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Programme overview

The programme of Heart Failure 2016 & 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure will provide a complete offer for all specialists involved in the treatment of heart failure, that will enhance their knowledge, advance their skills and apprise them of the latest developments in their direct and related fields of activity.


Preview the programme

The programme is now available on the Scientific Programme & Planner: preview the session and presentation titles!

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pre arranged programme: session types

Main sessions - New ESC Guidelines

The new ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure will be released at Heart Failure 2016 in a series of Main sessions: the first session on Saturday will provide an overview of the new Guidelines and 4 sessions will follow, each providing in-depth review by the Guidelines Task Force, by topic.

Main sessions - New ESC Guidelines - preview the programme

Mobile App Interactive Voting – HFA Focus

Discussions around practical cases by the experts who will call upon the audience in regards to the management of the case.  These sessions will be concluded by recommendations based on new ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis & treatment of heart failure.
The audience has the opportunity to vote and ask questions directly via the Heart Failure Mobile Application during these highly interactive sessions!

HFA Focus sessions - preview the programme


Daily practice oriented sessions: speakers will give educational presentations to be followed by intense discussions.

How-to sessions

Provide practical, informative material and have a great educational value. Sessions focused on demonstration of techniques and practices by experts.

How-to sessions - preview the programme


Ninety-minute long sessions in which renowned experts present state of the art reviews on all aspects of heart failure with special time allocated for panel discussions to assure the interaction with the audience.

Symposia - Preview the programme

Special sessions

  • What’s new in Industry : Industry representatives are given an opportunity to present their innovations and research currently under development or products in pipeline. Each presentation is followed by a discussion and questions from the audience are encouraged.
  • Late Breaking Science: presenters will share the very latest results of their research. The presentations will be concluded by a review from an expert. Be there to hear about the latest developments in heart failure
  • Journal sessions: organised with the European Journal of Heart Failure, the traditional “Best of EHJ-EJHF” session provides the audience with an opportunity to review the best papers published throughout the year.
  • Heart Failure congress Highlights: Experts summarise the best findings of the congress, in short presentations by topic. Attend this session to get an overview of the entire congress

pre-arranged programme: categories

World Congress on Acute Heart Failure

A complete programme featuring symposia, debates, educational sessions, late breaking trial and abstract sessions will be concentrated on Saturday May 21st. You'll find this offer under the category "World Congress on Acute Heart Failure".

3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure - preview the programme

Acute Heart Failure

The Acute Heart Failure offer will go on throughout the congress; more sessions on Acute Heart Failure are planned in the programme on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - follow the track to attend all of these sessions.

Joint sessions

In order to address specific topics directly with the experts, we are co-organising Joint Sessions with International, European and Local Associations. These sessions help to strengthen collaboration between the HFA  and our partners in the field.

Basic & Translational Science

The Heart Failure congress offers a complete offer for Basic Scientists, with a number of pre-arranged sessions with experts and a rich abstract-based programme with state of the art research in the field.

Basic & Translational Science - preview the programme

Local Track

Heart Failure will once again develop a series of sessions destined to a local audience, with sessions held in Italian and English; and organised in collaboration with the local institutions and experts.

Local track - preview the programme

Abstract-based Programme

Young Investigator Award (YIA) sessions

A competition designed for abstract submitters / presenters 35 years old or under.

Finalists will receive a free registration to come to Florence to present their research. They will be judged by a panel of experts who will determine a First Prize Winner (€1 000 prize) and two Runners-Up (€250 prize each).

Nursing Investigator Award (NIA) session

A competition designed to recognise significant contributions from investigators in the field of cardiovascular nursing.

Finalists will receive a free registration to come to Florence and present their research. They will be judged by a panel of experts who will determine a First Prize Winner (€1 000 prize) and two Runners-Up (€250 prize each).

YIA and NIA Awards will be presented during the Award Ceremony.

Rapid fire sessions

Fast-paced and interactive oral presentations on research highlights, followed by discussions animated by two experts shairing the session!

Moderated Poster sessions

Presenters will highlight key points of their research and answer questions from two moderators in front of an audience during official coffee breaks.

Poster Sessions

During the day-long sessions, presenters are given the opportunity to display their research highlights and interact with their peers during breaks. Poster sessions are a very popular platform where our community truly comes together to network and exchange.

Special Posters

  • Clinical Case Corner : presenters selected will display their cases in this dedicated zone in the Poster Area
  • Clinical Forum: Late Breaking trials, Clinical trials, Late Breaking Research for Clinical & Basic Science…

Clinical case sessions

Sharing challenging clinical cases to learn and exchange!
Coordinated by the Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow of the HFA (HOT), these sessions will open the floor for discussion on clinical case management – take this opportunity to share your opinion!

Case submissions will open on 25 January 2016; prepare your case to feature in this new platform!


European Society
of Cardiology

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CS 80179 BIOT
06903 Sophia Antipolis
Cedex France