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ERS Assemblies

ERS Assemblies are the backbone of ERS. The Assemblies, and Groups within them, underpin all ERS scientific and educational activities and help drive ERS forward to achieving its mission. Each member has an intrinsic role within these groups to help set the agenda across all ERS activities.

Members can log in to ‘myERS’ and join one main group and up to two more groups to best suit your professional interest area. Members then become part of the nerve centre of ERS; voting for new leaders, shaping key activities such as the Congress programme and task forces, and being the first to hear about new opportunities and events in your professional interest area.

ERS Assembly 1: Respiratory clinical care and physiology

Head: Hilary Pinnock

Secretary: Ioannis Vogiatzis

Assembly Early Career representative: Lowie Vanfleteren

Assembly 1 is a broad-based group for specialists based in hospitals and primary-care settings. Members are interested in addressing relevant clinical problems and in translating the latest research into daily practice.

Clinical Problems

Group 01.01
Chair: Laura Fregonese
Secretary: Nicolas Kahn

Rehabilitation and Chronic Care

Group 01.02
Chair: Guido Vagheggini
Secretary: Rachael A. Evans

General Practice and Primary Care

Group 01.03
Chair: Janwillem W. H. Kocks
Secretary: Miguel Román Rodriguez


Group 01.04
Chair: Vitalii Poberezhets
Secretary: Vitaly Mishlanov

Clinical respiratory physiology, exercise and functional imaging

Group 01.05
Chair: Sam Bayat
Secretary: William Stringer

ERS Assembly 2: Respiratory Intensive Care

Head: Leo Heunks

Secretary: Marcus Schultz

Assembly Early Career representative: Maxime Patout

Respiratory failure is the principal cause of intensive care admission. Although the field involves many specialties, there is a strong tradition of research and training from pulmonologists.
The Assembly is comprised of the following two groups:

Acute Critical Care

Group 02.01
Chair: Christian Karagiannidis
Secretary: Ignacio Martin-Loeches

Noninvasive Ventilatory Support

Group 02.02
Chair: João Carlos Winck Fernandes Cruz
Secretary: Marieke L. Duiverman

ERS Assembly 3: Basic and translational sciences

Head: Catherine Greene

Secretary: Silke Meiners

Assembly Early Career representative: Niki Ubags

Assembly 3 provides a platform for interaction between basic scientists and practicing clinicians interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in healthy and diseased lungs. The Assembly is also responsible for tracking scientific developments that easily translate into better diagnostic technologies or enhanced patient care The Assembly is comprised of the following three groups:

Molecular Pathology and Functional Genomics

Group 03.01
Chair: Aurelie Fabre
Secretary: Arnaud Mailleux

Airway Cell Biology and Immunopathology

Group 03.02
Chair: Irene Heijink
Secretary: Sabine Bartel

Mechanisms of Lung Injury and Repair

Group 03.03
Chair: Agnes W. Boots
Secretary: Darcy Wagner

ERS Assembly 4: Sleep Disordered Breathing

Head: Winfried Randerath

Secretary: Sophia Schiza

Assembly Early Career representative: Andrea Crespo Sedano

Assembly 4 covers a range of topics that provide important links between research and clinical medicine. It has broad scope and includes integrative aspects of respiratory physiology, sleep apnoea and associated health problems and cellular and molecular physiology.
The Assembly is comprised of the following group:

Sleep and Control of Breathing

Group 04.01
Chair: Sophia. E. Schiza
Secretary: Dries Testelmans

ERS Assembly 5: Airway Diseases, Asthma, COPD and Chronic Cough

Head: Omar S. Usmani

Secretary: Apostolos Bossios

Assembly Early Career representative: Carolina Gotera

A substantial number of pharmacologists and basic scientists have joined the clinicians in Assembly 5. The major disease focus of the Assembly is translational research in asthma, COPD and cough with additional interests in non-CF bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis and upper airways.

The groups within the Assembly examine the immunology and pathobiology of these diseases; monitoring of disease and devices for drug delivery; the pharmacology of drugs in disease and in models of disease; and the use of big data and systems analysis of chronic airways diseases. The Assembly collaborates with other Assemblies in areas of joint interest including cell and molecular biology, paediatrics, infection and occupation and epidemiology.

The Assembly is comprised of the following three groups:

Airway Pharmacology and Treatment

Group 05.01
Chair: Dave Singh
Secretary: Lena Uller

Monitoring Airway Disease

Group 05.02
Chair: Florence Schleich
Secretary: Fabio L. M. Ricciardolo

Allergy and Immunology

Group 05.03
Chair: Marco Idzko
Secretary: Sergio Dortas Junior

ERS Assembly 6: Epidemiology and Environment

Head: Charlotte Suppli Ulrik

Secretary: Ane Johannessen

Assembly Early Career representative: Orianne Dumas

This is an interdisciplinary Assembly, which includes not only pulmonologists, but also epidemiologists, clinicians, statisticians, occupational doctors, air pollution scientists and health educators. Smoking and the environment are important issues for respiratory disease and this Assembly is involved in many activities to promote public awareness and scientific research in the field.
Members of the Assembly welcome collaboration with other Assemblies to work on common programmes. The Assembly is comprised of the following three groups:


Group 06.01
Chair: Joan B Soriano
Secretary: Kurmi Om Prakash

Occupational and Environmental Health

Group 06.02
Chair: Rafael E. de la Hoz
Secretary: Sara De Matteis

Tobacco, Smoking Control and Health Education

Group 06.03
Chair: Elif Dagli
Secretary: Stamatoula Tsikrika

ERS Assembly 7: Paediatrics

Head: Marielle W.H. Pijnenburg

Secretary: Alexander Möller

Assembly Early Career representative: Cristina Ardura-Garcia

The mission of the Paediatric Assembly is to promote knowledge and understanding of paediatric respiratory diseases and advance the respiratory health of children in Europe and around the world. To achieve these goals, the Paediatric Assembly provides a platform for interaction between clinicians and researchers and ensures that educational and scientific needs are met during the annual Congresses. The eight scientific Groups of this Assembly represent paediatric counterparts to the other Groups and Assemblies of ERS.
The Assembly is comprised of the following eight groups:

Paediatric Respiratory Physiology and Sleep

Group 07.01
Chair: Refika Hamutcu Ersu
Secretary: Nicole Beydon

Paediatric Asthma and Allergy

Group 07.02
Chair: Sejal Saglani
Secretary: Erol Gaillard

Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Group 07.03
Chair: Stojka Fustik
Secretary: Mirjam Stahl

Paediatric Respiratory Infection and Immunology

Group 07.04
Chair: Marijke Proesmans
Secretary: Stefan Unger

Neonatology and Paediatric Intensive Care

Group 07.05
Chair: Theodore Dassios
Secretary: Anna Lavizzari

Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology

Group 07.06
Chair: Liesbeth Duijts
Secretary: Myrofora Goutaki

Paediatric Bronchology

Group 07.07
Chair: Dirk Schramm
Secretary: Raffaella Nenna

Paediatric lung cell and molecular biology

Group 07.08
Chair: Rory Morty
Secretary: Adaeze Ayuk

ERS Assembly 8: Thoracic Surgery and Transplantation

Head: Stefano Elia

Secretary: Federica Meloni

Assembly Early Career representative: Merel E. Hellemons

Assembly 8 includes physicians and surgeons with an extraordinary knowledge of the state of the art in the field of Lung Transplantation and Thoracic Surgery. Its groups are strongly engaged collaborative work with the other Scientific Assemblies, focussing on surgical options for the treatment of lung diseases.
The Assembly is comprised of the following two groups:

Thoracic Surgery

Group 08.01
Chair: Marcello Migliore
Secretary: Kalliopi Athanassiadi


Group 08.02
Chair: Robin Vos
Secretary: Michael Perch

ERS Assembly 9: Allied Respiratory Professionals

Head: Martijn A. Spruit

Secretary: Daniel Langer

Assembly Early Career representative: Joana Patricia dos Santos Cruz

It is increasingly recognised that allied healthcare professionals play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with pulmonary diseases. This Assembly is an opportunity to learn from each other's disciplines and achieve better patient outcomes.
The Assembly is comprised of the following four groups:

Respiratory Function Technologists/Scientists

Group 09.01
Chair: Karl Sylvester
Secretary: Rachel Ong-Salvador


Group 09.02
Chair: Chris Burtin
Secretary: Andre Nyberg


Group 09.03
Chair: Andreja Sajnic
Secretary: Marco Clari

Psychologists & Behavioural Scientists

Group 09.04
Chair: Martijn A. Spruit
Secretary: Daniel Langer

ERS Assembly 10: Respiratory Infections

Head: Eva Polverino

Secretary: Raquel Duarte

Assembly Early Career representative: Cristina Calarasu

The Infectious Diseases Assembly covers all issues of pulmonary and respiratory infections with a strong focus on pneumonia and antibiotic resistance, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacteria. This Assembly is one of the largest scientific assemblies of the ERS. Airway and pulmonary infections play an important role for outpatient, clinical and intensive care medicine in children and adults and the topics covered by the Assembly include bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Prevention of infections and the emergence of antibiotic resistance play an important role in its scientific and educational activities and in interactions with the other Scientific Assemblies in the ERS. Members of the Assembly, especially the juniors, are engaged in educational activities through the ERS school and in large collaborative research networks including:

  • The European Multicentre Bronchiectasis Audit and Research Collaboration (EMBARC)

  • The European Network for ICU-related respiratory infections (ENIRRI)
  • The TBNET

There are three groups within Assembly 10:

Respiratory Infections and Bronchiectasis

Group 10.01
Chair: Michael Loebinger
Secretary: Pieter Goeminne

Tuberculosis and Non-Tuberculous mycobacterial diseases

Group 10.02
Chair: Alberto Garcia-Basteiro
Secretary: Simon Tiberi

Adult CF

Group 10.03
Chair: Eva Polverino
Secretary: Raquel Duarte

ERS Assembly 11: Thoracic Oncology

Head: Jan Van Meerbeeck

Secretary: Torsten Gerriet Blum

Assembly Early Career representative: Adrien Costantini

Respiratory tumours are a major part of daily practice for many respiratory physicians. Assembly 11 focuses on all aspects of lung cancer, mesothelioma, mediastinal tumours and lung metastases. The work of members includes epidemiology and prevention; biology and pathology; diagnosis and staging; multidisciplinary approaches in therapy; systemic treatment with chemotherapy and targeted agents; and follow-up and supportive care. There is a close cooperation with theImaging, Interventional Respiratory Medicine, Radiotherapy, Biology and Thoracic Surgery Groups, now formalised into the Thoracic Oncology Network of the ERS. The Assembly aims to reinforce the role of respiratory physicians in this area practice by establishing practice guidelines, cooperating with other societies and organising dedicated school courses and symposia on contemporary clinical questions. The Assembly has developed an action plan for Thoracic Oncology in Europe, fully supported by the ERS Executive Committee. The ongoing actions include the creation of a Task Force for quality management of lung cancer or the development of a multidisciplinary HERMES programme for training in thoracic oncology.
The Assembly is comprised of the following two groups:

Lung Cancer

Group 11.01
Chair: Rudolf M. Huber
Secretary: Georgia Hardavella

Pleural and Mediastinal Malignancies

Group 11.02
Chair: Najib M. Rahman
Secretary: Kevin Blyth

ERS Assembly 12: Interstitial Lung Diseases

Head: Venerino Poletti

Secretary: Katerina Antoniou

Assembly Early Career representative: Tiago Alfaro

There are four groups within Assembly 12:

Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias

Group 12.01
Chair: Michael Kreuter
Secretary: Marlies S. Wijsenbeek

ILD/DPLD of known origin

Group 12.02
Chair: Elisabetta Renzoni
Secretary: Elena Bargagli

Sarcoidosis and other granulomatous ILD/DPLD

Group 12.03
Chair: Hilario Nunes
Secretary: Paolo Spagnolo


Group 12.04
Chair: Francesco Bonella
Secretary: Maria Molina Molina

ERS Assembly 13: Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

Head: Marion Delcroix

Secretary: Anton Vonk Noordegraaf

Assembly Early Career representative: Ramjug Sheila

There are two groups within Assembly 13:

Pulmonary hypertension

Group 13.01
Chair: Olivier Sitbon
Secretary: Luke Howard

Pulmonary embolism

Group 13.02
Chair: David Jiménez Castro
Secretary: Olivier Sanchez

ERS Assembly 14: Clinical Techniques, Imaging and Endoscopy

Head: Jouke T. Annema

Secretary: Walter de Wever

Assembly Early Career representative: Daniela Gompelmann

There are three groups within Assembly 14:

Interventional Pulmonology

Group 14.01
Chair: Prashant Nemichand Chhajed
Secretary: Pratibha Singhal


Group 14.02
Chair: Simon Walsh
Secretary: Ádám Domonkos Tárnoki


Group 14.03
Chair: Christian B.Laursen
Secretary: Michiel J. Thomeer