Rudolf Virchow, the founder of modern pathology, was the prototype of a researcher accomplishing a close interaction between social politics and molecular research which is nowadays still critical for establishing a successful treatment and prevention of complex disorders such as diabetes mellitus. The EASD Annual Meeting promises to offer exciting insights into the most recent research findings in all aspects of diabetology. Berlin mirrors the most important recent political developments in the western world which have transformed it into a truly international city with extraordinary architecture, uniting historical buildings with contemporary design. It will commence with the Opening Ceremony on the morning of Tuesday, 2 October. I look forward to welcoming you to Berlin where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting scientific conference in a rich cultural and historical setting.