Practical information A-Z

Abstracts on USB keys

Sponsored by GSK

With the support of GSK, the ERS is offering delegates an electronic copy of the ERS Congress Abstracts on USB keys, which they can collect free of charge from the GSK exhibition stand C.02 (located in the Exhibition Hall) in exchange for a voucher in the Badge Holder.

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

App - ERS Congress

Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals

The ERS International Congress Final Programme will be available for the Seventh time as an interactive Smartphone app compatible with iPhone and Android devices. The app can be downloaded free of charge via the brand new ERS Connect App! It will help you to plan your Congress, search by room, time, speaker, disease group, etc. and also offers practical information such as floor plans, exhibitors 'lists and maps.

The app can be downloaded free of charge by the end of August 2018.

Due to the large amount of data required to run the Congress App, we recommend to use a WiFi network to download it. Once downloaded the app doesn't need an internet connection to run. Delegates can access the app on their own devices or use the Congress Resource Areas where Ipads are available to consult the programme.

App – Session & Programme Page

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

App – Industry Page / Exhibition Map

Sponsored by GSK

The Industry page of the ERS App will provide delegates with an extensive searching tool specifically aimed at the Industry organised sessions and their exhibition stands.

Business Centre

The Business Centre is located in the registration area Hall 7.1. The Business Center Services are at the Delegates' own expense.

Cash Dispensers

A cash dispenser is located at the Gate A before reaching Pavilion 7.


No official lunches will be provided for Congress participants but there will be a number of lunch facilities around the Congress centre, including cafeterias, restaurants, bars and several coffee/snack points.


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


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 & Charging points

Sponsored by CSL Behring

This year the Congress Guide (the App), the Abstracts and the E-Posters will be united in the Congress Resources Areas. Those services will be available in 5 areas throughout the Congress Centre.

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—acting as an electronic business card—to enable visitors to leave their contact details for exhibitors quickly and easily.

Dates and opening hours

  Congress centre Registration Speakers' preview room ERS sessions Industry evening symposia Exhbition
Saturday, 15 September 07:00-21:00 07:00-18:15 07:30-17:30 09:30-17:30*    
Sunday, 16 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 09:00-17:00
Monday, 17 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 09:00-17:00
Tuesday, 18 September 06:30-19:30 06:30-17:30 07:30-17:30 07:00-16:45 17:15-19:15 09:00-17:00
Wednesday, 19 September 06:30-13:30* 06:30-14:00 08:00-11:00 07:00-12:45   09:00-12:00

* all times are subject to change

Dress code

Dress 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
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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

This exhibition is restricted to Healthcare professionals. The general public (Inclusive of patients and children) are forbidden by international law to enter the exhibition or any room hosting an industry activity. In addition, the ERS asks delegates and faculty to refrain from taking children to any scientific sessions or practical demonstrations. In the event that children are required to enter the Congress centre, they should by supervised by an adult at all times and observe the restrictions that apply to limited access area. 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.


Please follow this link to see or download the ERS Congress Floorplan.

Hotel Desk

A Hotel Desk will be available in the ERS Registration Area from Saturday 15 September to Wednesday 19 September 2018, during Congress opening hours.

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. No translation will be provided.

Lost and Found

Please refer to the Cloakroom for the Lost & Found items.

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.

Paris 'journee sans voiture' (day without cars) on 16 September

Paris has declared a 'day without cars' on 16 September – during the Congress. Please be aware that taxi's and public transportation will still run during these days but be advised to leave sufficient time for your journey. ERS supports the no car day initiative as it aims to put a focus on air pollution in keeping with our own Healthy Lungs for Life campaign. Visit the official event page (in French only).


Delegate roof car parking is available at a cost of €34.80 per day (flat rate). Parking is available during the congress opening hours. Overnight parking is forbidden.


Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
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The education, scientific and industry program of the congress will highlight state-of-the-art clinical practice, recent advances, new data and views from different stakeholders and international organizations, all of which can be found in the Programme-at-a-Glance handily placed on every badge holders.


Please pay special attention to your personal belongings, especially when walking around the city center and in the public transportation system.

Any security problems or concerns within the Congress Centre should be reported to a uniformed member of staff. Emergency exits are marked with exit signs.

Allow extra time upon arrival

Please be aware that security processes in place at the Congress centre will increase entrance time. Note that all baggage will be checked upon entry. Please try to avoid last minute arrival so that you do not miss the start of any planned activities.


The ERS congress will take place in Pavilion 7, which is a smoke free venue. The smoking ban applies to the whole buildings, including the catering locations and loading areas. As smoking is a major cause of lung disease, ERS further asks Congress participants and exhibitors not to smoke in Pavilion 7 or any area within 100 meters of the building.

Special accessibility needs

Depending on the availability, it is possible to acquire a manual wheelchair on site. Manual wheelchairs are free of charge, please refer to the First Aid in Pavilion 7, Atrium 7.1.


Taxis will be available outside the entrance of Portes de Versailles – Gate A during congress days and opening times.

 Tourist information

The Paris City Desk, located in the registration area will be available to provide further information about the city and your visit.

 Transportation cards

The transportation card will not be offered for the ERS International Congress 2018.

For further details regarding the Paris transportation structure, please visit the Paris Public Transportation official website.