On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and the Austrian Society of Allergology and Immunology I cordially invite you to the XXV Congress of the EAACI to be held in Vienna, 10-14 June, 2006.

Vienna's tradition as a central European city goes back to ancient times. It has been the capital of the "Holy Roman Empire" and the Habsburgian Monarchy for centuries and is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. The surrounding countries had great influence on Vienna's culture, architecture and cuisine and we consider Vienna a true melting pot for many European nations. In 2006 it will be 100 years since the Austrian pediatrician Clemens von Pirquet coined the term ALLERGY. In an effort to continue this tradition, we and the EAACI Executive Committee as well as representatives of the EAACI Sections and Interest Groups will generate a successful scientific program of the highest standards comprising all aspects of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. Our believe is that better patient care originates from basic research and is reflected by the Congress theme "Basic Science in Allergology and Clinical Immunology, a Prerequisite for Improving Patient Care".

We are confident that the Congress will offer interesting sessions for all of you and that you can spend memorable days discovering the rich past and present of Vienna and its surroundings. You will be able to enjoy the many sights of Vienna including the museums, the operas, concert halls, castles, traditional inns and small wineries (Heurigen), the Vienna Woods,
the Danube valley and the nearby most beautiful Lake Neusiedl with its vineyards.
I do hope that you will note the dates June 10-14, 2006 in your diary. The Local Organising Committee will do its best to make this Congress in Vienna a most memorable scientific, social and cultural event.

Rudolf Valenta
Professor, Medical University of Vienna
President of the Local Organising Committee

EAACI is delighted to be holding its
2006 Congress in Vienna. The tradition
of medical science in Vienna is very
strong, and includes a number of key
observations in the field of allergy &
clinical immunology.

Rudi Valenta and his local team have
worked closely with our scientific programme committee to put together
an exciting programme of symposia
and workshops for our education and
enlightenment. This will be complemented by an excellent social programme in the capital of coffee houses and Gemütlichkeit.

EAACI continues to grow in strength, and we are particularly proud that the average age of our membership continues to fall, as more and more young scientists join our academy and take part in itsactivities. Vienna will be no exception, and we look forward to all the usual junior members’ activities, as well as the excellent science
that the young researchers bring to present for discussion.

EAACI Congresses are focused on our primary goal - to meet the educational and scientific needs of all clinicians and scientists involved in understanding and managing allergic disorders. We extend a warm welcome to all clinicians interested in allergic conditions, regardless of their primary specialisation. In addition to
our forum for scientific exchange covering all aspects of asthma and the relevant areas of immunology, we have created special tracks in the programme for pediatricians, pulmologists, ENT specialists, and dermatologists.

The EAACI Congress has become the premier meeting for allergy & asthma in Europe. I cordially invite you to submit your research to the meeting, to register for the meeting and all the various optional
programmes, and to have a wonderful time in Vienna in June.

Tony Frew
President, European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology


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