Welcome from the Congress Chairs

Welcome to Paris 2018!

We are delighted to welcome friends and colleagues to our home city of Paris for the ERS International Congress 2018.

Paris is a fitting choice for the largest respiratory meeting in the world as it is an important scientific centre in Europe; think René Descartes, Pierre and Marie Curie, the Sorbonne University, the freedom of thinking (les Lumières) and revolutionary ideas.

Paris is certainly one of the most interesting cities in Europe and worldwide. People from all over the world travel to Paris to discover and experience the French way of life. Only a few cities on earth capture the imaginations and hearts like Paris.

Paris is the city of love, inspiration, art and fashion. It is a wonderful combination of historic, modern, romantic, intellectual, grandiose and elegantly understated. The nightlife and warm atmosphere are welcoming and will make you feel at home.

The French capital has fascinating architecture in abundance, not least the iconic Eiffel Tower. It has a huge number of museums which house some of the world's most important artworks. Artistic vibrancy resonates throughout the city. It would take a lifetime to fully experience the Louvre, home to the world's most diverse and extensive collection of pre-20th century art, not to mention the many other Museums nearby, such as the Orsay, Rodin, and the Musée du quai Branly.

Paris is the largest city in France and is located in the northwest region. It sits on the banks of the Seine River and has a population of approximately 2,315,000.

Covering key topics in respiratory medicine from across the spectrum of disease areas including TB, lung cancer, chronic and acute respiratory failure, sleep breathing disorders, interstitial lung diseases, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, COPD and asthma, amongst others, the Congress programme is set to deliver the best advances in both science and education.

This Congress will specifically highlight the importance of environment in respiratory health and focus on the need to personalise medicine in the respiratory arena. Special attention will also be paid to our interactions with microorganisms in our environment as well as those that live in peace within our organism.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ERS International Congress where we will continue our mission to promote lung health and drive standards in respiratory medicine, in close partnership with national societies, patient organisations, and various institutions all over Europe and beyond.

Prof Anh Tahn Dinh Xuan 150w

Prof. Anh-Tuan Dinh-Xuan
ERS Congress Chair


Prof Nicolas Roche

Prof. Nicolas Roche
ERS Congress co-Chair