® After Paris, the 18 th EADV Congress headed east to Berlin and wel- comed more than 9000 attendees. The impressive International Congress Centre (ICC) was the perfect choice for hosting the event and its professionalism matched that of the congress organisation and the superb quality of the scientific programme. On the first evening, the 18 th Congress officially started with a spec- tacular opening ceremony in which Prof Thomas Luger, Congress President, cordially welcomed all attendees. His speech was fol- lowed by one by Eva Luise Köhler, the wife of the German Federal President, wishing all delegates a successful meeting. Finally, Prof Andreas Katsambas, EADV President, gave his welcome address to the audience. The opening ceremony was followed by a magnificent concert featu- ring the Berlin Symphony Orhcestra playingMendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, followed by a film of the history of the Berlin Wall until its col- lapse in 1989. Prof Luger, together with his wonderful colleagues, Prof Harald Gollnick, Prof Rudolf Stadler, Prof Markus Böhm and the Honorary President Prof Johannes Ring, prepared a scientific programme which reflected the diversity of subject areas encompassing Dermatology and Venereology. The rapid development of global dermatology was reflected in the three scientific sessions dedicated to dermatological practice outside Europe in China, India and the Levant. The President’s Dinner was held inside the Orangerie of the magni- ficent Charlottenburg Palace. Over 300 guests enjoyed an evening within the walls of the sumptuous Baroque building offering visitors a spectacular ambience. No less pleasurable was the Meilenwerk Party held on Friday in one of the most famous event locations in Berlin, the Meilenwerk (German for “mile factory”), where more than 1000 guests enjoyed dinner and musical entertainment.
(From left to right): Constantin Orfanos, EADV President Andreas Katsambas, David M Pariser and EADV Past President Alberto Giannetti