The sixth interim meeting: Istanbul-Turkey, 2017  

The sixth interim meeting was organized by Prof. Nejat Akalan in Istanbul, Turkey on 17-19 August 2017. Forthy four WANS members, seventeen spouses and seven non-member neurosurgeon participated in the meeting. On August 17, 2017 at 6 p.m. the program started with welcoming speech of Dr. Akalan and Dr. Pamir. Then opening lecture was given by Prof. Tunçalp Özgen and the title of lecture was “The effect of German scientist to Turkish higher education”. After lecture, academicians gather for the opening reception at Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul Hotel. In the morning of August 18, 2017 scientific program began. After lectures academicians and spouses had their lunch in the Hilton Hotel then afternoon at 1 p.m. social program began. Academicians visited St. Sophia museum, Blue Mosque, Roman cisterm then had a boat tour on the Bosphorus and enjoyed wonderful cinery of Istanbul. At 8 p.m, academicians brought to Feriye Restaurant on the Bosphorus and had their dinner there. On 19th August, 2017 all day was full with scientific presentations. During one and  a half day scientific meeting, thirty-nine high quality presentations were given. On 19th August 2017 4.30 p.m., the general assembly gathered. Meeting opened by President Pamir. Regrets announced and a minute silence was done in the memory of Prof. Lobo Antunez. Minutes of last meeting (Athens, Greece 2016) reviewed. After president’s report brief report given by the secretary treasurer Dr. Arraez explained donation to Syrian refugees. Membership committee report was given by Dr. Pamir. New members presented (A. Alias, M. Kohno, S. Yoshimura, T. R. Meling, I. Omerhodzic, F. Servadei, U.Sure, M. Tatagiba, M. Westfall, S. Zhao) Future sites for WANS meetings again reviewed (2018 Prague, Czech Republic – Prof. Benes, 2019 Mumbai, India – Prof. Misra, 2020 Brazil – Prof. Borba) Prof. Arraez elected as President Elect. At 8 p.m. Gala dinner took place in Çırağan Palace, Kempinski Hotel. Academicians and spouses enjoyed very much from the view of the Bosphorus and the dinner.