The purpose of this annual meeting is threefold: to give delegates excellent science, to teach delegates human genetics, and to provide an optimal environment for making new contacts and finding new friends. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) has worked hard to invite the best speakers from various sectors of human genetics, and to select the best abstracts for platform presentations. The scientific content is thus a nice and balanced mixture of invited talks (the concurrent symposia) and selected abstract presentations (the concurrent sessions). Throughout the meeting there will also be educational talks for those who are not that scientific, or that need to get updated or get an overview on various topics (that probably means all attendees). These educational talks are also given by invited speakers, all with expert general knowledge of their subject.