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Welcome to Lisbon and EHRA 2019!

Implementing diagnostic & therapeutic innovations in daily practice

“At EHRA 2019, the spotlight is on innovation, and we have tried to carry this theme through the congress programme,” says Professor Haran Burri, EHRA Congress Scientific Programme Chair 2018–202

Arrhythmias and Device Therapy


burri-harran-2019.jpg"We have an Innovation Track running over the 3 days and an Innovation Stage that will showcase the work of scientific inventors competing for the Innovations Prize", 

Professor Haran Burri continues.

One of the main innovations of the programme is the ‘Meet My Patient’ session. Today (15:30, Mobitz) and tomorrow (10:00, Mobitz), four of our patients will tell us about their diseases, treatments and the daily impact on their lives. This novel approach will help us see heart rhythm disorders more clearly through the eyes of patients. Also new is the ‘EHRA Open’, three interactive quizzes in the form of championships (‘ECG Open’, ‘Device Tracings Open’ and an ‘EP Tracings Open’), which should provide some enjoyable education and healthy competition! We strive to deliver what the EHRA community are looking for, with new activities and opportunities, but we also take onboard feedback about what delegates want to see—this year we have more ‘Live’ and ‘Live in the Box’ technical sessions.

We are delighted with the high level of participation this year. We have a record- breaking 1631 abstract presentations over the congress, which is almost 500 more than in 2018. In addition, we had a record number of 42 late-breaking submissions, which shows the positive activity in our field. I am indebted to Katja Zeppenfeld, the Congress Scientific Programme Committee Co-chair, to the Congress Scientific Programme Committee members and 360 abstract reviewers who have volunteered their time so freely to help put together this exciting and novel programme.”

heidbuchel-hein-2019.jpgProfessor Hein Heidbuchel, EHRA President 2018–2020, describes how EHRA 2019 helps to perfectly illustrate the goals of the 2018–2020 board.

“Delivering a scientifically vigorous yearly congress is a strong part of who we are as a large association, and it gives us a wonderful opportunity to exchange and challenge ideas. EHRA 2019 is a place where electrophysiology enthusiasts can convene, not only those from ESC member states but also countries beyond geographical Europe. This fits with another of our goals, to make EHRA more open, inclusive and interactive. We want to increase the participation of under-represented groups and are pleased to have faculty from 52 countries. We have made EHRA 2019 as affordable as possible to increase attendance, particularly from less-affluent countries and by young members. This year 600 grants have been offered to attend the congress in total, of which EHRA has awarded 425 Educational Congress Grants to support part of travel and accommodation costs together with free registration. We will continue to address hurdles to facilitate participation, both for attendees and faculty. At EHRA 2019 and beyond, we are looking at ways to better improve bi-directional communication with all our members, with new ways to provide feedback and interaction (quizzes, open- presentation fora, interactive congress app etc.) and involve everyone in EHRA decision making.

Setting high educational standards is another important goal. In addition to courses, webinars and scientific recommendations, we will focus on practical guidance documents.

EHRA certification is increasingly recognised as a de facto standard in European countries. We will also strengthen our involvement in accreditation via collaboration with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) to guarantee the highest quality of educational events. We are committed to promoting independent medical education and safeguarding congresses for the future.

Another goal is increasing EHRA’s involvement in active research, not only by providing a forum for presentations at our congress but also by supporting and partnering in research endeavours. The EU-funded ESCAPE-NET and CATCH-ME studies are ongoing, as well as EAST and STEEER-AF, and two new Horizon 2020 applications have proceeded to the second evaluation round. 

Finally, we want to strengthen EHRA’s role in advocacy. There are some new directions in medicine that could have an important impact on our daily practice, and we need to lead the way with these. Join us in sessions on digital health and medical device regulation and be sure to come to the new patient sessions!”

We hope people enjoy their time in Lisbon and look forward to everyone’s ongoing involvement with EHRA!”