The aim of the Society is to promote research knowledge of paediatric nephrology through teaching, scientific meetings and other methods, for the benefit of children with renal disease.

Founded in 1967, the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology or ESPN, is the professional association for those researching or delivering care for children with kidney disease within Europe. We include the geographical definition of Europe and are not limited by the European Union though we link with some of the EU initiatives, such as ERKNet.

An annual meeting of the ESPN takes place every autumn. Currently, every 3 years this is combined with the tri-annual meeting of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. The officers of the ESPN are the President and Assistant President who serve a 3-year term, extendable for a further 2 years, a treasurer and a council who are elected every 3 years.