The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology - EADV - has reached the venerable age of 30 years! Over that time, it has grown to become the largest organisation in Europe focusing on the specialties of Dermatology and Venereology and one of the biggest in the world after the American Academy of Dermatology. EADV has become one of the most prominent educators in these fields of specialisation. As well as producing the highly respected Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (the JEADV ), EADV runs regular focused training courses on specific areas of the specialty in different centres of Europe to supplement the training of residents and update the skills of training dermatologists. It also hosts the largest Annual Congress of Dermatology and Venereology in Europe as well as a smaller Spring Symposium that brings specialist education to wider regions of Europe. Even though these achievements are impressive by any measure, perhaps the most significant of EADV’s achie- vements has been to bring specialists from throughout the diverse countries and cultures of Europe (and even further afield) together in an organisation that actively encouraged their exchange of ideas, experiences and projects to improve care for our patients. Before the advent of the European Academy, dermatologists in Europe tended to be categorised as being “academic” or “practitioners”. EADV has broken that barrier and now each European country, through its EADV members, elects a representative to the Board of Directors who may or may not be attached to an academic institution. At Board meetings and at the annual meeting of the members (the Annual General Meeting), all dermatologists and venereologists now have an equal voice which enables them to highlight the issues, many of them common to several countries, that impinge on their ability to deliver high-quality care to their patients. Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces within EADV with multinational membership have worked together over many years focusing on various aspects of our field of practice and, by using combined resources within EADV and interacting with EU politicians, have achieved significant improvements in healthcare. Close working relationships have forged firm friendships with like-minded professionals from other countries that underlie much of the positive force generated by our Academy. This publication highlights some of the many milestones of achievement by EADV over the past 30 years and many of the individuals who have contributed to its success. For the actual anniversary itself in 2017 the editors produced a short, colourful, illustrated publication which was circulated to all EADV members and a series of video recordings of founding members and earlier officers which is available on the EADV website. The editors are extremely grateful to the many individuals who have helped to produce this text on our Academy’s history, especially Frank Powell who co-ordinated the production of the brochure and video recordings, Anne Kobza Black for her many wonderful photographs, and Alex Stratigos for his help in the final phases of the book. We are, of course, extremely grateful to the EADV staff members Catherine Cathala and Ruel Jacob.