Dear Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Children are our future. This phrase - albeit much-quoted - is very true. In consequence, Paediatric Medicine is an investment in the future. Only recently, the Medical University of Vienna has constituted a big Paediatric Centre for Children, which now also includes the St. Anna Hospital.
A child´s illness always needs to be seen within the wider context of the society in which he or she lives. This applies to the children living in our big multicultural city in the centre of Europe as well as to those living in South-Eastern Europe. To reduce health inequalities in children is without doubt a highly valuable goal and a human right. By promoting and actively supporting that goal the Medical University of Vienna assumes its social responsibility.
This conference takes our activities beyond the walls of our university and out into the European Union. I am sure that this very diverse meeting will produce numerous suggestions and visions.