Dear friends and colleagues,

Every second year we convene somewhere in Europe, meet to discuss among ourselves, learn from each other, promote ourselves and our departments. We come with new ideas, latest results looking forward to sharing them and hoping to participate in the progress of interventional pulmonology, making it a fast-growing field.

The next European Congress of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (ECBIP), 5th in the row will take place in Dubrovnik, a beautiful medieval town on the Adriatic coast. Many renowned statesmen, famous movie stars and other celebrities have visited Dubrovnik so now it is time for famous bronchologysts to converge to this southmost part of Croatian coast.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming more than 500 participants from all over Europe and Overseas. Eminent experts will come and give state of the art lectures but also young and ambitious fellows are invited to send their work, their abstracts. They will be reviewed and selected either for oral presentations or poster sessions. An exhibition area will enable companies to present us their innovations and latest equipment we could use in our everyday work for the benefit of patients. Workshops and sponsored satellite symposia will be organized. We are dedicated to make the congress venue lively as a beehive, bursting with discussions and new ideas, encouraging new contacts and collaborations.

The Congress is focused on interventional pulmonology but it will integrate pulmonology, oncology, and pathology making it more attractive and interesting to a wide range of specialists. We will discuss diagnosis and treatment of peripheral lesions, ways to resolve benign and malignant central airway obstructions, modalities of treatment for emphysema and obstructive lung diseases, diagnostic options for pleural diseases and therapeutic possibilities, among others. Our aim is to give you the best Congress ever.

So please, mark the date in your calendars. Let the begging of May be your time for learning, socializing and enjoying in the company of fellow bronchoscopist from all over Europe, from all over the world in a beautiful surrounding.

We will be waiting for you and will do our best to make it a memorable experience.

Mihovil Roglić, M.D.

Organizing committee chair