Article written by Newcastle MEP Jude Kirton-Darling after she met with EASL Scientific Committee member Dr Helen Louise Reeves, other NE hepatologists and EASL EU Director of Public Affairs, Fiona Godfrey in Newcastle, UK, recently.
Now 3333 members from 103 countries


EASL history book cover In April 2010, the EASL history book was revealed during the International Liver Congress™ in Vienna, Austria, and distributed as a special gift to all EASL members.

The book recollects the creation of EASL and explains how, 44 years since its inception, our association has become an influential and major international organisation within Europe and, indeed, worldwide.

The volume was compiled by Prof. Roger Williams, Prof. Heiner Wedemeyer and a family of 32 EASL contributors using personal accounts and materials taken from the EASL archives. Thank you to everyone that contributed!

Photos of Prof. Roger Williams signing copies of the book in Vienna can be seen below.

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Almost 50 years commitment to liver research

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) was founded on April 23rd, 1966 in Marburg/Lahn by Prof. Gustav-Adolf Martini, MD. His main aim was to strengthen international knowledge and cooperation - specifically within the field of hepatological research. He succeeded, along with scientific colleagues, in inviting between 70 to 80 European hepatologists to Marburg for a two-day symposium on hepatology. This meeting proceeded successfully in a very fruitful, personable, friendly atmosphere and marked the beginning of EASL.

It was agreed that EASL should serve as a loose association of physicians and scientists with an interest in liver research and would have neither fixed membership nor a board of directors. Meetings would be held annually with the venue rotating through different European countries.

Its foundation was inspired by the existence of the AASLD (American Association for the Study of the Liver, est. November 1949) and the IASL (International Association for the Study of the Liver, est.1958).

EASL's first meeting 1966 Prof. Sheila Sherlock, second president of EASL (for the meeting in Gothenburg in 1967), was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hepatology from 1984 to 1989.

Due to a rapidly increasing number of participants and abstracts submitted for presentation at meetings, the formerly "loose" association quickly developed into an official organization with solicitors, scientific committee and a set meeting structure. The decision to have a fixed membership came later, however, in 1984.

The main objective of EASL is "to attract mainly young and active investigators to exchange current views and results, and have enough time for real discussions". (Martini, 1991)




We are proud to announce that EASL now has a real home: The EASL Building - Home of European Hepatology. The EASL Building officially opened its doors in Rue Daubin, Geneva, on June 30, 2013. The building houses the EASL Office staff including the editiorial team of the Journal of Hepatology. Please come and visit us here should you ever be around.

View below some pictures of the official opening of the EASL Building.