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Word of Welcome

Dear Friends of Paediatric Urology, Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to invite you to the 26


Congress of the European Society for Paediatric

Urology. In continuing with the tradition, this will be a Joint Meeting with Society for Peadiatric

Urology, American Association of Pediatric Urologists, American Academy of Pediatrics/Section

on Urology, Society for Fetal Urology and International Children’s Continence Society. This promises

to be one of the largest gatherings of paediatric urologists from across all continents providing

an exciting experience for sharing knowledge and develop friendships.

The ESPU was born in 1989, the same year when democracy experienced renaissance at a large

part of Central and Eastern Europe. After Budapest in 2002, Prague is the second city in this region

to act as a host of the ESPU Congress.

Prague (in Czech Praha) is a more than one-thousand year old town with the oldest university in the

Middle Europe founded by the Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV in 1348.

The University (called Charles University) consisted from four faculties: faculty of Law, Philosophy,

Theology and Medicine. By founding the Prague New Town, the King Charles extended the

historical Prague considerably (basically that remains up to present time) and connected historical

towns by a stone-built bridge, called Charles Bridge. A town “of hundred spires” with centuries-old

architecture situated along the banks of the wild Vltava river, scenic Petrín hill with a copy of Eiffel

Tower, Prague Castle as the oldest permanent leader‘s residence of the country in Europe, and

rich cultural history attracts visitors from all over the world. We believe that you as well are going

to be absorbed in its beauty and spare some more time to visit other interesting places in the


The congress venue of Prague Congress Centre is situated in proximity of the historical centre with

a magnificent view of the Prague panorama you are going to enjoy during coffee breaks and

hope that will inspire you for some relaxation after traditionally exhausting scientific programme.

This programme is primarily created by you, dear colleagues, and we are looking forward to your

papers and original ideas that push forward our medical knowledge in order to help our small

children and improve their quality of life.

Rest assured that the Board of the ESPU, the joint scientific committee and the congress organizing

committee have prepared an attractive scientific and social programme for you.

We hope you will have a productive and enjoyable time in Prague, Czech Republic.

Gianantonio Manzoni

ESPU President

Radim Kočvara

Congress President