Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great pleasure and a honour to invite you to attend the 24th Congress of the European Society for Paediatric Urology in Genoa, April 24-27th, 2013.

In the past centuries Genoa has been a wealthy and powerful Maritime Republic that has extended its infuence and its network of trade centers all over the Mediterranean sea. During Middle Age and Renaissance, Genoa, enriched by its traders and bankers, has been embellished by numerous mansions and palaces, recently refurbished, and that, now, host large and precious collections of italian and european painters. The Congress Venue is in the ancient, medieval harbour, in a unique position, close to the Acquarium, one of the largest in Europe and at a walking distance from the historicalcenter, the Cathedral and most of the ancient palaces.

Genoa is located in the center of Riviera Ligure. This marvellous position gives you the opportunity to visit wonderful small and well known touristic villages like Camogli and Portofino, that can easily be reached in less than one hour from the City center. As you can see there are many good reasons for a visit to Genoa, not to mention the renowned gastronomic traditions, of which the famous pesto sauce is world known to all.

We all will do our best to continue the tradition of scientifc excellence that all the past ESPU Annual Congresses have pursued, and to provide an interesting and up-to-date, scientifc program enriched by contributions from all over the world.

We hope to see all of you on the shores of the Mediterranean see.

Emilio Merlini
Vincenzo Jasonni
Congress Chairmen

Göran Läckgren
President ESPU