ERS Educational Award

Stefano Nava

Presented to: Professor Stefano Nava

This award honours a European clinician, scientist, allied respiratory health professional or individual in any other profession, who has made a contribution of extraordinary magnitude to education in respiratory medicine at a European or international level.


Stefano Nava is a full-time Professor of Respiratory and Critical Care at the University of Bologna and Director of the fellowship programme. He is Chief of Respiratory and Critical Care at Sant' Orsola Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

His major fields of interest are mechanical ventilation, weaning, respiratory muscle and ethics. In particular, he has developed the use of non-invasive mechanical ventilation as a weaning technique.

Professor Nava is a reviewer of more than 10 international peer-reviewed journals, and is past or current associate editor of 6 journals. He has also published 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals and his latest H index is 50 (a total of 12.226 citations), according to Scopus.

He has been active in ERS since the late 90's when he was Secretary of the NIV group. Other roles at ERS have included: being a member of the European Respiratory School; Director of the ERS Post-Graduate Course; and Chairman of the Intensive Care Assembly (2007-2010). He also co-organised several international meetings endorsed by ERS. Additionally, Professor Nava was Chairman of the International Program Committee of the American Thoracic Society (2008–2009).

Professor Nava has hosted several fellows from all over the world (both in Pavia and now in Bologna), as well as four long-term ERS fellows. Many of his medical students or pulmonary fellows have spent time training abroad for more than six months in places such as the UK, USA, Spain and Germany.

In his current role, he teaches respiratory medicine and some aspects of ethics to medical students, post-graduate fellows of various specialties, respiratory therapists and pulmonary and neurological technicians. In his last evaluation (2016) medical students scored him 96% – the academic average is around 87%.

  • The Ceremony for the Educational Award will take place during the Opening Session, which is scheduled on Saturday 9 September, 2017 from 17:45 in Room Gold (South).