European Society of Endodontology (ESE)
On 24th April 1982, twelve participants at the American Association of Endodontists Congress (see picture) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA founded a European Academy of Endodontology to replace and enhance the one created in 1971 by Gilbert Crussol of Paris.
A provisional Council of the European Academy of Endodontology met in Bournemouth, the UK on 10th September 1982. Three additional colleagues joined them: Kuralen (N), Milthon (S) and Velmans (NL).
In the first 18 years of its existence, the ESE was managed by an elected Executive Committee that represented approximately 150 Active Members. Following much work by Paul Wesselink (ESE Secretary 1995-2001) the ESE adopted a new status as the "umbrella organization" for European endodontic societies/associations during the 11th Biennial Congress in Munich (2001).
The new federal structure of the ESE was supported by an Executive Board that was itself overseen by a re-constituted General Assembly consisting of elected representatives from the Full member societies.