Award winners

Annually, ERS presents an array of prestigious awards to acknowledge scientific merit and engagement within the ERS by honouring exceptional members for their exemplary achievements and potential for further outstanding developments in all respiratory areas and within the society. This year, ERS celebrates the excellent contributions of the following individuals.

ERS Award Winners 2023

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Athol Wells

Athol Wells, MD, is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College, London. He trained in New Zealand and took up his current post at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999. He was the head of the Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital from 2007 to 2016 and continues to chair the Royal Brompton Hospital ILD research group.

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Francesco Forastiere

Francesco Forastiere, MD, PhD, environmental epidemiologist, is currently visiting professor at Imperial College, London (Environmental Research Group).

As public health officer, he has served the Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Region Health Service, Rome, for almost four decades, dealing with environmental and occupational exposures and their impacts on health. With a medical background in respiratory and occupational medicine, Master of Science in Epidemiology (LSHTM, London) and PhD in Epidemiology (University of Linkoping, Sweden), he has studied the health effects of numerous environmental and occupational exposures. He has been PI in several EC-funded projects, from the Fourth Framework Programme up to the most recent Horizon initiatives.

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Felix Herth

Professor Felix Herth has been Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at Thoraxklinik, Heidelberg, since 2004, and CEO and CMO of Thoraxklinik, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, since 2015.

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Marieke Duiverman

Dr Marieke Duiverman is pulmonologist at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, focussing on home mechanical ventilation (HMV) and (chronic) respiratory failure. She combines clinical work for patients with chronic respiratory failure with research in this field and education.

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Najib Rahman

Najib Rahman Directs the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit and works clinically as a pleural specialist. Having qualified in Oxford he underwent the medical senior house officer rotation at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, and re-joined Oxford as a Specialist Registrar in 2003. He undertook a DPhil and MSc in this period and was appointed Director of the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit and Consultant Lead for Pleural Disease in Oxford in 2011.

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Nicole Beydon

Dr Beydon is a paediatric pulmonologist and head of the department of lung function tests and sleep studies at the University Hospital Armand Trousseau in Paris, France

Dr Beydon has started her career at the University Robert Debré Hospital, in Paris, where she developed a pulmonology unit and a therapeutic education of patient structure. She also worked in the paediatric lung function test laboratory of the hospital before moving to take the lead of the lung function tests and sleep unit in Armand Trousseau hospital. Her interest is in techniques adapted to test preschool children. She developed and evaluated the interrupter resistance device through many studies. She has set-up a method to perform methacholine challenge for this age group, but has worked on other techniques such as the tidal re-breathing technique to measure DLCO or tidal breathing nasal Nitric Oxide measurements.

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Bianca Schaub

Bianca Schaub holds a Heisenberg Professorship at the University Children´s Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany. She is Head of the Department of Allergology, leading the research laboratory of allergy/immunology at comprehensive research center

sponsored by AstraZeneca
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Martijn Nawijn

Martijn Nawijn is a Professor in Functional Genetics of Chronic Respiratory Disease at the GRIAC research institute, University of Groningen Medical Center, Groningen, The Netherlands. Prof. Nawijn performs translational research into the molecular mechanisms active during inception, exacerbation and remission of chronic inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract.

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Imran Satia

Dr. Imran Satia graduated in Medicine from the University of Cambridge in 2006. He gained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London, UK) and completed his specialist training in general internal medicine and respiratory medicine in the North-West Deanery. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester in the mechanisms of cough in asthma and was awarded the British Medical Association James Trust Award. Imran was subsequently awarded the European Respiratory Society Respire3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Imran is currently on Faculty at McMaster University, Canada and the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health. He consults on patients with refractory chronic cough and asthma and has a broad research interest in understanding the mechanisms and developing treatments for these troublesome conditions.

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Chin-Chung Shu

Chin-Chung Shu is a pulmonologist in Taiwan devoted to investigating nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTM-LD). He has been awarded the Young Investigator Award in TSPCCM and APSR as well as Ta-You Wu Memorial Award from the National Science and Technology Council, Taiwan.

sponsored by Insmed
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Danny Eckert

Dr Eckert is a Mathew Flinders Professor at Flinders University, Australia. He serves as Director of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health where he leads a comprehensive translational team of over 60 multidisciplinary researchers. His research focuses on identification of the causes of sleep apnoea, optimisation of existing therapies, and development of new tailored therapies.

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Merel Hellemons

Merel Hellemons, MD, PhD, is assistant professor and pulmonologist at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. She works as medical-scientific director of the Erasmus MC lung transplantation program, and is a consultant in lung transplantation, with a particular focus on patients with interstitial lung disease.

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Heather Joy Zar

Heather Zar is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Paediatrics and Child Health and Director, SA-MRC Unit on Child & Adolescent Health, at Red Cross Childrens Hospital, University of Cape Town. She is past-President of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, of the Pan African Thoracic Society, and serves as an advisor to WHO, UNICEF and the Gates Foundation. She is passionate about reducing global health inequities and ensuring access to effective interventions for all children.

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Martijn A. Spruit

Prof. Martijn Spruit is an executive board member at Ciro and professor at Maastricht University. His research is driven by his ambition to improve the health status of patients with chronic respiratory disease.
As a physiotherapy/rehabilitation scientist, his research builds towards a paradigm shift in the organization of care of this large patient population. A shift beyond the traditional focus on drug therapy, towards an integrated allied healthcare. He (co-)authored of more than 390 peer-reviewed English-language papers and has been engaged towards ERS and ELF for many years in different roles, including Head of Assembly 9 and co-chair of multiple international Task Forces.

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Joanna Pepke-Zaba

Joanna Pepke-Zaba, PhD, FRCP, consultant respiratory physician at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge UK, director of Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Unit 2003-2019. She was instrumental in organization of pulmonary hypertension (PH) service in UK specifically the National Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) program. She is affiliated with University of Cambridge and her research is concentrating on the translational programs in the field of PH with focus on CTEPH and PAH. She has trained generations of research fellows, serves on various scientific, educational, international boards and societies, is section editor of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. She has published over 200 papers, h index 61.

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Stefano Gasparini

Stefano Gasparini was Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Università Politecnica delle Marche Medical School, Ancona (Italy) until October, 2022. He held the role of a Director of the Pulmonary Diseases Unit of the Ancona Hospital from 2002 to 2019. From 2009 to 2015 Stefano was a Secretary and Chairman of the ERS Study Group “Interventional Pulmonology”. He was a President of the Italian Association of Hospital Pulmonologists (AIPO-ITS) from 2016 to 2017.

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Tobias Welte

Prof. Dr Tobias Welte is a Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Hannover Medical School in Germany. He combines clinical with research and education. Currently, he is a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Lung Foundation and German Sepsis Foundation. He has a guest professorship at Sigmund Freud University Vienna. Tobias is a past president of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS).

Honorary awards

Early Career Member Award

The Early Career Member Award is intended to honour a promising early-career member of ERS based on potential for future scientific contribution as well as past and current engagement in the ERS.

Mareike Lehmann

Mareike studied molecular biomedicine at the University of Bonn and Yale University before moving to Switzerland for her PhD. She joined the Comprehensive Pneumology Center in Munich for a Postdoc with Melanie Königshoff where she got interested in lung aging.

She then started her own group in Munich focusing on cellular senescence in chronic lung diseases and has recently been appointed professor of translational inflammation research at the Philipps University Marburg.

She was awarded with a prestigious Emmy Noether award that will further allow her to explore cellular senescence and inflammaging in the development of COPD and IPF with a special focus on extracellular vesicles.

Honorary Members

Prof. Dr Marjolein Drent

Prof. Dario Olivieri

Abstract Grant Winners

Industry sponsored Abstract Grants

The Industry sponsored Abstract Grants are offered to authors within the top best abstracts submitted within the topics of the supported fields. Abstract Grants are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies in different respiratory fields each year and offer travel grants of various amounts.

Excellence Grant in Clinical Physiology and Exercise (Financially supported by MGC Diagnostics)

  • Angelos Vontetsianos
  • Álmos Schranc

ERS Best Abstract in Sleep Respiratory Medicine (Financially supported by Nox Medical)

  • Yeliz Celik

ERS Best Abstract Grant in ARDS (Financially supported by CSL Behring)

  • Pablo Florez Solarana
  • Roberto Tonelli
  • Nikita Simms- Williams

The Zambon award on Oxidative Stress in Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Financially supported by Zambon)

  • Ivan Barone

 The Zambon award on Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (Financially supported by Zambon)

  • Marta Arjona Peris

The Zambon award on NCFB (Financially supported by Zambon)

  • Umberto Semenzato

ERS Best Abstract Grant for basic research in Lung Transplantation (Financially supported by Biotest)

  • Pieterjan Kerckhof

Grants for Best Abstracts in Allied Health Professionals (Financially supported by MGC Diagnostics)

  • Ana Filipa Machado
  • Tiago Jacinto

ERS Best Abstract in Epithelial Cell Biology (Financially supported by AstraZeneca)

  • Amlan Chakraborty

ERS Abstract Grant in Cystic Fibrosis

  • Chiara Premuda

ELF Best Abstract Grant for Healthy Lungs for Life 

  • Anna Pauliina Tikkakoski

ELF Travel Grant for Best Abstract in Patient Centred Research 

  • Ana Sá-Sousa
  • Iain Stewart

ERS sponsored Best Abstract Grants in Assembly

The ERS sponsored Best Abstract Grants in Assembly are offered to authors having the best graded abstract within each of the 14 ERS Assemblies.

  • Arnaud Prigent – Assembly 1 – Respiratory clinical care and physiology
  • Phruet Soipetkasem – Assembly 2 – Respiratory intensive care
  • Amanda Oliver – Assembly 3 – Basic and translational sciences
  • Sarah Alami – Assembly 4 – Sleep disordered breathing
  • Daniel Fraughen – Assembly 5 – Airway diseases, asthma, COPD and chronic cough
  • Siyu Dai – Assembly 6 – Epidemiology and environment
  • Norrice Liu – Assembly 7 – Paediatrics
  • Alice Bellini – Assembly 8 – Thoracic surgery and transplantation
  • Karen Heslop-Marshall – Assembly 9 – Allied respiratory professionals
  • Jennifer Pollock – Assembly 10 – Respiratory infections
  • Jianlong Jia – Assembly 11 – Thoracic oncology
  • Lorena Rosas – Assembly 12 – Interstitial lung diseases
  • Øyvind Jervan – Assembly 13 – Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Sarah Scharm – Assembly 14 – Clinical techniques, imaging and endoscopy

ERS Sponsorships

ERS Congress Sponsorship

The Congress Sponsorships are offered to a limited number of abstract authors from scientifically developing countries to attend the Congress and present their abstract.

  • Ahmed Dhia El Euch
  • Angelia Jiménez Valentín
  • Anja Ljilja
  • Ayşenur Yilmaz
  • Balsam Barkous
  • Bohdana Basina
  • Bohdana Doskaliuk
  • Caner Özbek
  • Catherine Joy Tubig
  • Ceyhun TOPCUOĞLU
  • Chaima BRIKI
  • Chantapol Yimnual
  • Dong Nguyen Van
  • Dóra Paróczai
  • Dragan Mijakoski
  • Emine Sena Dikmentepe Yilmaz
  • Everlyne Kegode
  • Furkan Özdemir
  • Giovanna Casagrande
  • Hanaa Shafiek
  • Hazal Sonbahar Ulu
  • Heloisa Zimermam
  • Hikmet Uçgun
  • Ingrid Guerra Azevedo
  • Iwona Kwiecień
  • Joice Mara Oliveira
  • Khayrillo Rajabov
  • Kübra Kılıç
  • Lancelot Pinto
  • Maha Ezzine
  • Mateus Magalhães Lage Moraes
  • Mingtao Liu
  • Muhammad Imran
  • Nagehan Emiralioglu
  • Nataliia Habshydze
  • Omayma Ben Lakhal
  • Owais Tisekar
  • Oxana Munteanu
  • Prasun Haldar
  • Priyanka Dhumal
  • Rim Khemakhem
  • Salim Sadi
  • Sirine Jamli
  • Smriti Debnath
  • Stefan-Marian Frent
  • Stephanie Nonato de Castro
  • Stevan Ivković
  • Valeria A. Castillo Uribe
  • Vitalina Harkusha
  • Warda Jelassi
  • Wei Xiao
  • Yinling Han
  • Yossr Aloulou

ERS Young Scientist Sponsorships

The Young Scientist Sponsorships are offered to a limited number of authors of high quality abstracts and in early stages of their career to attend the Congress and present their abstract.

  • Alfonso Marin Andreu
  • Alicia Guillien
  • Andrew Simpson
  • Astrid Blondeel
  • Axel Bellanger
  • Beatrice Cornu Hewitt
  • Geraldine Lynch
  • Gonzalo Ballesteros Reviriego
  • Janine Gote-Schniering
  • Judith Elshof
  • Lucia Pinilla
  • Manuel Kuhn
  • Max Schwiening
  • Nena Maria Rokx
  • Omer Elneima
  • Panayiotis Kouis
  • Raja Muthusami
  • Rashad M. Mahbub
  • Tihana Odobasic Palkovic
  • Yuexin Chen


ERS HERMES Examination in Adult Respiratory Medicine Award

Presented to: Sharlene Ho and Evangelia Koukaki 

In recognition of achieving joint first place in the examination.

ERS HERMES Examination in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine Award

Presented to: Marina Bullo

In recognition of achieving first place in the examination.

ERS Lung Science Conference awards

Lung Science Conference 2023

  • Isabelle Dupin
  • Lucia Rodriguez Rodriguez
  • Pauline Bardin

National Societies' Young Investigators