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Get support

How to get the support you need to attend ESC Congress

In today’s world we all need to consider the real value of time away from work.

The following steps will help you get organised in your search for funding and support to attend ESC Congress.

Step 1: Review the Scientific Programme

Determine which sessions you plan to attend. You can consult the Scientific Programme or download the ESC 2018 Mobile App with the Scientific and Educational Programme  (abstracts & industry sponsored sessions will be available early May). Choose those sessions and presentations that will most benefit you, your team, and your organisation.

Each of the 500+ sessions gives invaluable knowledge for you and your team to improve efficiency in daily practice or research. You can estimate the value of a session by translating its description and learning objectives into real-life implementation within your team.

Step 2: Prepare your motivation letter

A written document will help you explain the many reasons why you should attend the congress and how your organisation will benefit from your attendance.

You can download this sample letter to help you get started.

Also access the fast facts from ESC Congress and testimonials from delegates.

Step 3: Take advantage of all applicable discounts and financial support

Attend the congress for less!

  • Take advantage of the late registration deadline on 31 July2018 and save on your fee.
  • Become an ESC Professional Member and save an additional 125 euros on the Congress fee with privileged access to the members’ lounge and other exclusive activities. 
  • Book your hotel early to benefit from the best choice and rates available.
  • Nurses & Medical Technicians:  benefit from a lower fee to attend ESC Congress. (Nurses can also compete for Awards through their abstract submission).
  • Day tickets allow you to discover the Congress for at least a day of sessions, networking and education.
  • ESC offers some free and half price registrations to the national cardiac societies of countries with low and middle income economies, members of the ESC: Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. Please contact your National Cardiac Society to ask if you can benefit of this offer.
    NB. Presenters of an accepted abstract and coming from the above mentioned countries get a free registration. 

Delegates who need financial support to attend the congress are advised to look for funding from their own institutions, training centres or other sources in their own country.

ESC Grants

Basic Science Travel Grants
Basic scientists whose abstracts are accepted for ESC Congress 2018 are welcome to apply for a travel grant. See conditions and apply.

ESC Congress Educational Grants

All healthcare professionals in the Cardiovascular field who are ESC Professional Member / Member of ESC are eligible to apply, priority will be given to applicants who are first-author of research submitted to ESC Congress 2018 as well as individuals from low & middle income countries. There is no strict age limit, the applicant is required to complete all mandatory fields and upload a CV as well as a letter of recommendation/ reference from Head of Department/Hospital.
Successful applicants will receive € 850 as a contribution towards costs of travel and accommodation and will also benefit from a free congress registration and a one-year subscription as an ESC Professional Member.

Application are now closed for ESC Congress Educational Grants

Please note that you can not apply for multiple congress related grants within the European Society of Cardiology See all ESC Grant offers

Aged under 35? some additional opportunities for you:

  • ESC Professional Members aged 35 and under benefit from a special registration fee starting at €370 (early fee) or €490 (Late fee) or last minute (€555)
  • ESC Professional Members who are abstract Presenters aged 35 and under with an accepted abstract get a special registration fee starting at €195 (Early fee) or €295 (Late fee)
  • Young Investigators  can compete for Awards through their abstract submission. Presenters with an abstract accepted in a Young Investigator Awards session receive a free registration to the Congress. The ESC will grant each winner with a prize of €2,000 and finalists will each receive a prize of €1,000.
  • Presenters of an accepted clinical case receive a free registration. The four best cases will be presented in a special session. The ESC will grant the winner with a prize of €2,000 and finalists will each receive a prize of €1,000.

Step 4: Build and engage with your professional network

Get energised by the sharing of ideas and best practices with thousands of professionals like you.

List the speakers and presenters, experts, opinion leaders, service providers, product manufacturers and colleagues with whom you would like to engage, whether you want to discuss best practices or talk business.

Imagine the value that these shared experiences will bring to your institute or organisation!

Start making use of Twitter (#ESCcongress), Facebook, Youtube and the mobile app 

Post ESC Congress 2018: document your achievements

Take some time to review your original objectives and assess how you will be able to apply what you learned in order to either:

  • provide cost savings to your institution or organisation
  • offer innovative ideas to increase revenue generation
  • obtain tools to increase your team’s efficiency and improve patient care.

Keep up your network. Cooperate on papers and find new co-authors for next ESC Congress.

Also, don't forget to request your certificate of attendance with CME credits, in the Registration Area, as of Monday 27 August.

We look forward to seeing you at ESC Congress in Munich.

Feel free to use the following sample letter to propose your ESC Congress 2018 attendance.