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Practical information A–Z

Everything you need to know about the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2021.

To get in touch with ERS departments or official partners for further queries, please visit the contact information web page.

Business Centre

The Business Centre is located within the Registration area in Hall 8.1. The use of Business Centre services are at the delegates’ own expense.

Cash dispensers

A cash dispenser is located in the North Access, below the escalators that go up to Hall 8.1.


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.


A cloakroom service for coats and reasonably sized luggage is available during the opening hours of the congress. The cloakroom service will be located at the North Access and is used at the delegates’ own expense.

Data scanning system

Congress badges will have a QR code that contains a link to some of the personal data (first/last name, address, e-mail and professional category) that delegates have submitted to ERS to register for the ERS International Congress 2021. By allowing third parties to scan their badge during this event, delegates give their consent to share their data with them. The barcode will act as an electronic business card. Nonetheless, delegates are under no obligation under any circumstances to share their details with any third party during this event. This does not include the security checks at the entrance of the congress centre or of each hall.

Dates and opening hours

Congress centreRegistrationSpeakers’ preview roomERS sessionsIndustry evening symposiaExhibition
Saturday, 4 September07:00–21:0007:00–18:1507:30–17:3009:30–17:30
Sunday, 5 September06:30–19:3006:30–17:3007:30–17:3007:00–16:4517:15–19:1509:00–17:00
Monday, 6 September06:30–19:3006:30–17:3007:30–17:3007:00–16:4517:15–19:1509:00–17:00
Tuesday, 7 September06:30–19:3006:30–17:3007:30–17:3007:00–16:4517:15–19:1509:00–17:00
Wednesday, 8 September06:30–13:30*06:30–14:0008:00–11:0007:00–12:4509:00–12:00


* No afternoon sessions.

All timings 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.

Exhibition access

Access to the 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, 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.

Hotel desk

A hotel desk will be available in the ERS Registration Area from Saturday 4 September until Wednesday 8 September, 2021 during congress opening hours only.

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 and found.

Mobile phone policy

Please respect your fellow colleagues and friends by switching off your mobile phone in all sessions, meeting and poster rooms.


Parking F – located in the North Access – is available to delegates at a cost of €3.00 per hour.


Please pay special attention to your personal belongings, especially when walking around the city centre and when using public transportation.

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.


The ERS Congress will take place in FIRA Barcelona Gran Via, 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 FIRA Barcelona Gran Via or any area within 100 metres 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 and can be picked-up at the North Access. Personal ID must be provided as a guarantee for wheelchair use.


Taxis will be available at the North, East and South accesses of the congress centre during congress days and opening times.

Tourist information

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

Getting there

Check our travel advice for getting to the congress centre and around Barcelona.

Where to stay

Book your congress accommodation with bnetwork, the official hotel partner for the ERS Congress.

The venue

Congress will take place at the FIRA Barcelona Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain from 4–8 September, 2021.