The history of the ERA-EDTA started in London in 1963 where Prof. Stanley Shaldon, Prof. David Kerr and Prof. William Drukker discussed the advantages of having an annual meeting of European nephrologists. This discussion was conceived during the International Symposium on Acute Renal Failure organized by Prof. Shaldon at the Royal Free Hospital on September 2, 1963. A provisional name of the West European Dialysis Association (WEDA) was proposed. A year later, in 1964, EDTA (European Dialysis and Transplant Association – a new name introduced by Prof. Stanley Shaldon) had its first and founding Congress in Amsterdam. In 1981, to cover all aspects of nephrology, the name was enriched with European Renal Association and became EDTA-ERA, what was finally changed to ERA-EDTA in 1995 at the occasion of 30th anniversary.
The main activity of the Society, the annual congresses, developed from a short, one-day meeting to almost a week-long event with up to 9 simultaneous scientific sessions nowadays with many accompanying meetings. One of the most important ERA-EDTA’s endeavors – the Registry was brought to life also in 1964. Located first in Amsterdam, then in London and again moved back in 2000 to Amsterdam. ERA-EDTA has also two well-known journals – Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation (NDT) and Clinical Kidney Journal (previously known as NDT Plus). In 2002 a new electronic educational platform, NDT-Educational, was installed in 2012 the ERA-EDTA Council decided to install a new body – Young Nephrologists’ Platform. Through the years ERA-EDTA developed also a lot of additional activities: CME Courses, Fellowships, Working Groups, Research Programme (SAB), Guidelines (ERBP), ERA-EDTA Activation Committees, ComIA and collaboration with other National and International Societies.
Keywords European Renal Association, European Dialysis and Transplant Association, ERA-EDTA