Submit a hot topic session proposal for ERS 2021, Barcelona

Session proposals

We are now accepting proposals for hot topic sessions until 7 March, 2021. 

Find below details of the session proposal deadlines, priority topics and session types. For questions regarding the scientific and educational programme, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Session proposal tips

Please  consult the session proposal tips before submitting a session proposal.

Session proposal deadlines

Call open Deadline Submission type

27 June 2020 

7 September 2020

1st round Barcelona 2021:

  • Symposia proposals only
15 December 2020 7 March 2021

2nd round Barcelona 2021:

  • Hot topics proposals only

Symposia priority topics for ERS Congress 2021

The ERS Congress 2021 programme theme is: "Digital health".

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

Assembly Topics
1 - General pneumology
  • Overlapping lung disease
  • Digital health interventions for the management of respiratory patients
  • Adverse drug reactions and the lungs
  • Beyond Covid – 360o view from patients, professionals and public health on life after pandemics
  • Physiology and rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients
2 - Respiratory intensive care
  • Long-term nasal high flow therapy: in whom and how?
  • Monitoring of noninvasive ventilation: what is necesary?
  • Preparing for the next respiratory pandemic
  • Machine learning in respiratory critical care
  • Technical and ethical aspects of long-term home mechanical ventilation
3 - Basic and translational sciences
  • Deep phenotyping of emerging respiratory diseases using immunology, genetics and transcriptomics, and exploration of the potential longer term implications of these diseases
  • Impacts of the micro-environment and cellular repair mechanisms on the early origins of chronic lung disease
  • Utilising data from single cell approaches to study existing and recently emerging lung diseases
  • Novel imaging technologies for the study of respiratory molecular cell biology and lung regeneration
  • Integrated data analysis, bioinformatics, digital biomarkers and systems medicine to further basic and translational lung science
  • Cellular, oxidative, hypoxic, nutrient, and ER stress signalling in pulmonary disease
4 - Sleep and breathing disorders; and clinical physiology
  • New technologies in obstructive sleep apnoea diagnosis and treatment
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: new classification and treatment choice
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea: residual sleepiness, cognitive impairment and fatigue from identification to treatment
  • Sleep in respiratory diseases: from pathophysiology to clinical implications
  • ABCD classification of obstructive sleep apnoea: does it really works?
  • Telemedicine and its role in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of sleep breathing disorders
5 - Airway diseases, asthma and COPD
  • New drugs in asthma & COPD: biologics and bronchodilators
  • Precision medicine in asthma and COPD
  • Low-T2 inflammation; the new Everest?
  • Pharmacology of lung immune responses: which pathways to target?
  • How to treat asthma in 2021?
6 - Epidemiology and environment
  • Do genetic and environmental factors alter long term recovery from severe COVID19
  • COVID-19 and work: from historical to modern day workplace perspectives
  • Highlights on gender and respiratory health: implications for research, prevention and clinical management of respiratory diseases
  • Life and work post COVID-19
  • What works to prevent the uptake of nicotine and tobacco by youth: using social media and e-health approaches?
7 - Paediatrics
  • Chronic lung inflammation and infection in children
  • Management of wheeze from birth to adolescence
  • New technologies for the management of children with respiratory diseases
  • Treatable traits in preschool wheeze
  • Antimicrobial resistance and lung infections in children
8 - Thoracic surgery and transplantation
  • Lung graft allocation and monitoring in the 21th century
  • Integrating innovation and new technology into thoracic surgery
  • Artificial intelligence and innovative techniques in the management of chest malignancies
  • Digital health surveillance in the thoracic surgery
9 - Allied respiratory professionals
  • Sarcopenia in chronic respiratory disease: new definitions, assessment and treatment options
  • Psychosocial care in chronic lung disease: Nursing issues in chronic lung care
  • Fatigue and pain in COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases
  • Standardization and updates concerning pulmonary function testing and interpretation
  • Allied health treatment in COVID-19: ICU, inpatient [ward], and after hospital discharge
  • Safe spirometry in the in the COVID-19 area, from primary care till tertiary center, from proven PCR negative till COVID-19 positive patients
  • Post COVID-19 rehabilitation: different profiles and different settings
  • Tele rehabilitation in chronic respiratory disease and COVID-19/ Using novel technologies to organize rehabilitation with video conferencing
  • Rehabilitation 4-6 weeks after Corona infection: how to start the rehabilitation, increase and assess the training intervention and the long term follow-up when, how and by whom?
10 - Respiratory infections
  • New diagnostic approaches and treatment regimens in tuberculosis
  • Managing antibiotic resistance in respiratory infection: applying the guidelines
  • Late complications of COVID-19
  • Comparing two WHO Global Health Emergencies: tuberculosis and COVID-19
  • Respiratory infection control and evidence behind personal protective equipment
11 - Thoracic oncology
  • Advances in lung cancer sampling and molecular subtyping
  • Advances in multimodal therapies in stage III non-small-cell lung carcinoma
  • Advances in targeted therapy of driver addicted lung cancer
  • Artificial intelligence in diagnostics and therapy of (suspected) lung cancer?
  • Pleural malignancies: rational diagnostics and evidence-based local and systemic therapies
12 - Interstitial lung diseases
  • COVID-19 - translational medicine, pathobiology and immunology in collaboration with the molecular group
  • The effect of comorbidities in COVID-19: interstitial lung diseases before and after recovery
  • Long term follow-up of interstitial lung diseases after recovery and possible antifibrotic regimens
  • Genetics and interstitial lung diseases
  • Progressive fibrosing ILD
13 - Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • COVID-19 and pulmonary vessels: what have we learned?
  • Optimal follow up after acute pulmonary embolism and long-term complications after pulmonary embolism
  • Early diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, in the context of connective tissue disease, genetic predisposition, liver disease
  • How to manage particular situations in pulmonary hypertension: travel, oxygen therapy, surgery, pregnancy, atrial fibrillation, chest pain?
  • Duration of anticoagulant thromboprophylaxis in different settings
14 - Clinical techniques, imaging and endoscopy
  • Interventional pulmonology (rotation of advanced techniques simulators)
  • Interventional pulmonology 2021, from endosonography, cryo, valves to pleural management
  • Interventional bronchoscopy board: interdisciplinary discussion of endoscopic cases
  • Transthoracic ultrasound
  • Correctly classifying interstitial lung diseases

* Topics last updated: June 2020

 The ERS Congress Programme Committee encourages you to develop a session that includes faculty members of varying ages, backgrounds, specialties and gender. The congress theme should also be reflected in session proposals as much as possible.

Session types

Please note: For Barcelona Congress 2021 only Symposia and Hot topics sessions will be opened for submission.


Lecture-based sessions


Hot topics

Guidelines sessions

In these 1,5-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 key opinion leaders in the presented topic. Symposia are open to all Congress delegates.

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.

Guidelines sessions are based on the official ERS clinical practice guidelines prepared by the experts in a specific field of respiratory medicine. These sessions are open to all Congress delegates.


 Year in review

State-of-the-art sessions are high-quality presentations delivered by world-leading clinical experts. They are designed to offer delegates both an opportunity to learn more about topics and diseases that they are less familiar with, as well as an opportunity to learn about the latest developments within specific fields of expertise. At the end of these sessions, delegates will have the most up-to-date, clear and practical take-home knowledge relating to diagnosis, treatment and prevention in each case. 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.

Case-based sessions

Grand round Challenging clinical cases Lungs on Fire

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.

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.

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-life 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.

Educational sessions
Meet the expert Postgraduate courses Skills 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 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.
Professional development workshops

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.


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