New honours at the ERS Congress 2019: ERS Teaching Awards

30 July, 2019

Each year at the ERS International Congress, we recognise leaders in the field of respiratory medicine and science for their research excellence and lifetime achievements with Gold Medals and Main Awards.

These awards are intended to celebrate those who have made a great impact to the respiratory field, for their academic and professional accomplishments, and for their role in helping to drive the ERS mission of promoting lung health and alleviating suffering from disease.

This year we also want to recognise individuals who are under the radar, but whose hard work is extremely valuable both for the Society and for the respiratory community, with the introduction of the ERS Teaching Award.

New for 2019, this award is presented to multiple recipients to highlight their contribution to teaching and education in the field of respiratory medicine, which takes great dedication and often comes at the cost of family time and other personal commitments.

It is our great pleasure to give the first ever ERS Teaching Awards to the following individuals:

  • Dr Maren Schuhmann

Dr Schuhmann is a respiratory physician at the Thoraxklinik-Heidelberg in Germany. We are delighted to present Dr Schuhmann with this award in recognition of her hard work on the development of the Endobronchial Ultrasound Certified Training Programme and a variety of Skills Workshops sessions, which take place each year at Congress. Find out more

  • Professor Pierantonio Laveneziana

Prof. Laveneziana is Associate Professor at the Sorbonne University and Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris, France, a committee member of the ERS Education Council, and Secretary for ERS Assembly 4 (Sleep and Breathing disorders; and clinical physiology). In these roles Prof. Laveneziana has contributed significantly to the development of the Society’s new educational and training activities for respiratory professionals across Europe. Find out more

  • Professor Ernst Eber

Prof. Eber is Chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Head of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology and Allergology and Cystic Fibrosis Centre, and Director of the Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Teaching Unit at the Medical University of Graz. Within ERS, his contributions to furthering educational activities include his roles on the committees for the ERS HERMES exams in paediatric respiratory medicine and the popular ERS Skills Course on Paediatric bronchoscopy. Prof. Eber is also a Fellow of ERS, and he will co-Chair next year’s ERS Congress in Vienna. Find out more

  • Professor Christian B. Laursen

Prof. Laursen is Consultant and Head of Research at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital, and Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark. His current activities include roles as Chair of the ERS Ultrasound Group (14.03), co-Chair of the task force on Thoracic Ultrasound Clinical Practice Guidelines, and as committee member for the Thoracic Ultrasound Training Programme. Find out more

We would like to congratulate the ERS Teaching Award 2019 recipients and extend our thanks for their hard work and continued dedication to improving education and training, as their efforts are key in guiding the next generation of respiratory professionals.

Read more about all of the ERS Teaching Award winners

View the list of all 2019 Gold Medal and Main Award winners