Opening of the EADV House in Brussels: Saturday, 27 April 2002 With the flags of the EEC, Belgium and EADV adorning the first floor balcony of EADV House, over 150 invited guests were welcomed on a warm spring-like day. Guests came from all corners of Europe, and included representatives from Belarus, Ukraine and Turkey. Emiliano Panconesi, the first President of EADV and of the first EADV Congress in Florence (1989) delivered an introductory address, declaring the new premises open. The current EADV President Martin Black, President-Elect Jean-Hilaire Saurat and several other Past-Presidents were all in attendance. The Royal Belgian Society of Dermatology gave a small present in the form of a framed bank note incorporating a picture of Victor Horta, star architect of Art Nouveau in Brussels, and friend of Ernest Blerot. Prof Terence Ryan from Oxford presented two paintings of flowers in his own distinc- tive style as a gift to acknowledge EADV’s generous contributions to the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS). As a joint gift, the Austrian and Hungarian societies presented a life-sized bust of Moriz Kaposi, an Austro-Hungarian Jew who discovered the eponymous skin tumour and a role model for international European dermato-venereologists for the future. The afternoon reception was followed by a bus tour through Art Nouveau Brussels, familiarising the guests with the architectural treasures of the city, including those by Victor Horta on the Avenue Louise, the Place Royale with Godefroid Bouillon on horseback, the Grand and Petit Sablons, and the seat of the European Commission. In the evening a gala dinner took place in the historic premises of the Concert Noble building. There, EADV President Martin M Black presented memorial plaques to the distinguished former presidents and congress presidents present, to mark this special day.
Bust of Moriz Kaposi, a joint gift from the Austrian and Hungarian Dermatology Societies
Emiliano Panconesi, EADV’s first President, officially inaugurating EADV House in Brussels in 2002
Karl Holubar, founding President of the European Society for the History of Dermatology and Venereology (ESHDV), welcomes the opening of EADV House, watched by Emiliano Panconesi