New and returning features

Ahead of this year’s ERS Congress in September, we are pleased to be able to offer a first look at what to expect from this year’s extensive programme. This year’s event will be our first to be held in a hybrid format – offering both in-person and online attendance, and will offer brand new features, as well as the return of familiar sessions.

New for 2022

Networking EXcellence Training (NEXT) programme

This year, 40 abstract authors will be selected to join this programme to support them in their ERS and respiratory medicine careers. The programme consists of support prior to the Congress, and a one-day training session on Saturday 3 September, where NEXT candidates will gain skills in presenting, chairing, leadership, manuscript writing and publishing, time management and work life balance. The candidates will also get to network with ERS leadership during a mentoring lunch.

Science slam

The four best presenters from the NEXT programme will be invited to present during the Science slam. Each presenter will have ten minutes to present their project in an entertaining way, followed by an audience vote. The winning presenter will then be interviewed on-stage, and there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

Mini symposia

Mini symposia will be smaller capacity, one-hour sessions on special interest topics, including:

  • Deconstructing the developing lung at the single cell level to determine phenotypes and cell-specific targets of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
  • State-of-the-art in home ventilation.
  • Diagnosis and management of pneumonitis in lung cancer systemic therapy.

Thoracic ultrasound training programme Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) examination

The OSCE examination is the final part of a three-part Thoracic ultrasound training programme offered by ERS. This examination is exclusively available to participants who passed Part 1 and Part 2 of this training programme. Upon completion of the OSCE examination, successful participants will be awarded the ERS certificate of completion for the full Thoracic ultrasound training programme. The OSCE examination is designed and delivered by ERS faculty working in thoracic ultrasound.

As well as these brand-new sessions, pre-congress content will be appearing for the first time on-site, having previously been held online.

Returning features

Abstract sessions

Presentations of original abstracts submitted by the respiratory community, including clinical trials, e-posters, oral presentation sessions and on-site thematic poster sessions.

Case-based sessions

Interactive sessions with presentations based on real-world clinical cases submitted by the respiratory community, including imaging clinical cases, clinical challenges beyond guidelines, and lungs on fire sessions.


Lecture-style presentations which facilitate the sharing of the latest information, research, and clinical best practices, including symposia, expert view, endoscopy sessions, hot topics and state-of-the-art sessions.

Skills workshops

Skills workshops are designed to allow participants to gain practical skills in different disciplines of respiratory medicine. These sessions revolve around workstations and use interactive demonstrations and hands-on training instead of traditional presentations and lectures.

View this year's programme in full

Register for this year's Congress

Learn more about abstract and case submission for this year's Congress