It is with the greatest pleasure that I invite you to join us at the upcoming joint EULAR/PReS European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) / Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) meeting in Madrid; this is a special moment for pediatric rheumatology.

In Lisbon in 2018 we celebrated the 25th PReS conference and launched a new mission and strategic programme: PReS 2025. Together, we, healthcare professionals, scientists, patients and parent groups, took a commitment to the following common goal: To advance the care and improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people with rheumatic conditions.

We are not alone in this commitment. Through the years, EULAR has been our natural partner, and for a good reason: Our patients also need the best possible care after their 18th birthday. Our efforts today are intended to offer our patients the very best chance to follow their dreams and aspirations tomorrow – and beyond. To achieve our common objective, our adult colleagues are our strongest allies. Since the first PReS congress took place 25 years ago, EULAR PReS has held joint conferences to share and exchange knowledge. Because of the importance of our alliance, this year EULAR and the PReS council have decided to take the joint congress to a next level: This year, we will build a truly integrated programme. It will be the opportunity to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new: Pediatric rheumatology will be visible and integrated throughout the full EULAR Congress programme. ENCA (European Network for Children with Arthritis) and PARE (People with Arthritis / Rheumatism in Europe) as well as Young PARE; Emeunet (EMerging EUlar NETwork) and Emerge (EMErging RheumatoloGists and rEsearchers) and scientists and health professionals from both EULAR and PRES – we all will be meeting and working together with a simple common goal: To make a difference to our patients.

This offers exceptional possibilities for our visitors, for together, EULAR/PReS is stronger. We can learn from each other and get inspired by new perspectives offered by our colleagues.

All this in the magical city of Madrid: The city of Velazquez, Cervantes and Lorca. Madrid, the city of a brand-new and inspirational EULAR/PReS 2019 Congress. I am looking forward to welcoming you to Madrid.

Berent J. Prakken
PReS President