On behalf of the European Society of Pathology (ESP) and the Swiss Society of Pathology (SGPath) we are pleased to invite you to the 34th European Congress of Pathology (ECP 2022) held from the 3 to 7 September 2022 at the Congress Centre in the middle of the city of Basel, Switzerland. After two years of virtual congresses, we sincerely hope to finally meet you all in person again in the lovely city of Basel in the Northwestern part of Switzerland. For a few days, Basel will be the centre for the international European pathology, bringing together all stakeholders of pathology including pathologists, clinicians, molecular biologist, geneticists, bioinformaticians, IT experts as well as our partners in the industry. The motto for the ECP 2022 – The Art of next generation pathology – encompasses the broad range of modern pathology, including next generation technologies as well as the next generation of pathologists but also points to the intuition and passion necessary in pathology as part of the Art of Medicine for the best management and maximal benefit for our patients. As usually, the ESP working groups and affiliated Societies have invested a lot of energy to prepare excellent state-of-the art organ and topic-based sessions, including multiple joint sessions, updating and broadening the scope of organ-based pathology. Special sessions focusing on recent research findings will also be organised jointly with other pathology and clinical scientific societies. Keynote lectures held by internationally recognised experts, oral free papers, posters as well as sessions organised by our trainees will cover a broad spectrum of topics – from cutting edge scientific developments to more common problems in diagnostic and academic pathology, as well as hot topics like implementation of artificial intelligence into pathology practice. Basel, generally considered the cultural capital of Switzerland, spans the arc between history and modernity, harboring the first University of Switzerland, founded in 1460, internationally known museums, a charming old town as well as a florid hotspot of biomedical research and industry. At the same time, cozy restaurants and places to stay invite you to spend your time together, cultivate old friendships and make new ones. We are looking forward to welcoming you and sharing with you an excellent time in Basel.