® Just over 1500 participants from 71 countries gathered in Budapest on the eve of European Union enlargement, which marked the entry of eight eastern European and two Mediterranean countries as new EU member states, to exchange science, research and experiences. At the opening ceremony guests were welcomed by the Symposium President Attila Horváth and EADV President Jean-Hilaire Saurat and all enjoyed a Hungarian evening with traditional village music played by the Takros Ensemble. The scientific programme, carefully prepared by Attila Horváth, Secretary General Sarolta Kárpáti and Chairman of the Local Scientific Committee Lajos Kemény, focused on combining clinical practice and basic science. The gala dinner took place in the beautiful Museum of Applied Art, where Hungarian music and dance, performed by one of the most famous folklore ensembles, made it a memorable event.
Lajos Kemény and Attila Horváth
Budapest’s spectacular Parliament on the Danube
Dancers performing traditional Hungarian dances during the opening ceremony