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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

It is with great regret that I inform you that Heart Failure 2020 & World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, scheduled for 23–26 May in Barcelona, is officially cancelled. 

The leadership of the ESC and the Heart Failure Association (HFA) have been closely following the current health crisis. The spread of COVID-19 around the world and the necessity for healthcare professionals to deal with the epidemic in their hospitals has impacted the availability of both faculty and delegates. Indeed, many have already cancelled their plans to attend – and that number will only grow. In addition, the Spanish authorities have declared a state of emergency, while the Catalan government has imposed a total lockdown and severe travel bans.

As a result of these factors and our responsibility to protect the health of our faculty, delegates and staff, the HFA leadership has decided that cancelling Heart Failure 2020 is the only responsible course of action.

Should you have any queries, please refer to Heart Failure 2020 Cancellation - Your Questions Answered.

On behalf of the HFA Board, we convey our heartfelt wishes to you, your families and your patients in these difficult times.  

Petar Seferović

ESC Heart Failure Association

President, 2018–2020


Your Attendance Guide

Your checklist for the Heart Failure 2020

Before you leave

  • Download and check the Heart Failure 2020 Mobile App or refresh it before leaving.
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  • Create your personalised programme
  • Receive all the news and updates
  • Get ready to play an active role during the voting sessions
  • Navigate the maps to familiarise yourself with the congress

Don't forget to bring your badge or voucher with barcode (printed or on your mobile device). That will allow you to go directly to the 'Badge Printing' desks and save time. 

When you arrive

Congress Venue

Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB)

Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14,

08019 Barcelona, Spain


Learn more about transport & hotel accommodation.


At the congress

Childcare services

To ensure equal access to education opportunities, we are pleased to provide healthcare professionals attending the Heart Failure Congress, an on-site daycare service staffed by approved childcare providers, via an agreed partner.

  • This service is offered on a first-come-first-served basis
  • The daycare will be located inside the congress venue
  • For legal reasons, parents must take their children out of the daycare after 4 consecutive hours
  • Food will not be provided nor allowed at the childcare service


Free left luggage and Cloakroom facilities are available within the venue.

First Aid

Participants in need of medical treatment should refer to the ESC staff in the Registration Area.

Lunch breaks

Cash bars are located within the venue

CME Credits

Heart Failure 2020, has been granted 19 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

CPR Workshops

Register for free for the CPR Workshops. Seats are limited. A dedicated desk on-site will be available in front of the CPR Workshops located on Level 1 to sign up!

Congress Schedule


22 MAY

Scientific sessions        ∅ 08.30-17.45 08.30-17.45 08.30-17.45 09.00-10.00
Registration 14.00-18.00 07.30-18.30 07.30-18.00 07.30-18.00 07.30-12.30
Exhibition        ∅ 10.00-18.00 09.00-18.00 09.00-18.00        ∅
Speaker Service Centre 14.00-18.00 07.30-18.30 07.30-18.15 07.30-18.15 07.30-12.00

*The Inaugural session will take place on Saturday 23 May from 18.00 to 19.15  and will be followed by a networking event inside the venue.

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