Sessions proposals

We welcome session proposals for the ERS International Congress Programme 2018.

Please find below the information on submission deadlines, session types, submission forms and priority topics.

Submission deadlines

Start of submission


Submission type

12 June 2017 16 July 2017                1st round submission for Paris 2018 (Symposium, Postgraduate course, Skills workshop, Meet the expert, Challenging clinical cases, Professional development workshop) 
December 2017 Early January 2018 2nd round submission for Paris 2018 (Hot topic proposals only)

Session types and submission forms

Challenging clinical case

Meet the expert

Postgraduate course

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. Registration for these sessions is additional to the congress registration fee.

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.


The 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.

Skills workshop


Professional development

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.


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.


Professional development activities aim to provide participants with practical tips and guidelines on how to be more well-rounded health professionals. 


Hot Topic

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. They 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. They 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. Recurrent topics for Year in Review Sessions are: Clinical, Paediatric, Scientific. They 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



Assembly 1 - Clinical

1. IPF

2. Imaging

3. Interventional pulmonology

4. Update on new endoscopic techniques

5. Endoscopy

Assembly 2 - Respiratory intensive care

1. HFNC vs NIV

2. Respiratory mechanics in ventilated patients

3. Weaning of mechanical ventilation in respiratory diseases

4. Mechanical ventilation in super-obese

5. Long term cardiovascular consequences of NIV

Assembly 3 - Basic and translational sciences

1. Handling large datasets - the omics challenge

2. Communications in the lung microenvironment

3. Early/Life-long origins of chronic lung diseases

4. Proteases at the cutting edge

5. Fibroblasts in lung fibrosis

Assembly 4 - Clinical physiology, sleep and breathing

1. New technologies for respiratory system evaluation

2. Control of breathing (hypoventilation dring sleep; exercise and dyspnea)

3. Obesity, sleep and exercise

4. The faces of Hypoxia: the good, the bad and the ugly

5. Exercise testing and training as part of personalized respiratory medicine

Assembly 5 - Airway diseases

1. Personalising COPD medicines - are clinical features enough? Phenotype to endotype

2. Severe asthma exacerbations, facts, priorities and key research questions

3. Airways Disease

4. Clinical revolution in airways physiology …? bye bye Spirometry/Tiffeneau

5. The state of the art future of clinical imaging in airways disease

Assembly 6 - Epidemiology, environment and public health

1. Big data epidemiology: possibilities and pitfalls

2. New occupational and environmental diseases

3. Gene-environmental interactions: where are we?

4. The occupational Burden of Respiratory Disease

5. Hidden occupational and environmental causes of IDP

Assembly 7 - Paediatrics

1. Asthma

2. Lung infections

3. Cystic fibrosis

4. Rare lung diseases

5. Interventional bronchoscopy in children

Assembly 8 - Thoracic surgery and transplantation

1. Long - term post lung transplant care: centre vs. shared care models

2. Donor lung allocation and recipient selection across Europe

3. Fungal infections in patients with CF and non-CF bronchiectasis and post lung transplant

4. Postoperative management of the thoracic surgical patient

5. Update on multidisciplinary approach to solitary pulmonary nodule and GGO

Assembly 9 - Allied respiratory professionals

1. Multidimensional approaches to breathlessness

2. Interpretation of lung function results

3. Telehealth in pulmonary rehabilitation

4. COPD phenotypes and precision rehabilitation

5. Diagnosing, monitoring, management of airway diseases

Assembly 10 - Respiratory infections

1. New diagnostic tools for respiratory infections

2. Guideline for the management of diseases caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria

3. MDR-TB Guidelines

4. Imaging in infections

5. Vaccine preventable respiratory infections

Assembly 11 - Thoracic oncology

1. Lung cancer as a whole (Diagnosis, Pathology, Molecular, Radiation, Surgery, Systemic, CNS)

2. Immunotherapy in Cancer

3. Personalized medicine in lung tumors (Diagnosis, Therapeutic)

4. Management of Oligometastatic Disease

5. Molecular novel technologies and Molecular Tumor Board in Oncology

Assembly 13 - Pulmonary vascular diseases

1. The role of exercise in PH - from diagnosis to treatment

2. Pulmonary hypertension in lung diseases

3. RV function in lung diseases - evaluation and prognostic implication

4. Management of higher risk pulmonary embolism

5. Treatment of pulmonary embolism - how and for how long