® A record number of participants for a spring meeting attended the 5 th EADV Spring Symposium in Istanbul: 2983 people registered from 75 countries. After the opening welcome by the Symposium Chairman Prof Mehmet Ali Gürer and the EADV President Prof Alberto Giannetti, the partici- pants enjoyed a spectacular performance of typical Turkish dances. “Binding the Continents” was the theme of this event, dermatologists from all continents met each other in the historic city of Istanbul on the border of Europe and Asia. The nice weather, the beauty of the Bosphorus and many historical places in Istanbul, all seemed to contribute to the high attendance at the scientific sessions. The Gala Dinner took place in the fantastic Binbirdirek Cistern which was constructed by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine and it was a very exciting experience. During the closing ceremony, the flag was handed over to Prof Dan Forsea from Bucharest, the host city of the 6 th Symposium.
Whirling Dervishes and Turkish dancers
Mehmet Ali Gürer
performing during the opening ceremony
Johannes Ring (centre) and Mehmet Ali Gürer handing over the EADV flag to Dan Forsea (left)