® In 2017, EADV celebrated its 30 th birthday in Geneva, which was selected as the host city of the 26 th EADV Congress - an ideal location for the event, which took place in the magnificent Palexpo Convention Centre close to Geneva International Airport. The award-winning photographer Rick Guidotti opened the congress with a superb presentation entitled “The Spirit of Difference” that impressed the multinational audience. EADV President Prof Luca Borradori then welcomed the participants to an engaging and colle- gial congress. Just under 11,000 participants filled almost all lecture rooms to attend the rich scientific programme, which had been carefully pre- pared thanks to the tremendous work of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), the Fostering Trainee Education Committee, Subspecialty Society experts, and Task Force co-ordinators, under the inspired guidance of the SPC Chair, Prof Martin Röcken. More than 700 speakers with established publication records and high presenta- tion scores were also included in the programme. An impressive number of exhibitor companies (164) took part and also organised 30 satellite symposia and expert sessions. The participants, from more than 100 countries worldwide, also had the opportunity to experience Geneva with its world-famous lake whilst also enjoying the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the beautiful city.