World Village

The World Village is a dedicated space for ERS members, congress delegates, partner society representatives and individuals from across all specialties to gather, strengthen existing partnerships and make new connections. This area provides an environment for the global respiratory community to come together, bound by the common interest of advancing respiratory health and improving patient quality of life.

ERS emphasises the importance of giving our partner societies a platform within the World Village, in order to promote the important work that they do on a national and regional level throughout the year and to find out about their upcoming activities.

Delegates are also invited to kick off the ERS Congress' 30th anniversary celebrations in the World Village by having your photos taken at the Vienna 2020 photo booth area. Say cheese!


World Village key events

  • World Village Theatre Opening Session: 29 September from 09:30–10:00
  • World Village President's Tour: 30 September from 15:00–16:15

World Village Theatre sessions

A number of sessions will take place throughout the Congress within the World Village Theatre. These sessions are organised and delivered by ERS partner societies from around the world, and offer attendees the opportunity to gain a better understanding about key issues in the respiratory field from a truly global perspective.

There are more than 25 engaging sessions taking place in the World Village Theatre during congress, with some of our highlights including:

Date Time Session  Organisers
29/09/2019 11:15–14:00 Smoking cessation and tobacco control National societies: Macedonian Respiratory Society, Chilean Respiratory Society, Romanian Respiratory Society, and ERS/WHO train the trainer smoking cessation project
30/09/2019 11:15–11:45 Adaptation and transformation in a rapidly changing environment Malaysian Thoracic Society
30/09/2019 10:30–11:00 The role of the Brazilian Thoracic Society to combat a changing environment Brazilian Thoracic Society

To view all sessions taking place in the World Village do an advanced search of the online programme and choose 'World Village Theatre' in the 'Rooms' box.


The ERS stand will be located in the World Village and will have dedicated staff who are happy to welcome all congress participants, and to provide updates on the wide array of ERS products and services available to members.

The World Village will also have a lounge space, providing the perfect area to network and seek out further information about current and future developments from any of the surrounding partner society stands.

The European Lung Foundation and Healthy Lungs for Life stands will be located in Hall 9. Find out more.

Practical information

Location: Hall 10

Opening hours:

  • 29 September – 1 October: 09:00–17:00
  • 2 October: 09:00–12:00

Download the World Village 2019 visual guide

Partner societies

View the full list of ERS partner societies and participating organisations that will be represented in the World Village:

National / International Societies

 Country / region  Organisation Acronym
 Australia and New Zealand Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand TSANZ
 Austria Austrian Society of Pneumology ÖGP
 Belgium Belgian Respiratory Society BVP
Brazil  Associação Brasileira de Fisioterapia Cardiorrespiratória e Fisioterapia em Terapia Intensiva ASSOBRAFIR
Brazil  Brazilian Thoracic Society SBPT
Bulgaria  BDBB - Bulgarian Respiratory Society BRS
Canada  Canadian Thoracic Society CTS
Chile  Sociedad Chilena de Enfermedades Respiratorias SERCHILE 
China  Chinese Thoracic Society


Croatia  Croatian Respiratory Society Croatian Medical Association CRS-CMA 
Czech Republic  Czech Pneumological and Phthiseologilac Society  CPFS 
Egypt  The Egyptian Society of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis ESCDT
Egypt  Egyptian Pediatric Pulmonolgy Society EPPS
Estonia Estonian Respiratory Society EKS
France  Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française SPLF
Germany German Respiratory Society DGP
Germany German Center for Lung Research DZL
Germany Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Pneumologie E.V. GPP
Greece Hellenic Paediatric Respiratory Society HPRS 
Greece Hellenic Thoracic Society HTS
Hungary Hungarian Respiratory Society MTT
India Indian Chest Society ICS
Ireland Irish Thoracic Society ITS
Italy Italian Respiratory Society SIP
Italy Italian Association of Hospital Pulmonologists AIPO 
Italy Italian Pediatric Repiratory Society


Japan The Japanese Respiratory Society JRS 
Korea The Korean Academy of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease KATRD
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Thoracic Society KTS 
Latvia  Latvian Society of Lung Physicians LSLP 
Lebanon  Lebanese Pulmonary Society SLP 
Lithuania  Lithuanian Society of Pulmonology and Allergy LSPA
North Macedonia Macedonian Respiratory Society MRS
Mexico  Mexican Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery SMNYCT
Morocco  Association Franco-Marocaine de Pathologie Thoracique AFMAPATH
Pakistan  Pakistan Chest Society PCS
Peru  Sociedad Peruana de Neumologia SPN
Philippines Philippine College of Chest Physicians PCCP 
Poland  Polish Respiratory Society PTChP
Portugal  Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia SPP
Romania  Romanian Society of Pneumology SRP
Russia  Russian Respiratory Society RRS
Serbia Respiratory Society of Serbia RSS
South Africa South African Thoracic Society SATS
Spain  Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica SEPAR
Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists SLCP
Sweden  Swedish Respiratory Society SLMF
Taiwan  Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine TSPCCM
Tunisia  Tunisian Society of Respiratory Diseases and Allergology  STMRA
Turkey  Turkish Thoracic Society TTS
Turkey  Turkish Respiratory Society TRS
United Kindgom British Thoracic Society BTS
United Kingdom Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology ARTP

Regional Societies / Projects

Africa Pan African Thoracic Society PATS
Americas  American Thoracic Society ATS
Americas American College of Chest Physicians CHEST
Americas Asociación Latino Americana de Tórax ALAT
Asia  Asian Pacific Society of Respirology APSR
Europe European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases ESCMID
Europe  European Society for Swallowing Disorders ESSD
Europe European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology EAACI
Global  The Union --
Global International Society for Aerosols in Medicine ISAM