this issue of European Surgery represents a very special spectrum of necessary and outstanding information. The enthusiastic personality of the president of the Austrian Surgical Society, Prof. Dr. Dietmar Öfner-Velano, motivated a broad-spectrum firework of highly stimulating papers dealing with an essential and very important topic: surgical education in Austria and Central Europe.
The future counts, and there will be no successful future if the present generation of teachers fail to care. In addition, young surgeons have to prepare themselves for their future: they will be the surgeons who will have to master and meet the requirements of the future. Surgery can be minimal, invasive, complex, and interdisciplinary.