® It was during the 1 st Board meeting in Dublin, at the Shelbourne Hotel, when the venue for the 1 st EADV Congress was decided unanimously…Florence. Emiliano Panconesi, who was the first EADV President and at the same time President of the 1 st EADV Congress, was extremely enthusiastic and took enormous care to organise every detail of both the scientific and social programme. Emiliano, with the help of his American wife Diana, who assisted him in the communication with the international delegates, together with his Italian colleagues, organised a very successful congress. Emiliano used to say “ …without Diana, my colleagues and this precious new instrument called ‘fax’, perhaps I would not be able to organise such an event….. ” The congress venue was the Palazzo dei Congressi, an old, small but magnificent building. The welcome reception took place in the Limonaia in the Boboli Gardens behind the superb Renaissance Palazzo Pitti. Two Nobel Prize recipients for the discovery of HIV, Luc Montagnier and Harald Zur Hausen, were among the plenary lecturers during this congress. More than 3000 people participated in the 1 st EADV Congress (dele- gates, accompanying persons and exhibitors). The lion’s share (£59,579 sterling) of the revenue from the 1 st Congress went towards the publication of the proceedings and the remaining (30.000.000 Italian Lire) was remitted to the EADV Treasurer. Beautiful weather, extraordinary venue… the first step towards a suc- cessful event and the beginning of a long history of EADV congresses!
Diana and Emiliano Panconesi
Torello Lotti, Giorgio Landi and Emiliano Panconesi