Since its creation, the Academy’s administration has been run and managed by the personal assis- tants of different Secretary Generals. Prof Rothenborg opened an office in Copenhagen and then passed the baton to Prof Katsambas in 1996 who, with the help of his personal assistant, Mrs Katerina Serioti, ensured the smooth running of the various tasks (meeting minutes, correspondence, contact with providers, etc). It was the turn of Ms Gess Farrell to take over during the mandate of Prof Powell as Secretary General. In 2001, the Academy bought the Brussels office. Ms Els Van Pee, the administrative assistant of Prof Roseeuw, the Treasurer of the Academy at the time, was hired as the first official EADV staff member to support the various officers in operational EADV activities. Ms Tania Seppälä joined her to take care of the membership administration. Following the departure of the first two employees in 2003, the Academy hired Ms Catherine Cathala for membership administration, Ms Judith Strasser to support the Scientific Committee and Ms Nancy Induni for all other activities. In 2004, the PR activity was created with a new Media and PR Committee which was co-ordinated for many years by Mr Alexandre Dewaide. The current committee develops campaigns and EU relationships. From 2003 to 2006, the Academy considerably developed its activities. The congresses increased the number of participants, the spring symposia were started, Fostering courses created, the Statutes changed and with them came a turning point: EADV started using electronic voting for the election of officers, moved its legal seat from Luxembourg to Switzerland and, finally, decided to manage its congresses internally. This new activity, In-house Congress Organisation, required the employment of additional collaborators in its Lugano offices: Ms Nadja Hirzel for scientific activities, Ms Diana Bernasconi for logistics, Mr Mattia Bosco for exhibitors & sponsoring, Ms Natascha Gugolz for regis- tration and Ms Astrid Branca Rossini for accounting. The development of activities based on the Board’s requests continue with new committees, working groups, task forces, website, media, new technologies and other areas necessitating an increasingly professional staff. Today, 15 committees, task forces, working groups, as well as the 45 representatives of the Board are supported on a daily basis by a team of 37 employees.