® “Making Waves in Dermatology” was the motto of the 19 th EADV Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. More than 7000 participants attended from over 104 different countries. The spectacular and entertaining opening ceremony took place inside the Swedish Exhibition & Conference Centre, situated in the heart of the city. Prof Olle Larkö, Congress President, cordially wel- comed all attendees, followed by the Governor of Västra Götaland, Lars Bäckström and EADV President Andreas Katsambas, who wished all delegates a successful meeting. The master of ceremonies, Fredrik Swahn, spiced up the opening ceremony with a magnificent show including the movie “Gothenburg – we love you” and a tribute to ABBA, interlaced with Swahn’s own live musical performances. The teamwork of Olle Larkö, Anne Marie Wennberg, John Paoli and Honorary President Ove Bäck, together with the Local Organising and Scientific Committee, created a scientific programme that managed to pay particular attention to novel trends in rapidly moving fields. Following the success at previous EADV meetings, well attended “What’s new?” plenary talks dedicated to the most recent develop ments in dermatological research, dermatological therapy and dermatopathology were given as a closing session. The rapid development of global dermatology was also addressed in special symposia devoted to India and Africa which gave the attendees a unique chance to compare selected disease spectra (eg, pigmentary and infectious disorders) and therapeutic traditions between Europe and these countries. Finally, almost 300 guests enjoyed the President’s Dinner held inside the Museum of World Culture.