® Around 12,000 dermatologists and trainees, as well as nurses and researchers, participated in the 23 rd EADV Congress in Amsterdam. A true record! It was the first time that EADV was 100% responsible for organising its own annual flagship event. EADV was now a grown-up society. The participants experienced a lovely Indian summer with some real Amsterdam sun! On Wednesday evening the participants had the chance to meet and experience Dutch culture at the cocktail and networking ceremony in the RAI Congress Centre. It was a special event which was followed by the welcome address by the outgoing EADV President Prof Jana Hercogová and Congress President Prof Martino Neumann, which set the scene for a spectacular programme to follow. Themotto ‘Building Bridges’ came to life inmany ways: using the green lights of the Poken ® hands tech platform facilitated meetings between new colleagues. The plenary lectures, given by Antonio Costanzo, Richard Langley, Marcel Jonkman, Thomas Bosch, Irene Leigh and Tamar Nijsten, gave us the chance to gain in-depth knowledge and widen our horizons. Prof Jana Hercogová presented three awards to distinguished European dermatologists in recognition of their contribution to our specialty. Prof Eckhart Haneke (Germany) received the Clinical Care Award, Prof Pascal Joly (France) the Scientific Achievement Award, and Prof Willem A van Vloten (Netherlands) the Distinguished Service Award. The prizes were presented during the EADV President’s Dinner in the Amsterdam Concert hall, where an orchestra of 17 Dutch der- matologists surprised the audience with a lovely concert.
Outgoing EADV President Jana Hercogová presenting the Distinguished Service Award to Willem A van Vloten
Christos Zouboulis ( right), Chairman of the Honours and Awards Committee, presenting an EADV scholarship, watched by Jørgen Rønnevig, EADV Treasurer