On behalf of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO), Prof. Dr. med. Gustav Steinhoff invites you to the XXXIX. ESAO Congress to be held in Rostock (Germany), September 26th – 29th, 2012. Rostock is a prospering and easy-to-reach hanseatic city directly located at the Baltic Sea coast. The venue of the ESAO 2012 congress is the Academy of Music and Theatre, which resides in an old monastery in the city centre. Rostock is home to one of the oldest universities in the world: founded in 1419. The motto of the ESAO Congress 2012 will be “from replacement to regeneration – from science to clinic”. The meeting will provide a clear program structure by highlighting one special organ system each congress day: heart/cardiovascular, liver and kidney. Above all the congress program integrates aspects of both basic science and clinical development with a clear focus on translation and clinical practice. We intend to prepare an excellent and exciting congress by inviting outstanding experts and by giving young and promising clinicians and scientists the opportunity to present their work. Especially for young scientists there will be one day for yESAO activities. Industry symposia, a poster exhibition and an industrial exhibition will complete the congress program.