EAU History

The origins of our continent-wide Association stretch back to the early 1970s. In over forty years, the EAU has grown enormously in both membership and scope.

 

The foundation of the EAU transcended the political climate that initially divided the continent, putting the improvement of patient care at the forefront of everything it does.

 

Find out more about key dates in the history of our Association: major congresses, scientific breakthroughs and other milestones. Use the timeline to select a year:

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Italy 1972

Prof. Georgio Ravasini, holder of the chair of Urology at the University of Padua, gathered 10 well-known European urologists to discuss the formation of a European urology society.

Secretary General Secretary General

E. Mazo

1973

During the congress of the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the final constituent assembly took place. The EAU was born and welcomed 259 proposed members. As a neutral country, Switzerland was chosen as the permanent home of the EAU headquarters and Prof. Willy Gregoir was elected the first Secretary General.

Secretary General Secretary General

Willy Gregoir

1974

The first EAU Congress, chaired by Prof. Ravasini was held in September 1974 in Padua, Italy. At this congress Prof. G. Mayor officially announced the constitution of European Urology as the official scientific journal of the EAU. The journal was to be published from January 1975 on. Photo: Willy Gregoir, one of the founding fathers and the 1st secretary General of the EAU

Secretary General Secretary General

Willy Gregoir

1975

1st edition of the Association’s journal: European Urology.

Secretary General Secretary General

Willy Gregoir

1978

The decision was taken to open the EAU to all European urologists who wished to become members.

Secretary General Secretary General

Willy Gregoir

1984

During the 6th EAU Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was agreed to use English as the sole official language at future congresses. Prof. A. Steg (FR) was elected Secretary General and succeeded Prof. Gregoir.

  • Chair of the Scientific Committee: Prof. John Blandy
  • Chair of the Film Committee: Prof. Walter De Sy

Secretary General Secretary General

A. Steg

1988

The 1st EAU Willy Gregoir Award was handed out to H. Hopkins. The medal’s design was based on a profile sketch made by Prof. John Blandy

Secretary General Secretary General

A. Steg

1990

The 9th EAU Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, chaired by Prof. Frans Debruyne was preceded by an avalanche of information and clever publicity. More than 1500 papers were received of high scientific quality. The congress attracted an unusually large number of urologists from Central and Eastern Europe and also from the US, Japan, Australia, South-Africa and various Asian countries. At the Amsterdam congress the EAU truly became an “open” association.

  • Chair of the Scientific Committee: Prof. Tage Hald
  • Foundation of the EAU Historical Committee: Dr. Johan Mattelaer
  • Launch of European Urology Today The EAU’s official newsletter

Secretary General Secretary General

A. Steg

1992

At the 10th EAU Congress in Genoa, Italy, chaired by Prof. Giuliani, Prof. Debruyne (NL) succeeded Prof. Steg as Secretary General.

The first EBU exam was conducted.

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

1996

At the General Assembly during the 12th congress in Paris, France, the new structure of the EAU with various new committees for all the new activities were approved. From that moment on, the EAU grew at a tremendous rate in terms of membership, congress participants as well as activities.

  • The 1st Crystal Matula Award was granted to Prof. F. Hamdy, Sheffield (GB)
  • The first time ESU Courses were organised by the European School of Urology
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee: Prof. Laurent Boccon-Gibod

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

1998

From the 13th EAU Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the EAU becomes an annual event. The EAU Central Office takes on the task as the main and sole organiser of the Annual EAU Congress.

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

1999

  • The EAU Office moved to a new building in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

2000

One of our current core activities, the EAU Guidelines, were launched in this year. The aim of the EAU guidelines is to assist practicing clinicians in making informed decisions in a given circumstance; taking the highest quality scientific data, their patient’s personal circumstances, values and preferences into account. Since its introduction in 2000 the EAU Guidelines are used all across the world. They are comprehensively updated on an annual basis and freely accessible for all members.

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

2003

Expanding the European Union

Congress President Vela Navarette mentioned during the EAU Congress News that the 2003 congress in Madrid would be remembered as a milestone in the history of European urology. “The expansion of the European Union to 25 countries means we are the largest urological community in the world. The EAU had made its way in a very short time to being the benchmark of European urology,” said Vela Navarette.

Secretary General Secretary General

F.J.M. Debruyne

2004

After 12 years, Prof. Frans Debruyne resigns and Prof. Pierre Teillac is the new Secretary General of the EAU. Prof. Freddie Hamdy becomes Chair of the Scientific Committee.

Secretary General Secretary General

P. Teillac

2006

The EAU introduced a new corporate house style and logo

Secretary General Secretary General

P. Teillac

2007

Prof. Per-Anders Abrahamsson (SE) was elected as the new Secretary General of the EAU and succeeds Pierre Teillac. Introduction of the EAU ID Card for members.

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2008

EAU Frans Debruyne Lifetime Achievement Award: R. Ackermann, Düsseldorf (DE)

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2010

The EAU has grown into a well-established scientific organisation with numerous scientific activities. The Annual EAU Congress is attended by more than 12,000 delegates and membership has grown from the initial 259 in 1973 to more than 14,000 in 2010!

It’s the 25th Anniversary Congress. The EAU’s International Day featured joint meetings with nine regional urological associations, by far the biggest participation yet from international societies based in Asia, the Americas and the African-Middle East regions

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2011

The new Innovators in Urology Award was handed out to Prof. C.G. Chaussy, Strasslach

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2012

Almost 15,000 visitors followed the congress online. Delegates spent a lot of time online through their mobile devices and actively used the applications developed for the congress. These insights help the EAU to reduce costs, be more environmentally friendly and more oriented towards digital technology.

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2013

Congress president Francesco Montorsi, from Milan, Italy, who also stepped down as Editor in Chief of European Urology at the end of 2013. He is succeeded by James Catto. The New EAU Prostate Cancer Research Award was handed out to L. Ahmad from Glasgow

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson

2015

  • Chris Chapple (GB) succeeds Per-Anders Abrahamsson as Secretary-General
  • Walter Artibani steps down as member of the EAU Executive board

Secretary General Secretary General

P.-A. Abrahamsson