Session proposals

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

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Session proposal deadlines

Call open Deadline Submission type
June 2018 mid-July 2018

1st round Madrid 2019:

  • Symposia; Postgraduate courses; Skills workshops; Meet the expert; Challenging clinical cases; Professional development workshops.
December 2018 April 2019

2nd round submissions for Madrid 2019:

  • Hot topic proposals only.


Session types


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. Case-based sessions allow participants to understand the history, pathology, analysis and treatment of complex clinical cases in different subject areas. The session leader, along with two 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 to provide their own difficult case examples to present onsite. 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.

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

Priority topics for Paris 2018

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

  • Clinical: interdisciplinary approach to ILD in Europe
  • Intensive care: NIV for weaning purposes, long-term mechanical ventilation in COPD
  • Cell and molecular biology: Precision medicine approaches for lung cancer, repair and remodeling in chronic lung diseases
  • Physiology, sleep and circulation: Small airways dysfunction and dyspnoea in COPD (physiology to clinical), controversies in the treatment of sleep apnoea
  • Airway diseases: Heterogeneity in structure, function and inflammation in COPD: implications for therapy and clinical outcomes / effects of air pollution in asthma and COPD
  • Occupation and epidemiology: Global climate change, air pollution and cardiopulmonary health impacts / translating "evidence-based behaviour change" and "e-health" interventions into practice: what works in smoking cessation?
  • Paediatrics: Systems biology in paediatric asthma, non-CF bronchiectasis in children
  • Surgery and transplantation: Difficult indications for lung transplantation, role of technology in lung cancer diagnostics and treatment
  • Allied professionals: Innovative exercise modalities in COPD - from science to practical application, implementing a whole package of new reference values for lung function
  • Infections: Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Oncology: Malignant pleural mesothelioma, novel understanding LC immunotherapy
  • Interstitial lung diseases: Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases: Pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism and right ventricle, ILD/DPLD of known origin or rare, sarcoidosis and other granulomatous ILD/DPLD

* Topics last updated: September 2017