Diederich was present to see that everything was correct and to certify our signatures. The two West German delegates, Dr Fritz, representing BDD, and Prof Kreysel from DDG were excused, since their organisations did not approve of the idea of the formation of the Academy. The first EADV Board was elected: President: Emiliano Panconesi Vice-President: Philippe Lauret Secretary General: Hans W Rothenborg Treasurer: Michel Delune Members: Nicholas Parisis, Willie Harris, Peter Bakker, José Camarasa, António Cabral de Ascensão, Josée Reiffers-Mettelock and Derek Freedman Afternoon session: 21 st (UEMS) D-V Section meeting. The number of countries sending delegates had now risen to 12 with Portugal as the latest arrival. All delegates were present, including the two West Germans. Prof Camarasa was elected recorder of the meeting to assist the Secretary General. The Chairman, Prof Panconesi, reported on his activities in the past year, and informed us that he had received full co-operation from his predecessor in taking over his chair. He also explained that he had come to the conclusion that it would perhaps be better for the new academy that we had now founded, if we modified our former decision: to sever completely the connection with UEMS. His view was duly noted, but no action was taken on this point. Prof Panconesi then anounced that, although he had served as Chairman of the D-V Section for only one year, he wanted to step down now that he had been elected EADV President to be able to concentrate on the organisation of its first Congress. In my cover letter sent out with the agenda for this D-V Section meeting, I had also mentioned that after seven years as its Secretary General, I also wanted to step down although I still had another year before my term expired. Furthermore, that same morning I had been elected Secretary General of the new EADV and did not feel I could do both. Continuity would be secured as the Treasurer, Dr Bakker remained in office. Thus, Dr Imrich Sarkany became new Chairman of the D-V Section and Prof Camarasa its Secretary General. Recollections from the first few years Working as EADV Secretary General was in many ways different than that for UEMS. Prof Panconesi and I more or less divided the work between us, so that he and his staff were mostly busy with setting up the first EADV Congress while I was primarily responsible for straightening out the remaining formalities concerning the structure of our organisation. Nothing important took place, of course, without Prof Panconesi’s agreement. Hence the many travels to Florence. Initially I mainly had to deal through lawyers with tax authorities and with legal issues trying to get the Statutes and our Academy properly registered. There were also a lot of faxes back and forth with Diana Panconesi at Centro Servizi Segreteria, which acted as the local congress organiser. For practical rea- sons she frequently acted as intermediary between her husband and me, especially when the telephone was used. Whenever there were questions we needed to ask each other about the upcoming congress, newmembers, possible supporters or EADV’s framework, the fax machine inmy office started humming away as an added entertainment for my patients. No internet at the time! Mrs Panconesi always said: “It is not possible today to organise a congress without a fax machine.” How times change! Eventually, a lot of my time before the first EADV Congress had to be devoted to its promotion. Although I used every opportunity to inform of our progress, I felt that some of my Danish colleagues were slightly sceptical with regards to the much talked-about Academy. Would it ever materialise?