® The decision to have Athens as a venue for the 2 nd EADV Congress was made in Luxembourg in October 1987. Nicholas Parisis, who was to be the second President of EADV, was also appointed as Congress President. Unfortunately, Nicholas passed away in 1989 and John Stratigos was nominated as the new President of the 2 nd EADV Congress in Athens. At the same time the Gulf War began, thus presenting a huge obstacle to the organisation of the conference. Despite the negative effect this war had on the preparations leading up to the event, Prof Stratigos’ leadership, with the assistance of his wife Lena and Greek colleagues, ensured that the 2 nd EADV Congress proved a great success. This was demonstrated by the unexpectedly large number of partici- pants - 4100 participants from 70 countries worldwide. All presentations were done in English, French, German and Greek at the choice of each speaker with simultaneous translations in four languages during the plenary and special lectures. The opening ceremony took place in the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus, just under the Acropolis. The closing ceremony was at the Modern Concert Hall where hono- rary plaques were granted to 10 eminent professors: Otto Braun- Falco (Munich), Charles Calnan (London), Jean Civatte (Paris), John Epstein (San Francisco), Stephania Jablonska (Warsaw), Arthur Rook (Cambridge), Ferdinand Serri (Rome), John Strauss (Iowa), Darrell Wilkinson (Wycombe), and Antonio Garcia Perez (Madrid). During the 2 nd EADV Congress in Athens, the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology ( JEADV ) was officially launched. Financially, regardless of the initial difficulties that the Greek orga- nising team were faced with, the final outcome was positive and after auditing a total of $65,000 US dollars was remitted to EADV and $18.000 US dollars to the Hellenic Society of Dermatology and Venereology.
Nicholas Parisis, John D Stratigos
Jean Thivolet, Stuart Maddin, John Stratigos, Andreas Katsambas