Professor Aleš RYŠKA
ESP President

Dear members of the European Society of Pathology, dear colleagues, and friends,

it is my great honor and pleasure to address you for the first time as the President of our Society.

I take the presidency with very humble feelings and with huge respect to previous presidents, who made our Society really great. The French philosopher Bernard de Chartres used to compare us to dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. He pointed out that we can see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature. Thus, I only hope that I will fulfil your expectations and move ESP a couple of steps further in the right direction.

Firstly, I want to express my sincere and deep thanks to all Officers and members of the Council, who served the Society during their periods. My thanks belong to our immediate past President, Prof. Holger Moch, his predecessor, Prof. Dina Tiniakos, and to our Secretary, Prof. Aurelio Ariza. I can hardly express how much I have learned from them during the last years. It is good to know that despite the fact, that they are now leaving their posts, they will be still active in the ESP agenda, and we can exploit their experience for the benefit of our Society.

If you participated in the ESP General Assembly you already know that another key ESP Expert who leaves his office is Prof. Peter Schirmacher, who served as Chair of the Education Subcommittee. It is not only because his 2-year period is over now, but most importantly because he was unanimously elected as our new President-Elect. The vacant post of Chair of the Education Subcommittee has been filled by another great candidate, Prof. Xavier Matias-Guiu from Spain. ESP also has a new Secretary, as Prof. Janina Kulka from Hungary was elected to this position. Last, but certainly not least - two members of the ESP Council are also leaving – Profs. Glen McCluggage and Anastasia Konstantinidou.

The newly elected members of the Council are Profs. Jean-Christophe Sabourin (France) and Marta Cohen (United Kingdom). I wish them all a lot of energy in their new positions. I am absolutely sure that all together we will make a great and productive team.

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ESP Vision and Mission Statement
Vision: Excellence in pathology for optimal patient care.
Mission: As the leading force in European pathology, the European Society of Pathology (ESP) promotes high quality pathology diagnosis for all patients, up-to-date education across Europe and support cutting-edge research to understand disease and translate science into clinical practice. 
Message from the ESP President about the Ukrainian crisis
The European Society of Pathology (ESP) stands united in its ultimate solidarity with Ukraine and Ukrainian Pathologists in such extraordinary times. We are deeply concerned and saddened by the tragic developments in Ukraine.

As a priority affiliated partner, ESP will support Ukrainian colleagues and their families by any possible means in facing the unprecedented economic and psych-social challenges. ESP has decided to set up an emergency fund to alleviate the suffering of our Ukrainian colleagues and their families as well as to support basic living standards.

Aleš Ryška
ESP President
On behalf of the ESP Executive Committee 

Virchows Archiv

Virchows Archiv (European Journal of Pathology) is the Official Journal of the ESP.

The Journal is edited by an editorial committee composed of an Editor in Chief, who is appointed by the Executive Committee, and Associate Editors, who are selected by the Editor in Chief.

The mission of the Journal is to advance the scientific basis of human pathology by the publication of high quality research, including molecular and translational studies, and thereby contribute to patient care.

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