Dear friends,

2007 was a great year for the European Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, thanks to all of you! The 6th European Congress of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (EUFOS) in Vienna was very successful, due mainly to the many high-standard contributions of the subspecialty societies, organized in the European Academy of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (hereafter referred to as the Academy) in co-work with EUFOS. 

But also our charming Austrian hosts Klaus Albegger and Heinz Stammberger did outstanding work, the Mondial Group perfectly organized the meeting and the impressive Hofburg provided an optimal ambience.The Vienna Congress will be a historical landmark for us. During the Closing Session,we defined the aims, objectives and strategies to create a strong and effective united European ORL-HNS organization by way of a friendly merger. During the Congress, it was already decided to offer the Academy's secretariat to all EUFOS activities. Our Society Manager, Ms. Andrea Balcar, can be reached at ++43 1 58804 800 or society@eaorl-hns.org.

Finally in Vienna, the main steps of the merging process of EUFOS and the Academy were defined together with Jan Olofsson, EUFOS' new President, who did perfect work.

Since then, the General Secretaries and Treasurers of both EUFOS and the Academy, together with Reidar Grenman and Richard Maw (both ORL-section of UEMS) have created an excellent constitution of the Confederation, which will now have to be accredited by the General Assemblies of EUFOS and the Academy. It will be distributed within the next few weeks.

For the next 18 months, we should continue to fill our aims and objectives with life. One example would be a timetable for the development of a European Board Certification of ORL-HNS.

Another example would be to encourage some subspecialty societies to develop programmes of subspecialty training. This we should discuss in Barcelona in May 2008. The greatest challenge for the near future, I believe, is to perfectly prepare the Mannheim Meeting, presided by Karl Hörmann.

More than in Vienna, it will be the duty of the subspecialty societies - in co-operation with Karl Hörmann and his group - to send proposals for Instructional Courses and State-of-the-Art Round Tables. For that purpose, we invite each subspecialty society to elect one representative responsible for this task, and to inform Karl Hörmann of their decision until the end of January 2008.

One of Karl's duties will be to offer special time schedules for each subspecialty.

We all want the 1st Academy Meeting - which will be organized in close co-operation with EUFOS - to be a great success!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and with my very best personal regards,

Yours Sincerely,
Klaus