Welcome Address

Dear ESP Members, Dear Colleagues and Friends,


I am very honoured to be the new President of the European Society of Pathology (ESP). I was nominated as President – elected two years ago – and have witnessed many evolutionary changes in our Society. These changes have been possible due to the great achievements of the previous Executive Committee, the Council, the Education Subcommittee, the Advisory Board, the Working Groups and other committees under the leadership of Professor Dina Tiniakos. The 2019 ESP Strategy Meeting in Athens was organised to develop a new vision and mission for our Society. The recommendations of the ESP Strategy Meeting are now approved by the Council and will be implemented in the next five years.

The transformation of the ESP will be associated with the new vision: Excellence in pathology for optimal patient care. Our mission is to promote high quality pathology diagnosis for all patients, to promote up-to-date education across Europe and to support cutting-edge research to understand disease and translate science into clinical practice. It is acknowledged that ESP plays an important role to provide cutting-edge information using digital pathology as well as traditional platforms. These tools and the annual Congress of the European Society will strengthen the ESP educational and scientific offerings to the ESP members.

Professor Holger Moch


Who we are

The European Society of Pathology is the leading force in European pathology. The primary aim of ESP is to promote:

  • High quality diagnostic prac­tice
  • Applied and translational research
  • Under- and postgraduate education in the field of human pathology.

This is achieved through our congresses, our journal Virchows Archiv, and our European School of Pathology, which or­ganises a variety of postgraduate courses and quality assurance projects in diagnostic molecular pathology.

The ESP also interacts with national pathology societies in Europe and has developed close collaboration with UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spéciali­stes) and EAPCP (European Association of Pathology Chairs and Programme Directors).The ESP headquarters in Brussels serve as hub for European Pathology organisations. 


ESP First Founding Fathers Meeting in Brussels 30th March 1963.

Membership benefits

Professional networking and growth opportunities

Bursaries available for the European Congresses of Pathology of the ESP

Preferred access to the Journal of Hematopathology
10 EUR per year for the online version
38 EUR per year for the paper version

Access to Virchows Archiv

Membership fee
50 EUR per year, which includes the online version of Virchows Archiv
80 EUR per year, which includes also the paper version of Virchows Archiv
No membership fee for residents

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