Session proposals ERS 2019

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Below you will find information on session proposal deadlines, priority topics and session types.

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Session proposal deadlines

Call open Deadline Submission type
10 June 2019  16 July 2019

1st round Vienna 2020:

  • Symposia proposals only
December 2019 March 2020

2nd round submissions for Vienna 2020:

  • Hot topic proposals only


Priority topics for Madrid 2019

The programme will cover the most recent topics on research and clinical practice, including:

Assembly Topics
1 - Clinical
  • Imaging
  • Clinical grand round
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic options for solitary pulmonary nodule
  • Interventional pneumology
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation beyond exercise training
2 - Respiratory intensive care
  • New insights in non-invasive ventilatory assistance
  • Results from RCTs that change mechanical ventilation practice
  • New insight in weaning from mechanical ventilation: results from WEAN SAFE
  • Chronic NIV in COPD patients
  • Targeting the respiratory muscles in the ICU
3 - Basic and translational sciences
  • Building and rebuilding the lung: from development to regenerative medicine
  • Epigenetic/Genetic-environment interactions at the epithelial surface
  • Animal-free models of lung diseases
  • Metabolic alterations as a driver of chronicity in lung diseases
  • Host-pathogen interactions: from mechanistic understanding to treatment
4 - Clinical physiology and sleep
  • Personalized management in obstructive and central sleep apnoea
  • Sleep and exercise interaction
  • New methods and technologies for lung function assessment
  • Obesity: pathophysiology, diagnostical challenges, multidisciplinary treatment
  • Changes and challenges of telemedicine and big data
5 - Airway diseases, asthma and COPD
  • Innovative therapeutics in airway diseases
  • Personalised management of airway diseases
  • Inhaled biologicals to treat lung disease
  • Allergic and non-allergic insights in severe asthma
  • Adult-onset asthma
6 - Epidemiology and environment
  • What can both big data and classical epidemiology contribute to solving chronic respiratory ill health?
  • How close are we to effective primary (and secondary) prevention of lung diseases using evidence based strategies?
  • The workplaces and living environments of tomorrow; what are the future respiratory risks for a changing workforce?
  • What will future population respiratory ill health look like and what new interventions will be required to prevent these?
  • How we collectively intervene respiratory disease in lower economically developed countries at individual, work domestic levels?
7 - Paediatrics
  • What's new in diagnostics in pediatric respiratory diseases
  • Off label treatment in pediatric respiratory diseases
  • Onset of asthma switched off?
  • Pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis
  • Paediatric respiratory meets paediatric ENT
8 - Thoracic surgery and transplantation
  • Update on lung transplantation
  • Minimally invasive era: thoracic surgical perspectives
  • New perspectives in thoracic surgical oncology
  • Management of pleural drainage: from insertion to removal
  • Extracorporeal lung support
9 - Allied respiratory professionals
  • The role of exercise in prevention of extra-pulmonary features
  • Standardization of respiratory/peripheral muscle assessment
  • Quality control of lung function assessment
  • The role and impact of allied respiratory professionals (Psychology/Occupational therapy/Dietary therapy/Nursing/Speech language therapy)
  • Coaching healthy behaviour
10 - Respiratory infections
  • The role of exercise in prevention of extra-pulmonary features+B47:B51
  • How vaccination works and which respiratory diseases can be prevented
  • Screening for respiratory diseases
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • The environmental causes of respiratory disease
11 - Thoracic oncology
  • Pulmonary side effects of current therapies in lung cancer
  • New imaging modalities in thoracic malignancy
  • Mesothelioma - beyond chemotherapy. The role of immunotherapy
  • New modalities of molecular analysis in lung cancer
  • Local treatment for metastatic disease
12 - Interstitial lung diseases
  • Progressive fibrotic ILDs: lumpers vs splitters
  • Integrated approaches in diagnosis of ILDs
  • Controversies in ILDs
  • Acute ILDs: clinical aspects and molecular mechanisms
  • Granulomatous disorders: sarcoidosis and beyond
13 - Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Unexplained areas of the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
  • Management of severe right heart failure
  • Management of special populations with PE
  • Early diagnosis of PH
  • Advanced therapies for PE beyond anticoagulation

* Topics last updated: June 2018


Session types

Please note: For the Vienna Congress 2020 only Symposia and Hot topics sessions will be open for the submission.


Postgraduate courses

Skills workshops

In these 2-hour long sessions four renowned experts present key aspects of respiratory medicine, or topics of interest to respiratory professionals. Each symposium is chaired by two specialists in the presented topic. Symposia are open to all Congress delegates.

These courses aim to improve knowledge and skills that will be applied in the daily practice of clinicians, respiratory scientists and healthcare professionals. The information disseminated during the course should introduce the basic concepts and established practices rather than scientific work in progress. Registration for these courses is additional to the congress registration fee.

The workshops are designed to allow participants to gain practical skills in different disciplines of respiratory medicine. The workshops will revolve around 4 workstations and use interactive demonstrations and equipment instead of traditional presentations and lectures. Registration for these workshops is additional to the congress registration fee.

Meet the expert Challenging clinical cases Professional development workshops

In these sessions, an expert is on hand to stimulate discussion, answer questions and offer advice. The format encourages a more personal approach to learning. Each of the lunchtime expert sessions are limited to 50 participants. Registration for these sessions is additional to the congress registration fee.

These case-based sessions allow participants to understand the history, pathology, analysis and treatment of complex clinical cases in different subject areas. The session leaders, along with the clinical case presenters, will encourage and facilitate a discussion in order to examine and discuss each case.

Participants are encouraged to actively participate in the session and the discussions. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.

Professional development activities aim to provide participants with practical tips and guidelines on how to be more well-rounded health professionals. The maximum number of participants is 50 per session, and registration for these workshops is additional to the congress registration fee.

Hot topics Grand round Year in review

Hot topic sessions cover the latest developments in respiratory medicine or in topics of interest to respiratory professionals. Each hot topic session is chaired by two specialists in the presented topic. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.


Grand rounds are interactive sessions, where cases of interest to a wide audience are presented and well documented. The audience will be solicited to give by vote an opinion at each step of the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.

The Year in review sessions aim at providing an overview of what was recently published, discovered, on a specific topic. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.

Lungs on Fire

These interactive sessions will see a panel of experts being put to the test against the audience to diagnose various clinical cases. The panel of experts will discover the cases at the same time as the audience. Each session will be led by a discussant, who will be the only person in the room with the details about the cases. Participants will be able to answer multiple-choice questions throughout the session.

The aim is to give the audience an opportunity to study real challenging clinical cases, to learn and exchange ideas with a panel of respiratory experts and to discuss the various diagnosis and treatment options. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.


The ERS Congress Programme Committee encourages you to develop a session that includes faculty members of varying ages, backgrounds, specialties and gender.