After the special issue, published on the occasion of the International EUROEPI 2010 meeting held in Florence last November, in this first issue of 2011 E&P takes another look at epidemiology in Europe. On page 12, a paper by Segnan & Gallo compares Italian epidemiologic research with that of other countries. Below is an interview with representatives of various European epidemiologic societies. We asked them to draw a picture of the state of the discipline in the continent, its relationship with the public health sector, the level of collaboration of research centres in the 26 European countries, as well as to outline strategies for future development. Here is what they answered.