Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is impossible to imagine what would be known in biology and medicine without the work of hundreds of Italian scholars and scientists. Over more than two millennia, from Galen to Golgi, Roman and Italian science have increased our knowledge in the life sciences.
(Paweletz N. From Galen to Golgi: Birth of the life sciences in Italy. Nature Reviews 2001; 2:475–480)

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and the Società Italiana di Allergologia e Immunologia Clinica (SIAIC), I take great pleasure in inviting you to Naples to attend the 21st EAACI Congress that will take place between 1 and 5 June, 2002.
The Local Organising Committee, the Scientific Programme Committee, and the EAACI Sections and Interest Groups have worked hard to construct a well-balanced programme aimed at satisfying the needs and expectations of delegates interested in research and those interested in the clinical aspects of our discipline.
Similarly, we have tried not to loose sight of the fact that EAACI embraces allergology and clinical immunology, and again have tried to create a balance between these two aspects. Naples is a particularly suitable venue to stress the unity of allergology and clinical immunology, Italy being one of the European countries in which allergy and clinical immunology is a medical speciality.
Naples itself needs little introduction. Its roots are lost in time, but its Greek and Roman heritage is here for all to see. Nearer our time, it became host to the world’s first marine biological station, two schools of medicine, several international research institutes and museums that are amongst the finest in the world – all under the shadow of Vesuvius! So my message is, come to Naples and enjoy a well-balanced congress, and the pleasures of Campania felix.

Gianni Marone
President of the 21st EAACI Congress

Dear Colleagues,
The annual congress of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology has become one of the highlights in the scientific activities of allergologists and clinical immunologists. The number of submitted scientific contributions is steadily increasing and – what is even more important – the increase of quality surpasses that of the quantity.
We are very happy that excellent scientific work is presented not only by established researchers but more and more also by our young researchers. The different initiatives taken by EAACI in favour of its Junior Members are certainly contributing to this phenomenon. We follow with great pleasure the increasing involvement and participation of colleagues from Eastern Europe. Scientific collaboration, for which congresses provide an excellent forum, is one of the most important tools to promote friendship and understanding between different regions and cultures.
EAACI is proud to contribute to this process.
Professor Gianni Marone and the Scientific Programme Committee have set up a high quality scientific programme where most of the hot items of allergology and clinical immunology will be discussed. Because our congresses take place annually it is, of course, not necessary to put the same items on the programme every year, but you can be sure that you will hear what you need to hear.
Naples is a very lively and important historical and cultural city, situated in the Bay of Naples, which is one of the most beautiful scenarios in the world. I am sure that the city and surroundings of Naples will inspire delegates and their accompanying persons.
I hope that you will come to Naples in June 2002 and in this way contribute to the dissemination of the actual knowledge of modern allergology and clinical immunology. You will not be deceived!

Paul van Cauwenberge
President, EAACI