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Abstracts on USB keys

Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline - GSK



Unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline

With the financial support of GSK, ERS is offering delegates access to an electronic copy of the ERS Congress abstracts via USB keys, which can be collected for free from the GSK exhibition stand (M.01, located in the exhibition hall) in exchange for a voucher found in the badge holder.

The USB keys will be distributed on a "first come, first served" basis.

ERS International Congress App
(Main App Sponsor)

Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz

For the sixth time, the final programme for the ERS International Congress will be available on an interactive smartphone application, compatible with iPhone and Android devices. The app can be downloaded free of charge and will enable you to plan your Congress, search by room, time, speaker, disease group, etc., and also provides practical information such as floor plans, exhibitors' lists and maps. The app can be downloaded free of charge - a download link will be provided when the app is ready for use.

Due to the large amount of data required to run the Congress App, we recommend that you download it before you come to Congress. Once downloaded, the app does not require an internet connection to run but will offer extra new features that require you to connect to the Congress free Wifi service. Delegates can access the app on their own devices or use the Congress Resource Areas, where iPads are available for consulting the programme.

App - Sessions and programme page

Sponsored by Actelion

The programme pages of the ERS App will provide delegates with an extensive searching tool. All of the sessions from the Congress programme will be displayed, and easy to track down.

Business centre

The Business Centre is located in MiCo South Level 1 – Office 14; Business Centre Services are used at the delegates' own expense.

The business centre will be open from September 9 to 12 from 8:00 to 18:00. On September 13, it will be open from 8:00 to 14:00.

Cash dispensers

Many cash dispensers are located inside MiCo:

  • Pavillon 3 – balcony – ATM machine + Bank
  • MiCo South – balcony – Level 1 – ATM Machine
  • MiCo North – foyer – Level 1 – ATM Machine


Please note that no childcare service will be provided in Milan.

Children and members of the public

Children and members of the public are not permitted in the exhibition area or any room hosting an industry activity. Children are permitted in the registration area only but must be accompanied by an adult at all times - they may not attend scientific sessions or practical sessions. In the event that a member of public is invited to participate in the ERS Congress scientific programme, they should be accompanied by a qualified healthcare professional or ERS representative observing the ERS restrictions where appropriate.


A cloakroom service for coats and reasonably sized luggage is available during the opening hours of the Congress. The cloakroom service is at the Delegates' own expense (please see the pricelist).

Congress Resources Area and charging points

Sponsored by CSL Behring

This year, the Congress App, abstracts and e-posters will be accessible in the Congress Resources Areas; there will be 8 designated areas located throughout the Congress centre and available to all delegates.

The Congress Resources Areas will also provide delegates with the means to charge their Apple and Android devices for free.

Data scanning system

Congress badges will contain a barcode, which serves as an electronic business card, to enable visitors to leave their contact details for exhibitors quickly and easily.

Dates and opening hours

Date Congress centre Registration Speakers' preview room ERS sessions Evening symposia Exhibition
Saturday, 9 September 07:00-21:00 07:00-18:15 07:30-17:30 08:30-17:30    
Sunday, 10 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 08:00-17:00
Monday, 11 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 08:00-17:00
Tuesday, 12 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 08:00-17:00
Wednesday, 13 September 06:30-13:30* 06:30-14:00 08:00-11:00 07:00-12:45   08:00-12:00

*No afternoon sessions

All timings are subject to change

Dress code

Dress code will be informal throughout the Congress. ERS reserves the right to refuse access when deemed necessary for the comfort and safety of all delegates.

ERS Central

Sponsored by Menarini


ERS will build and service a lounge and meeting area for the Congress delegates. This area will be located in the middle of the ERS World Village. The seating area will cover a total of 450sqm and will offer delegates the possibility to work, meet up, network or simply rest with a cup of coffee. An information desk will also be available where delegates will be able to charge their electric devices.

Exhibition access

Access to the exhibition will be limited to participants over the age of 16 years who are respiratory professionals.

Hotel desk

A hotel desk will be available in the ERS Registration Area from Saturday 9 September to Wednesday 13 September 2017, during Congress opening hours. This will be located in registration area located in Hall 4.

Insurance and disclaimer

ERS accepts no liability for injuries and/or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Please check the validity of your own insurance.


The official language of the Congress is English and no translation will be provided. Information regarding special programmes will be given at a later date.

Lost and found

The lost and found will be located in the business centre, please see above for more information.

Lunch and refreshments

No official meals will be provided. Meal facilities at the Congress centre include cafeterias and restaurants. A number of bars and coffee/snack points serve sandwiches and snacks.

Mobile phone policy

Please respect your fellow colleagues and friends by switching off your mobile phone in all meeting and poster rooms.


Delegate roof car parking is available at a cost of €15.00 per day (flat rate) and has a maximum 450 spots. Parking is available during the opening hours of the Congress. Overnight parking is forbidden.

Entrance through GATE 10 – Viale Teodorico, Milan:

From the Highways to the Northern Entrance to Milan (Autostrade Ingresso Milano Nord) – follow the road sign to "FieraMilanoCity – Via Gattamelata". At the corner Via Gattamelata/Viale Teodorico, turn right and then the second turn on the left = Entrance of Gate 10.

From the City:

  • Western side of the City = Piazzale Lotto – Follow Via Vigliani – at the beginning of Viale Teodorico on your right: Entrance of Gate 10
  • Eastern side of the City = Piazzale Firenze – Follow Viale Teodorico – at the end on your left side: Entrance of Gate 10


Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
boehringer 250 x 70

The educational, scientific and industry programme of the Congress will highlight state-of-the-art clinical practice, recent advances, new data and views from different stakeholders and international organisations, all of which can be found in the programme-at-a-glance, conveniently placed in every badge holder.


Please pay special attention to your personal belongings, especially when walking around the city centre and on public transport. Any security problems or concerns within the Congress centre should be reported to a uniformed member of staff. MiCo Fire Marshall will handle any emergency situation and all delegates will be asked to follow the instructions announced on the loudspeaker. Emergency exits are marked with exit signs.


MiCo is a smoke free venue, the smoking ban applies to all buildings, including the catering locations and loading areas. As smoking is a major cause of lung disease, ERS asks Congress participants and exhibitors not to smoke in MiCo or any area within 100 metres of the building.

Special accessibility needs

Depending on availability, MiCo can provide wheelchairs or mobility scooters as aid of internal mobility. Please follow this link.


Taxis will be available outside the entrance of MiCo during Congress opening hours. When in Milan, please note that you can ask any restaurant or hotel to call a taxi for you; they should give you a receipt of confirmation and the taxi name to ensure you get the correct one.

Tourist information

The Milan City Desk, located in the registration area (Hall 4), will be available to provide further information about the city and your visit. For additional tourist information, please write to the following address: