Who we are

The European Society for Swallowing Disorders is an association of and for health care providers working, doing research and studying in the field of dysphagia and swallowing disorders. The Society has been built on the former European Study Group for Dysphagia and Globus and is a formally registered, nonprofit, international association.

Activities and services

Members have online subscription to the bimonthly journal Dysphagia via www.springerlink.com and access to all articles on the journal website.

The Society also provides an annual congress in Europe; courses for different levels of professional expertise; a website with information about the Society, future congresses, calendar of events, references, resources and links; and excellent opportunities to network with other individuals and societies in the field. The congress and journal give members the opportunity to present and publish their research.

The Society is a member of the Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques de Catalunya i Balears and members can have access to their educational platform, Agora.

Aims of the Society

  • To promote care, education and research in swallowing physiology and swallowing disorders.
  • To formulate professional standards of practice and guidelines.
  • To associate health care professionals working in the field of normal and disordered swallowing, encouraging collaboration between them and providing a forum for the interchange of ideas and research.
  • To contribute to the development of the field and the scientific and professional development of its members
  • To encourage clinical and basic research in all areas related to normal and disordered swallowing
  • To represent and promote the field to national and international authorities and societies and the European Union
  • To consolidate the society as the society for dysphagia and swallowing disorders in Europe.


Members have the right to vote and run for election to the Board, to be informed of the activities and decisions of the Society and to attend and participate in the courses and congresses. Members must pay the annual membership fee and support the aims of the Society. All health care providers working, studying or doing research in the field are invited to join. The application form for membership is available here.