ERS International Congress 2020: facts, figures and achievements

24 September, 2020

Now that the dust has settled on the first ever virtual European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress, which took place from 7–9 September, 2020, we wanted to thank all Congress participants once more and share some exciting details about this record-breaking event.

Congress in numbers

Over 33,000 participants took part in the ERS Congress 2020 – a record-high for the ERS Congress.

From 6–9 September, 263 live sessions were streamed simultaneously across 10 channels, making our Congress one of the largest live virtual events.

Live sessions were supplemented by 236 pre-recorded e-poster and educational sessions available as pre-Congress content, which featured e-poster presentations of more than 4,200 original abstracts.

A more accessible Congress than ever

Going fully virtual enabled more healthcare professionals from around the world to take part than ever before.

Notable countries outside of Europe with higher participation in this year’s Congress include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India and The Philippines.

Additionally, we saw the participation of healthcare professionals from countries not previously represented at Congress, including Bonaire, Cuba, Curaçao, the Republic of Nauru, The Pitcairn Islands and the Republic of Suriname.

Top e-poster presentations

Based on e-poster page views in the virtual Congress platform, the top five most viewed e-posters [1] are:

  1. Abstract no. 249: "Can do" versus "do do" in patients with asthma, by Steffi Lemmens-Jannsen et al. Presented in session, ‘Physical activity and chronic lung disease’.

  2. Abstract no. 318: Rhinovirus-induced cytokine production of circulating leukocytes is reduced in severe asthma, by Kaschin Jamal Jameel et al. Presented in session, ‘New insight into the immunology of asthma and COPD’.

  3. Abstract no. 3578: Hypercoagulability in patients with stable COPD assessed by coagulation factor levels, by Chris Kyriakopoulos et al. Presented in session, ‘Epidemiology, diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism’.

  4. Abstract no. 2644: (in)Appropriate LAMA Prescribing in Asthma patients: a Cohort Analysis (the ALPACA study), by Esmé J. Baan et al. Presented in session, ‘Inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilator studies in asthma’.

  5. Abstract no. 2193: The roles of impulse oscillometry in detection of asthma control level, by Warawut Chaiwong et al. Presented in session, ‘New tools for diagnosis of obstructive diseases’.

ERS congratulates all presenting authors for stimulating lots of discussion and engagement with your research.

Re-live this year’s Congress!

Registered participants can access session recordings and e-posters until 30 December, 2020. Simply access the Congress platform and log in with your myERS credentials.

If you did not register, you can still access replays by registering now for €119 for ERS members or €159 for non-members.

See how colleagues from around the world experienced this year’s Congress in the official photo album.


[1] The top five most viewed list is accurate as of 24/09/2020. The page views/ranking may change as e-poster content is available to registered participants until the end of December 2020.