ERS community

Our community of respiratory professionals is growing each year. Becoming a member of ERS means you can join this expanding network and boost your career by sharing knowledge across borders and professional disciplines.
ERS Skills course

Rigid bronchoscopy

29 June - 1 July, 2017

This course is dedicated to develop skills and knowledge in the field of rigid bronchoscopy which is the basis of interventional therapeutic bronchoscopy. After a necessary reminder of the anatomy of the larynx, airways and mediastinum as well as different pathologies and clinical situations leading to the use of rigid bronchoscopy, the course will focus on stent loading and insertion and other methods used for tracheobronchial desobstructions.

Early Bird deadline:

Marseille, France

ERS Skills course

Medical thoracoscopy

7-9 November, 2016

This skills based course is aimed at pulmonologists and is appropriate for participants with limited knowledge and experience in this field. Theoretical lectures will provide an overview of pleural diseases, identify and discuss when thoracoscopy is indicated to explore pleural abnormalities and diagnose diseases as well as to treat patients with pleural effusion.

Early Bird deadline:

Thessaloniki, Greece

Mechanistic overlap between chronic lung injury and cancer

23-26 March, 2017

The Lung Science Conference is at the forefront of basic and translational respiratory science and it is an essential event for budding respiratory researchers looking to boost their career. It offers a unique opportunity to network with peers from across the globe and it will feature cutting-edge abstracts on novel experimental lung research.

Early Bird deadline:

Estoril, Portugal

Research Seminar

Integrating systems biology approach in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis research

15-16 December, 2016

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an interstitial lung disease of unknown origin and no curative therapy. The median survival of patients with IPF continues to be approximately 3-4 years from the time of diagnosis. In the absence of effective therapy, new research is urgently needed to improve the prognosis and health-status of patients suffering this devastating disease.

Early Bird deadline:

Barcelona, Spain


We produce a range of publications to promote knowledge and research in respiratory health, including our flagship publication, the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ), which aims to publish the highest quality scientific and clinical material from the field.

The European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) - 2014 impact factor 7.636 - is the official journal of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). It publishes clinical and...

ERJ Open Research is a new fully open access original research journal, published online by the European Respiratory Society. The journal aims...

The European Respiratory Review (ERR) is an open access journal published quarterly by the European Respiratory Society (ERS), providing an...

The ERS Monograph is the quarterly book series from the European Respiratory Society. Each Monograph covers a specific area of respiratory...

Breathe is the clinical educational publication from the European Respiratory Society. It is published quarterly and is free to access for all in order to bring...

The European Lung White Book draws on the latest data from the World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control...

The ERS Handbooks are compact guides to broad areas of the respiratory field. Launched in 2010, the series now covers adult, paediatric...

The new Respiratory Equipment and Devices (RED) Congress Magazine supports the contribution that equipment and devices make to respiratory...

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is composed of the world’s leading international respiratory societies. The purpose of this...

‘Air Quality and Health’ was published in September 2010 to coincide with the ERS Annual Congress in Barcelona. Part of the 2010 Year of the Lung initiative...

The European Respiratory Roadmap seeks to serve as a basis for the respiratory community to communicate with key decision and policy ...

COPD audit text: The aim of the COPD Audit is to develop a core data set that can be used to audit COPD in acute hospital admissions across Europe.

Professional development

We are committed to driving standards in respiratory health through education and professional development opportunities. We offer a range of activities from e-learning, interactive teaching and activities to harmonise education standards, alongside funding opportunities for fellowships, awards and grants.


We are committed to promoting the best science in respiratory medicine through financial support to professionals looking to produce consensus statements and guidelines, and in-depth research seminars putting a spotlight on specific issues in the field.

Raising the profile of respiratory health

We work to raise awareness of lung disease amongst the public and politicians. The ERS EU Affairs department works closely with the EU Institutions, global organisations such as the Global NCD Alliance, the Framework Convention Alliance and WHO to support science-based policy development in the respiratory field.
ELF was founded by ERS with the aim of bringing together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health. ELF communicates the work of ERS to those outside the respiratory field and gives patients and the general public the opportunity to influence respiratory research and guidelines.