Priority topics

This page contains deadlines and the priority topics for the ERS Congress 2024, taking place in Vienna, Austria from 7–11 September.

Check the session types web page for details on what is included in the congress programme.

Congress deadlines 2024

Vienna 2024 – Symposia

26 June, 2023 – 15 September, 2023

Vienna 2024 – Hot topics

Submissions | 18 December, 2023 – 15 March, 2024

Priority topics for 2024

The theme for ERS Congress 2024 is:

Humans and Machines: getting the balance right

• The increasing role of artificial intelligence and digitalisation in all fields of pneumology (and medicine)
• The current and future role of humans in AI-supported medical care (including psychological, caring, humanitarian aspects).
• How machines affect the relations between patients and doctors?
• How healthcare systems, pathways and organisations will be changed by new technologies?

The ERS Congress 2024 programme will extensively cover the latest advances in research and clinical practice, covering following topics and professional specialties:

Respiratory clinical care and physiology

Areas covered will include:

  • Applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in respiratory medicine
  • CPET to uncover the causes of dyspnoea of unknown origin
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation – a global perspective
  • Telerehabilitation for patients with respiratory diseases
  • Functional lung imaging

Respiratory intensive care

Areas covered will include:

  • Bronchoscopy in the ICU “reloaded”
  • ARDS and Imaging
  • Steroids and beyond in severe CAP/ARDS
  • When enough is enough: in ECMO, Weaning, LongTerm HMV
  • Respiratory management of the Neuromuscularpatient of alle ages
  • Nosocomial infections in the ICU from diagnosis to management

Basic and translational sciences

Areas covered will include:

  • Cell-cell interactions in lung physiology and disease
  • State of the art models to answer clinical questions
  • Cellular plasticity in lung regeneration
  • Biomarkers and molecular mechanisms of rare lung diseases
  • (Immune) metabolic changes in lung disease

Sleep disordered breathing

Areas covered will include:

  • Personalized sleep medicine: evidence, guidelines and clinical practice
  • New biometrics for OSA
  • Big data, machine learning and AI in sleep-disordered breathing
  • The influence of sex on sleep breathing disorders
  • New techniques and future practise in the treatmentof central sleep apnoea

Airway diseases, asthma, COPD and chronic cough

Areas covered will include:

  • Biologics in COPD – recipe for failure?
  • Biological theraphy in airway diseases
  • Can we make sense of responders and non-responders in asthma?
  • No cell is an island – clinical implications of immunological crosstalk in the lung
  • Remission in asthma

Epidemiology and environment

Areas covered will include:

  • Interventions in the face of occupational, environmental and lifestyle challenges
  • Future city visions for better respiratory health
  • Multimorbidity in those with lung diseases
  • The One Health approach to improve respiratory health
  • Smoking Cessation/Vaccinations
  • Tobacco and its environmental impact


Areas covered will include:

  • Advanced imaging in paediatric respiratory diseases
  • Childhood interstitial lung diseases
  • Congenital lung malformations
  • Prematurity related lung diseases
  • Combination therapy in children with asthma

Thoracic surgery and transplantation

Areas covered will include:

  • Treatment strategies (incl. transplantation and for rare interstitial diseases)
  • Induction therapy of lung cancer
  • Immunoregulatory cell-based therapies, current application beyond chronic lung rejection
  • Thymic tumours
  • Rehabilitation programmes pre – and post lung transplantation
  • Primary spontaneous pneumothorax

Allied respiratory professionals

Areas covered will include:

  • Self-management in lung disease
  • Early (tele-)rehabilitation in AECOPD
  • AI in respiratory physiological measurements
  • Respiratory muscle testing and training in acute and chronic respiratory disease
  • Remote physiological monitoring in lung disease

Respiratory infections

Areas covered will include:

  • Short DS and DR TB treatments
  • From colonization to Lung micro/micobiome
  • Prevention/vaccination
  • The new immunodepressed patients at risk of infection
  • Inflammatory phenotypes of Bx

Thoracic oncology

Areas covered will include:

  • Radiological follow-up and prediction in the era of immunotherapy (challenges of chest CT and/or PET/CT interpretations, radiomics in predicting immunotherapy response)
  • New treatment algorithms in early LC
  • Multiple Pulmonary Nodules; the challenge of diagnosis and management
  • Pulmonary Nodule management: the next epidemic
  • Lung cancer screening; never smokers, occupational/environmental exposure

Interstitial lung diseases

Areas covered will include:

  • Early treatment in ILDs
  • New diagnostic techniques for ILD
  • Care for rare ILD in adults and children
  • Immuno-based cell therapies in ILD
  • Drug induced lung disease

Pulmonary vascular diseases

Areas covered will include:

  • Novel therapies – trials underway
  • Novel therapies in PAH
  • Between the heart and the lung: defining and understanding PAH related to comorbidities
  • Treatment decisions in acute pulmonary embolism patients at high risk
  • Novel developments in the radiology of pulmonary vascular diseases

Clinical techniques, imaging and endoscopy

Areas covered will include:

  • Ultrasound guided procedures for pleural/interventional procedures, detection of complications
  • Innovations in interventional pulmonology: pushing boundaries
  • Live interventional pulmonology
  • Interventional pulmonology: best approach to peripheral pulmonary nodule diagnostics from radiologist,”bronchologist” and surgeon perspective
  • Advances in thoracic imaging: AI, lung MRI, chest CT

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