIF Help Alliance is made to protect the vulnerable persons in the European SCI community against the Coronavirus. The masks are intended to the carers who help tetra-/quadriplegic that uses ventilators or have reduced immune systems. Through the ESCIF Ambassador program, we have been in contact with all our members.

ESCIF Help Alliance is the platform that enables us to provide help to our community. Now we are focusing on providing medical masks, with funding from supporting organisations and companies. Our ambition is to provide approximately 1.2 million masks.  


Interesting information on COVID-19 for people with disability!
Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (PDF)

ESCIF Assembly 2020

We know all of you are in one or the other way affected by the current situation with the Corona Virus and that the ESCIF assembly is not the most important thing right now. However, to be able to continue working for persons with SCI all-over Europe, the ESCIF board is working hard to have an electronic assembly of delegates which enables the board to keep the association running.

The current emergency law Situation in Switzerland forbids the gathering of more than 5 persons. Therefore ESCIF is not able to have an assembly, as we are used to. The board of ESCIF also thinks that having only an assembly without congress later this year would financially and logistically not be suitable for most organisations and delegates.

This highly unusual situation is not taken into account in the statues of ESCIF. However, the current emergency law by the Swiss government enables ESCIF to have an assembly by use of digital participation. This year’s assembly will, therefore, be by e-mail. All member organisations will receive an invitation to appoint a delegate which then is allowed to vote by e-mail. Because this will affect how discussions, comments and ideas are exchanged, the assembly will be as simple as possible, with only essential topics, like approval of the accounts and discharge of the Executive board. There are no elections necessary this year.

We are aware that this is an unusual procedure and it is not how ESCIF likes to have their assembly since it is not facilitating discussion and exchange among the delegates. However, the ESCIF board hopes that all members and colleagues support us in this decision. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact one of the board members. Stay healthy and all the best for you and your beloved ones.

ESCIF Congress in Notwill postponed to year 2021