The Society

Welcome to ERS
Europe's largest respiratory society

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) is the largest scientific and clinical organisation in respiratory medicine in Europe. Our members are scientists, clinicians, allied healthcare professionals and other experts from around the world.


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The Society

ERS advocates for lung health at EU level

ERS advocates for change in Europe by focusing on respiratory-related policy areas, such as tobacco control, air quality, research and innovation, and lung cancer. ERS raises awareness of lung health issues with politicians to ensure policies are based on science, and works closely with the European Lung Foundation to ensure patient needs are prioritised.

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Partnerships with other societies

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Turkish Thoracic Society

Asociación Colombiana de Neumología y Cirugía de Tórax

Latvian Society of Lung Physicians

Hellenic Paediatric Respiratory Society

Egyptian Scientific Society of Bronchology

Sociedad Chilena de Enfermedades Respiratorias

Awards and honours

Mid-Career Gold Medals

ERS presents Mid-Career Gold Medals with grants of €50,000 to researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of Asthma, COPD, IPF.

Special Honours

Each year at Congress, ERS bestows a number of prestigious honours upon selected individuals based on their achievements in the field of respiratory medicine.

Research Excellence

A variety of sponsored awards are presented to individuals who have excelled in research in respiratory science and medicine.


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