Media centre

Welcome to the virtual media centre for the ERS International Congress, 2018 in Paris.

The European Respiratory Society welcomes the interest of the press in respiratory issues and is happy to provide assistance to journalists attending the Congress or using the Congress website as a resource in their coverage.


The Congress is open to bona fide representatives of print, broadcast and electronic media. In order to be accredited for the Congress, you must work for a newspaper, news service, magazine, radio or television stations, or an online news publication and provide evidence of this.

Registration is free of charge to journalists who are in possession of a valid, recognised press card and who are actively reporting on the ERS International Congress. Freelance journalists must present a commissioning letter on headed paper from a recognised news organisation or publication, outlining their reason for attendance.

Representatives of public relations companies, advertising agencies, marketing companies, pharmaceutical companies and their publications are not allowed to register as journalists or to work in the press room. PR representatives from other organisations, whether commercial or non-commercial, are not allowed to register to work in the press working area.

Online press registration for the ERS International Congress 2018 is now closed.
If you wish to register as a press delegate for the Congress, you must now do so on-site at the Press, VIP and Speakers Desk, located in the registration area.
To register as press, you must be able to provide:
  • a valid, recognised press card
  • a letter from your publication's editor stating that you have been assigned to cover the Congress – this must clearly state the name of the publication and be on an official letterhead/or from an official email address

Practical information

For information on travel to Paris and the venue, and accommodation recommendations during the Congress, please visit the following pages:


During the Congress, journalists are welcome to use the press working room within the ERS Press Centre. This space has a limited number of computers, as well as printers, high-speed internet access and free Wi-Fi.

Light refreshments and snacks will also be available throughout the Congress.

Restricted access

As per French law, please note that there is strictly no press access to the exhibition hall, and press must gain permission from the session organisers to enter industry organised symposia.

Opening times

The press working area will be open to registered members of the press only at the following times:

  • Saturday, 15 September: 12:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday, 16 September - Tuesday, 18 September: 08:00 - 19:00
  • Wednesday, 19 September: 08:00 - 13:00

Press releases

All press releases from the ERS media programme will be added to this site once the embargoes have lifted. To sign up to receive press releases electronically, please contact the ERS Press Officer, Beth Maguire.

Background information

To find out more about lung diseases, health risk factors and the state of lung health in Europe, visit the European Lung Foundation (ELF) website.

Media and industry policies

Film, photography and recording request form

Media outlets or press representatives who wish to film, take photos and / or record during scientific sessions at the ERS Congress in restricted areas must complete a filming request form. If approved, press representatives will be given a filming / photo pass for a specific time and location.

Please read the ERS News Media and Public Relations Policy (above) for full details.