Session types in the ERS Congress programme

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress is the largest respiratory meeting of its kind. The ERS Congress features a variety of session types to ensure formats are engaging and provide varying levels of interaction and focused presentations.

Please note the information below may be subject to change.

Abstract sessions

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These sessions feature presentations of all original abstracts that are accepted for the ERS Congress.

Clinical trials sessions

Including the ALERT sessions (Abstracts Leading to Evolution in Respiratory Medicine Trials), these formats showcase important and very late-breaking clinical trial data from all respiratory disease areas. Presenters, session chairs and viewers will take part in lively discussions on the presented trials.

Posters sessions

Abstract authors present their research in poster format in these sessions. The sessions cover all areas of respiratory medicine and science, and discussion of new data is encouraged.

Oral presentations

In these sessions, abstracts authors present their key findings to live audiences. The sessions are moderated by experts and there is opportunity for discussion of all abstracts presented.

Case-based sessions

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Case-led sessions are based on real-world clinical cases that are submitted to ERS by the respiratory community.

Clinical cases

These interactive sessions feature well-documented clinical cases that are of interest to respiratory health professionals. Attendees are asked to give their opinions during the session by casting votes at each step of the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Lungs on fire

These interactive sessions cover eight key areas of respiratory medicine. A panel of experts is put to the test against the audience to diagnose real-life clinical cases. Each session is led by two discussants who will present the cases, and who are the only people in the room with the details of the cases. They will prompt lively discussions about the presented cases, while the panel and audience answer multiple-choice questions. The audience can also send their own questions throughout the session. The aim is to give the audience an opportunity to study real-life clinical cases, to learn and exchange ideas with a panel of respiratory experts, and to analyse the various diagnostic and therapeutic options.


There are a wide range of engaging lecture-style sessions included in the Congress programme to facilitate the sharing of the latest information, research and clinical best practices.

Guidelines sessions

Featuring presentations of official ERS clinical practice guidelines that are prepared by experts and cover a range of topics in respiratory medicine.

Hot topics

Hot topic sessions cover the latest developments in key respiratory topics or areas of interest to respiratory professionals.

Joint sessions

In these one-hour long sessions, renowned experts present on key respiratory medicine topics or areas of interest to respiratory professionals. These sessions are supported by industry sponsors.

Journal sessions

In these sessions, researchers present their recently published high-impact articles from the European Respiratory Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet.

Language sessions

To recognise the global reach of the ERS Congress, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of sessions in languages other than English.

Mini symposia

These 1–15 minute-long sessions are created to cover a range of niche topics in respiratory medicine.

Paediatric day

Lecture-based sessions within this Saturday programme cover the latest findings and best practices for paediatricians.

Primary care programme

Lecture-based sessions within this programme cover the latest findings and best practices for primary care practitioners.

Respiratory meets other disciplines

Respiratory experts and leaders from other medical disciplines come together to discuss and present the links between both speciality areas.


State-of-the-art sessions cover eight key topics in the respiratory field and feature high-quality presentations delivered by world-leading clinical experts. Following these sessions, delegates will have the most up-to-date, clear and practical take-home knowledge relating to diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


In these 1.5–hour long sessions, four renowned experts present on key respiratory medicine topics or areas of interest to respiratory professionals.

Year in review

These popular sessions provide an overview of the most significant publications and discoveries of the year on a range of topics.

Studio sessions

Studio sessions are dedicated to the online audience and a maximum number of 150 onsite participants, who are invited to join experts in a discussion on the latest developments and controversial topics from the respiratory medicine. Onsite and online participants will be able to ask questions and participate in the voting only via the congress app during these sessions.

Congress theme

These studio sessions will gather two experts discussing with moderators the most innovative topics related to the 2024 ERS Congress theme Humans and machines: getting the balance right.

Deep-dive sessions

Short sessions where experts will deeply discuss the most important topics covered in this year’s ERS Congress programme.

Expert interviews

Expert interviews are held in the studio where onsite and online participants can join the experts in a discussion. Two expert interviews are presented in each session, with a live question and answer session lead by moderators, who will collect questions from the onsite and online audience via the Congress app.

News from the studio

Short sessions where two experts will introduce or summarise the congress programme for a day.

Pro/con debate

Short sessions where two experts present and discuss together the pros and cons of different topics related to respiratory medicine.

Skills labs

Skills labs organised in the studio are available for online and onsite participants. In these sessions experts will demonstrate techniques and provide explanations on some hands-on skills in different disciplines of respiratory medicine.

Workshops and courses

We host a number of activities at Congress that provide attendees with practical presentations of clinical skills and non-scientific topics.


The Academy of adult and paediatric respiratory medicine are interactive case-based sessions in which participants will take part in group tasks led by the faculty. These sessions will cover major fields of respiratory medicine based on the HERMES syllabus. The Academy of pulmonary rehabilitation involves hands-on sessions in which participants gain practical skills by rotating into 3 workstations.

Registrations for these sessions are additional to the congress registration fee.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses are sessions where medical practitioners will have the opportunity to align their current procedures with the latest clinical best practice. These lecture-based sessions, organised onsite on Saturday, include dedicated time for interaction between participants and faculty. Participants will put knowledge into practice by taking part in group tasks led by top level faculty. Registration for these courses is additional to the congress registration fee.

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, case discussions, and hands-on training instead of traditional presentations and lectures. The maximum number of participants is 32 per skills workshop. Registration for these workshops is additional to the congress registration fee.

Other sessions

Assembly members’ meetings

ERS members are invited to join these interactive meetings to get the latest updates from their Assembly, including information on funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines and ongoing projects.


These sessions will involve pre-recorded procedures with an expert presenting each procedure live to the Congress session participants.

The aim of the session is to describe and show various endoscopic techniques with live commentary and an expert-led question and answer session.

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, 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.

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.

Wednesday special programme

After a successful first year at ERS Congress 2023, this year’s Congress will see the return of the Wednesday special programme, featuring:

  • Women’s networking brunch
  • Breathing through the Blaze: Evidence update and strategies for respiratory physicians and patients facing climate induced wildfire air pollution
  • ERN-LUNG: Initiatives of the rare diseases network
  • Taking the Team Forward – How teams advance respiratory healthcare delivery – International Respiratory Coalition session
  • Lung health in childhood – a public health approach to preventing lung disease before it starts

Abstracts and clinical cases

Check the latest information on abstract and clinical case submissions for the upcoming congress.

Session proposals and priority topics

View the latest updates on session proposal deadlines and priority topics for the ERS Congress 2024.