Executive Committee Members

Please find below an overview of the Executive Committee Members.


Emmanuel Mylanus, president of the executive board

“It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I am president of ESPCI2023. We strive to make it the most innovative and sustainable conference in hearing!”

I am Emmanuel Mylanus and staff otolaryngologist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck surgery at the Radboud UMC in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  My interest in implantable hearing aids has led to clinical work, research projects, and presentations at international meetings on semi-implantable bone conduction devices, active middle ear implants and cochlear implants. I am in charge of the clinical pillar Ear & Hearing of the dept of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the Radboudumc in which high quality care is provided for patients in need of implantable devices for hearing loss.


Jantien Vroegop, executive board member

“Making sure that deaf children have the same opportunities in life as any other child. That is my goal for my clinical work, but also for the organization of ESPCI2023. Let’s make care for children with CI even better with this conference!”

I am Jantien Vroegop and work as a staff clinical physicist – audiologist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck surgery Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As a CI – specialist I am responsible for the audiological care in the Cochlear Implant Center Rotterdam. My research focuses on the impact of hearing loss in daily life, mainly for the pediatric population. I am happy to contribute to organizing a fantastic conference in Rotterdam and hope to welcome you in our beautiful city.


Ronald Pennings, executive board member

“I want to make sure that everyone feels welcome in the beautiful city of Rotterdam and that because of the challenging program people are eager to come to the first major European CI congress in years.”

My name is Ronald Pennings and I am staff otolaryngologist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Radboud UMC in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I deliver tertiary care to otology patients including pediatric cochlear implantation,  and my research focuses on (genetic) diagnostics and innovative therapeutic approaches of sensorineural hearing loss. I am chair of Hearing & Genes, the expertise center for diagnostics and treatment of (hereditary) hearing loss.


Marc van der Schroeff, executive board member

“I am glad that the conference is in Rotterdam, so that we can show the rest of the world this atypical Dutch city with a lot of modern architecture”

I am Marc van der Schroeff, I work as a staff pediatric otolaryngologist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam the Netherlands.  At the Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus MC, I am head of the pediatric otolaryngology department and responsible for all tertiary care of pediatric otology including cholesteatoma and cochlear implants. My research focuses on acquired hearing loss in children, predominantly within a large birth cohort study, Generation R.