It is with immense pleasure that I welcome you to Madrid, also known as El Foro, or The Forum, an alias wholly appropriate for the location of the 2019 EADV Congress from 9-13 October 2019. This is an EADV Congress with many firsts: • The first EADV Congress after record-breaking Paris 2018 with almost 13,000 participants. You will have the opportunity to listen to and exchange with more than 700 star speakers and engage with 150 stimulating sessions about the most up-to-date researches and developments in dermatology and venereology. Our speakers and audience represent more than 70 countries worldwide. • The first EADV Congress with Controversy Sessions. These will take place in the Expert Forum tracks covering a range of topics from topical corticosteroids, to biologics in skin disease, drugs in acne, inflammatory diseases, long term antibiotics and many others. Different opinions are new things to learn, we will be stimulated by the healthy debate that will be sparked. • The first EADV Congress taking place in Southern Europe since Lisbon 2011, giving us the opportunity to enjoy and feel the warmth of the vibrant city of Madrid. After your busy days in scientific sessions, take a moment in the evenings to feel the energy surging through the streets of the capital of Spain. As quoted by Ernest Hemingway, “Don Ernesto”, who fell in love with Madrid in as early as 1923, “Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night.” Enjoy a walk through the tightly packed streets close by the Plaza Mayor, or a quick visit before closing time to one of the famous museums, a leisurely bite in Museo Chicote or dine in Restaurante Botin, following the steps of the author of “Fiesta, The sun also rises” over a glass of tinto de verano. For sure it will be an event not-to-be-missed! I look forward to seeing you in Madrid!