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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe
 
A little ESC history

A brief history of the ESC

The European Society of Cardiology officially came into existence in 1950

ESC TV - Prof Michel Bertrand and Prof Paul Hugenholtz

A look back on the history of the ESCThe European Heart House celebrates 20 years

In 1946 and 1948, during the Second and Third Inter-American Congresses of Cardiology held in Mexico and Chicago, several European Cardiologists discussed the possible creation of a European Society of Cardiology.

On 29 January 1949, a preliminary meeting was held in Brussels with representatives from 14 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. A provisional Executive Committee was appointed that included C. Laubry (France) as Honorary President, G. Nylin (Sweden) as President, and D.E. Belford (UK), E. Coehlo (Portugal) and J. Lenegre (France) as Vice-Presidents.

The first Board prepared a draft constitution and, on 2 September 1950, prior to the First World Congress of Cardiology in Paris, the European Society of Cardiology officially came into existence.

The first European Congress of Cardiology was held in London in September 1952 under the Presidency of Sir John Parkinson. Subsequently, European Congresses were held every four years until 1988. After, the General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to hold the Congress annually, starting with the Vienna meeting in 1988.

The European Heart House

The foundation stone of the European Heart House was laid on the 27 November 1992 by the President of the ESC, Professor Michel E. Bertrand, FESC (Lille, France), who also inaugurated the Heart House on the 31 August 1993, during the XV Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Nice. 300 people, including the representatives of National Societies and Working Groups and 100 local dignitaries, attended the ceremony. The 1993 elected Fellows of the ESC had the unique opportunity to receive their F.E.S.C. Diploma within the context of the inauguration of the European Heart House.

The European Heart House represents a milestone in the long-standing commitment of the European Society of Cardiology to foster the development of cardiology and to further education in the field of cardiovascular disease. It actually meets the Society's need for headquarters and for an Educational and Training Centre.

The surroundings of the European Heart House are not only pleasant. Sophia Antipolis (South of France) is in an area that has a unique concentration of technological, research and development related activities, including the fields of computer science, electronics, telecommunications, health and pharmaceutical research.

Since the provisional Executive Committee of the ESC eighteen eminent cardiologists have been Presidents of the European Society of Cardiology.

 

Past Presidents of the European Society of Cardiology

President    Country of Origin    Date

Gustav Nylin

Sweden

1950-1956

Evan Bedford

United Kingdom

1956-1960

Jean Lenègre

France

1960-1964

Luigi Condorelli

Italy

1964-1968

Pavel Lukl

Czech Republic

1968-1972

Herman Snellen

The Netherlands

1972-1976

Henri Denolin

Belgium

1976-1980

Franz Loogen, EFESC

Germany

1980-1984

Paul Hugenholtz, EFESC

The Netherlands

1984-1988

Hans-Peter Krayenbühl

Switzerland

1988-1990

Attilio Reale

Italy

1990-1991

Michel Bertrand, FESC 

France

1991-1994

Philip Poole-Wilson

United Kingdom

1994-1996

Gunter Breithardt, FESC 

Germany

1996-1998

Lars Rydén, FESC 

Sweden

1998-2000

Maarten Simoons, FESC 

The Netherlands

2000-2002

Jean-Pierre Bassand, FESC

France 2002-2004

Michal Tendera, FESC

Poland2004-2006

Kim Fox, FESC

United Kingdom
2006-2008

Roberto Ferrari, FESC

Italy
2008-2010

Michel Komajda, FESC

France
2010-2012