® The President of the 12 th EADV Congress in Barcelona, Prof José Gimenez Camarasa had sadly passed away in 2001, so the Local Organising Committee (LOC) proposed Prof Mario Lecha to take over the difficult task of organising the event. Prof Lecha, with Dr Ana Gimenez Arnau and other LOC members, prepared a very successful congress with the motto “Building a new dermatology”. Approximately 8000 people (delegates, accompanying persons and exhibitors) attended the 12 th Congress and enjoyed a scientific pro- gramme which covered all aspects of our specialty. Sixteen sister societies also met in connection with the congress thus contributing towards increasing its impact on Dermatology and Venereology. The welcome ceremony took place at the Palau de Congresso de Barcelona which was also the congress venue. Off-congress time allowed participants to roam the beautiful streets of Barcelona taking in the remarkable architecture of Antoni Gaudí and taste the delicious tapas for which Spain is so famously renowned.
Mario Lecha and his wife Carmen welcoming delegates to the 12 th EADV Congress