About EFRR

The European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation (EFRR) is the major multidisciplinary rehabilitation research forum in Europe. Originally formed in 1983, it has members from all parts of Europe.
The purpose of EFRR is to advance research and education in biopsychosocial aspects of rehabilitation. The outcomes of such research are implemented and disseminated with the aim of improving both the provision of social, vocational, health-care and rehabilitation services and the standards of practice in these services, for the benefit of people with disabilities.

In particular, the aims of EFRR are:

  • To foster an interdisciplinary approach to research based on a biopsychosocial model of health and disability, thus focussing on rehabilitative research in the domains of impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations and participation restrictions, as well as the identification of environmental barriers and facilitators
  • To facilitate an exchange of information regarding research into these topics
  • To encourage the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative research projects in functioning, disabilities and health. These may concern physical, mental and social-environmental aspects of rehabilitation including assistive technology, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and return to work programmes, as well as legal, economic and socio-political aspects of disability
  • To organise and conduct a two-yearly congress, as well as other activities such as workshops, courses on the above-mentioned topics as well the creation of networks of professionals working in different fields within the broad spectrum of rehabilitation

EFRR Strategy

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EFRR Action Points

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Latest news

The Council election is done at the General Assembly of EFRR, during the EFRR Congress on 23rd – 25th September 2021 in Lubljana (more information: http://www.efrr2021.si). EFFR active members present in the EFRR General Assembly on 16.09.2021 voted for the EFRR council members.

According to the EFRR constitution, each EFRR active member who is a recognized health care practitioner, rehabilitation counselor, case manager or social worker working in the rehabilitation field was eligible to be nominated as council member.

Any active EFRR Members was eligible and kindly requested to nominate candidates for membership in the Council. Each proposed candidate submitted a resume and a letter of interest indicating that the candidate is willing to stand.

The following candidates were nominated and elected for membership in the EFRR Council for the legislature 2021-2022:

KARADAG-SAYGI Evrim, TURKEY

BURGER Helena,  SLOVENIA

LEONARDI Matilde, ITALY

MARNETOFT Sven-Uno, SWEDEN

MELKAS Susanna, FINLAND

VAN WIJCK Frederike, UNITED KINGDOM

VARJU Cecilia, HUNGARY

WEINBRENNER Susanne, DEUTSCHLAND

Presidents of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation

Founder: John Hunter  (UNITED KINGDOM)
1983-1985: John Hunter  (UNITED KINGDOM)
1985-1988: Kurt-Alphons Jochheim + (GERMANY)
1988-1992: BD Bangma + (GERMANY)
1992-1995: Simon Miller + (UNITED KINGDOM)
1995-1998: Juhani Wikström (FINLAND)
1998-2001: Michael Schuntermann (GERMANY)
2001-2004: Alberto Hidalgo de Caviedes (SPAIN)
2004-2007: Crt Marincek (SLOVENIA)
2007-2008: Haim Ring + (ISRAEL)
2008-2009: Gabor Fazekas (HUNGARY) 
2009-2011: Aivars Vetra (LATVIA)
2011-2013: Gabor Fazekas (HUNGARY)
2013-2015: Gülseren Akyuz (TURKEY)
2015-2017: Aarne Ylinen (FINLAND)
2017-2019: Frederike van Wijck (UNITED KINGDOM)
2019 – 2021 Susanne Weinbrenner (GERMANY)
2021 - current Helena Burger (SLOVENIA)