A task force is a small group that brings together a specific set of skills and ideas to accomplish dis- tinct projects of scientific or educational relevance in the specialty of Dermato-Venereology. All task forces work under the EADV umbrella and report to the Task Force Facilitator who guides and oversees their work, mediates with the chairs, helps to develop their strategy in line with the EADV mission, reviews outcomes, and prepares the annual report on performed activities. The first Task Force Facilitator was Prof Ljiljana Medenica. Aims and duties The Board implemented task forces in 2005 to perform the following main duties: • To make speaker suggestions to the Scientific Programming Committee for congresses and symposia • To develop educational materials • To allow EADV to influence and keep updated information on matters related to special fields within Dermato-Venereology. Moreover, they may: • Be involved in the preparation of guidelines or JEADV review articles • Serve as contact points for other committees when necessary • Build a platform for common research projects (eg, EU projects, multicentre trials, etc) • Organise small meetings (with a maximum of 20 participants) on selected topics, or during the Annual Congress, for which EADV will cover the room hire and catering costs. Furthermore, the following rules for task force activities were outlined: ‘‘The work of the EADV Task Forces is voluntary, their size is flexible. The task forces are principally open to all members interested. There is no inherent financial support connected with the work of task forces. However, they can ask for support regarding specific projects.” The Task Force Co-ordinator’s initial term of office is for four years (extended by two years by officially making a request to the Board). Task forces can be dismissed at any time when there is no apparent activity.