Open Forum 2016 - "Teaching the Soft Skills"

OF 2016 Vienna Group photo

The fifth edition of OsEAN "Open Forum for Osteopathic Education" Conference with the topic "Teaching the Soft Skills" took place on April 21st and 22nd 2016, in Vienna, Austria.
There were 65 participants from 17 countries. Represented were osteopathic schools not only from whole Europe but also from Argentina, Australia, Canada and USA.
The two days programme of the conference included keynote lectures delivered by presenters from the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands and other presentations and workshops in the following areas: osteopath-patient communication, professionalism and ethics, self-regulation and self-care.

New OsEAN Membership Application Process implemented

After some months of hard work our new process for membership applications is finally set up and running. We have created an OsEAN Standard that will be audited by our competent partners of the Austrian Standards Institute.

All information is available online on this page Becoming a Member. You can download our information package there by clicking on Download Dokuments.

If your school is interested in becoming a member of OsEAN we would love to hear from you!
Please get in touch with our office by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our team is also more than happy to assist you with any questions.

Edouard-Olivier Renard (June 1954 – March 2014)

OSEAN is sad to announce that Edouard-Olivier Renard, Principal of the CEESO/France, passed away in March after a severe illness. OSEAN sends its condolences to his family and friends as well as his colleagues at the school.

Edouard was a dedicated Osteopath D.O, Director and founder of CEESO and served OsEAN several years as an enthusiastic Vice-President and Board member.

After his graduation in physiotherapy in 1977, he became a member of the medical delegations and framing swimmers at the Mediterranean Games in 1979 (Split), and at the 1980’s and 1984 Olympics (Moscow and Los Angeles).

In 1990, Edouard-Olivier Renard graduated of Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy (London).
He founded the CEESO in 1991 and has since then been committed to an unconditional struggle for the recognition of Osteopathy as well as the development of high quality training.

Beside his teaching activities, he was the osteopath of the Opera de Paris ballet which has earned him nicknames such as "Edward golden hands" or "the ballerinas’ repairer".

As a man with a strong character, he liked things going fast. His dedication and commitment to Osteopathy will never be forgotten. Qualified osteopaths were and always will be trained through his work. He will be sadly missed.

European Collaboration

 In August Raimund Engel (OSEAN) met with Gert Jan Goede (Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe) and Jonathan Bailey (European Federation of Osteopaths) in London. They discussed the CEN standard and other perspectives for cooperation between the three European organisations. A very productive day with lots of exciting perspectives!

Galina Abeleva (1938 -2014)

OSEAN is sad to announce that Galina Abeleva from RAOM passed away on May 5th. OSEAN sends its condolences to her family and friends as well as her colleagues at the school.

Galina graduated from foreign languages faculty of Herzen Leningrad Pedagogical University. After the graduation from the University and before meeting with osteopaths, Galina first worked in The Turner Scientific and Research Institute for Children's Orthopedics, and then, she had been working for a long time at the R.R. Vreden All-union research institute for traumatology and orthopedics where she addressed the issues of medical informatics, having defended a dissertation in this area. Her knowledge of orthopedics and traumatology inspired respect and admiration in her medical colleagues.

Since the beginning of 90s, Galina worked closely with Russian osteopaths. She translated the first seminars of Viola Frymann and Frank Willard in Russia. She was the direct participant of meeting between Renzo Molinari and Natalya Bespala, the director of one of the first osteopathic centers in Russia – The academy of Child development. It was the historical event, which started the era of the European school of osteopathy (Maidstone) in Russia. From this time onwards, Galina would never be just a translator. She became the heart and soul of Russian osteopathy, its “walking stick”, particularly for osteopaths, who got their osteopathic education in European school of osteopathy. Thanks to her, dozens of leading osteopaths from all round the world could lay their brick in foundation of the Russian osteopathy.

Galina Abeleva was a leading translator and international coordinator of Russian academy of osteopathic medicine since the very start of the school, as well as close friend to teachers and students. Until the very last days, despite the severe illness, she took an active part in the school’s life.

Adrian Barnes MSc(Ost) D.O (1955 – 2014)

OSEAN is sad to announce that Adrian Barnes, Principal of the ESO, passed away on Thursday February 6th 2014 after collapsing in the gym. OSEAN sends its condolences to his wife Janet, Ian, Emma and the family.
Adrian became the Principal of the ESO in April 2007. He worked closely with the Board of Trustees, senior management team, staff and faculty to place the School in its current strong position, both educationally and financially. He worked to further develop the School’s reputation internationally as well as to ensure its position as one of the top osteopathic education institutions in the United Kingdom.
Adrian graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1978 and returned to teach osteopathic technique and clinic in the same year. He continued to combine a career in osteopathic education with his clinical practice throughout his working life. His osteopathic education career led him to teach at other osteopathic education institutions in the UK and Europe.
During his career, Adrian worked with a number of people from various institutions and organisations, supporting OSEAN in many ways.

Open Forum Proceedings Available in Print

We are excited to announce that the Proceedings of our 2012 OSEAN Open Forum "Teaching Research" are available on Amazon. If you haven't been to our conference but still would like to have a copy please head to one of the sites below and order your copy.

Free copies for all participants have been sent out. If you haven't received your copy yet please contact the OSEAN office.

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