Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the board of the European Society of Human Genetics, it is my privilege to invite you to the annual European Human Genetics Conference, which in 2019 will take place in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden, from the 15th to the 18th of June. As a Norwegian I am especially pleased to welcome you to a meeting in Scandinavia that will let you experience the famous Scandinavian mid-summer. If you have time I recommend to stay a few extra days to experience the magnificent Swedish west coast.

The purpose of our annual meetings is threefold: to give you excellent science, to teach you human genetics, and to provide an optimal environment for making new contacts and finding new friends. Our Scientific Program Committee (SPC) has worked hard to invite the best speakers from various sectors of human genetics, and to select the best abstracts for platform presentations. The scientific content is thus a nice and balanced mixture of invited talks (the concurrent symposia) and selected abstract presentations (the concurrent sessions). Throughout the meeting we also provide educational talks for those of you that are not that scientific, or that need to get updated or get an overview on various topics (that probably means all of you). These educational talks are also given by invited speakers, all with expert general knowledge of their subject.

A unique and usually fondly memorable event of our conferences is the Monday evening party. This is not only arranged for the young but also for those that want to feel young – and those that just want to meet and talk to friends in a relaxed atmosphere. As a bonus you get good food and excellent music – for an affordable and subsidized price.

As you hopefully have noticed, ESHG is everything you need in human genetics, whatever your professional background. Our exhibitors also enjoy this plurality, showcasting their range of products for both clinical and laboratory work. We hope to see as many of you as possible in Gothenburg, and hope you will return back home with the feeling that the ESHG meeting is a major meeting in human genetics that you really do not want to miss.

Gunnar Houge
European Society of Human Genetics

Gunnar Houge
Gunnar HougePresident of the ESHG