The European Association for the Study of Diabetes e.V. (EASD) is a non-profit, medical scientific association. It is one of the largest networks for diabetologists worldwide. EASD holds its Annual Meeting in a different European city each year with more than 15,000 delegates from over 130 countries attending. The 53rd EASD Annual Meeting will take place in at the International Fair of Lisbon (FIL). The sessions will take place at the FIL and in the adjacent MEO Arena with the meeting starting with Symposia on 11 September and the Opening Session on the morning of Tuesday, 12 September. Always a rewarding meeting, with opportunities to make new contacts, meet old friends and stimulate creative exchange, we look forward to welcoming you in September 2017 for the 53rd EASD Annual Meeting in Lisbon.