Welcome to Amsterdam

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and the Netherlands Society of Allergology it is my pleasure to invite you to the 23rd EAACI Congress, that takes place from 12 to 16 June 2004 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The registration of the Constitution and Bylaws in Utrecht in 1957 and a congress in The Hague in the early days of EAACI illustrates the historical link between EAACI and the Netherlands. Eleven years after the 1993 congress in Rotterdam, we are happy to welcome you again to the Netherlands.

Together with the sections, the interest groups and the Scientific Programme Co-ordinator we have worked very hard to present you a scientific programme meeting the scientific standards of EAACI. We are proud to present you the outlines of the programme in this 2nd announcement.

This year the focus will be on ”The young investigator at the frontiers of Allergy”. Not only by inviting young people, but also by the emphasis on unopposed poster sessions and by gathering the best oral communications in Allergy Forums. By putting these sessions centrally, both in location and time we are trying to lay the foundation of our theme.

Why should you go to Amsterdam? The answer you will find in its museums, the canals, the parks, and the historical houses built in the Golden Age, but also in its relaxed atmosphere and the compactness of the city. From the RAI, the venue of the Congress, it takes 15 minutes to be in the city centre but also in 15 minutes you are at the airport. Most of the city you can see by tram and by foot. For years Amsterdam has been the city of all ages. Amsterdam offers you an entertaining stay and a pleasant setting for an international Congress.

For the social evening we take you to the Amsterdam Convention Factory. It was here, at the oldest shipbuilding yard of Amsterdam dating back from the 17th century, where Stork Wärtsila developed their massive ship-diesel-engines far into the 20th century. Nowadays, it is a top-venue for large events. The Netherlands has historical bonds with Indonesia, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles. The social evening takes you to Holland and these countries, to their music, their entertainment and their cuisine.

We hope to meet you, members and non-members of the EAACI, interested and involved in Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
See you in Amsterdam.

Roy Gerth van Wijk
President of the Local Organising Commitee


Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you all to the 23rd Congress of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, which will take place in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. EAACI is fortunate and happy to know that year after year another national society of our continent is organising the most prestigious congress, which is the backbone of our common academy.

Our friends and colleagues from the local organising committee
under the leadership of Roy Gerth van Wijk together with the
Scientific Programme Committee have been working hard to put
together a most stimulating programme which will cover a broad
field of our specialty including a variety of basic as well as clinical
issues. I would especially like to acknowledge the input of our
sections, which guarantees that the expertise of all subspecialities is adequately represented in the annual programme of our congress in order to make sure that the most exciting and advanced research contributions will be covered.

In 2004 the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical
Immunology together with 25 allergological centres of excellence all over the continent will join for the GA2LEN network, which has
been granted by the European Union under the 6th Framework
Programme for Research. Under the leadership of our past
president, Professor Paul van Cauwenberge, we will have the unique opportunity to build up a clinical and research network which is committed to allergy and clinical immunology in Europe to strengthen the quality of allergy service on our continent and to do our best for graduate and postgraduate allergy education in all

I am particularly pleased with the fact that GA2LEN network will
include a strong programme for mobility, training and education of young scientists. EAACI is looking forward to join forces which the best clinicians and researchers in our continent in order to improve the quality of life for allergic patients all over Europe.
I am very much looking forward to meet as many as possible of you in Amsterdam in 2004. I am sure that the days of our common congress in Amsterdam with their scientific programme as well as their social events will be an unforgettable event for all of us.