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Scientific Programmes by Type and Track

ESC Congress 2020


COVID-19 and CVD

This track will be added to the programme in the coming weeks. Coverage on the organisation of care, treatment and trials as well as important discussions on lessons learnt.

SPOTLIGHT 2020: The Cutting Edge of Cardiology

The Spotlight of ESC Congress 2020 will highlight applications of the latest technology in clinical cardiology including:

  • use of advanced therapies, involving stem cells and genes, moving towards personalised medicine;
  • big data, artificial intelligence and wearable technology to reshape the delivery of medical care; and
  • robotics to introduce remote care and remote interventional cardiology to patients worldwide.

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ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The European Society of Cardiology will release four new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.

  • Non-St-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease (previously Grown-Up Congenital Heart Disease)
  • Sports Cardiology and Physical Activity in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

In addition, the programme features Meet the Guidelines Task Force Sessions to allow the audience to interact directly with the authors on the new guidelines and their implications for practice.

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Late-Breaking Science

Presentations of recently completed, unpublished, important findings from major clinical trials that will influence clinical cardiovascular care.

High-profile sessions featuring the latest advances in cardiovascular science that influence practice.

Late-Breaking Clinical Trial – Registry – Clinical Trial Update – Basic and Translational Science Hot Line.

Submissions will open mid-March until 21 May 2020


In-depth discussion of recent or innovative developments in cardiology and related fields. Presentations from renowned professionals to bring you up to date on the essentials in cardiovascular medicine.

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Cardiology in 4 Days

Want to get an all-round refresher/update in all topics of cardiology? An educational track is specifically designed to give you this.

Follow the entire track, or pick and choose your sessions based on your needs.

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Start your day early and engage with experts over coffee and breakfast on practical topics in sessions designed for maximum interaction.

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Case-Based Sessions

These sessions are built on real clinical practice situations and designed for maximum interaction with the audience.

Case-Based Symposium

 Focus on practical, difficult, or controversial aspects in clinical cardiovascular care. 

Guidelines in Daily Practice

Designed to support cardiologists in the implementation of guidelines in their daily practices. See the sessions.

This programme is also supported by the National Cardiac Societies with a focus on implementation in their countries.

How Should I Treat Session

Let the experts show you different possible approaches to clinical case management. See the sessions.


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Focus with the Expert Sessions

Expert Advice Sessions

In-depth educational sessions regarding specific and pertinent clinical questions with lectures by internationally acclaimed experts in their respective fields. See the sessions.

Meet the Experts

Sessions designed to highlight the input of experts regarding key decisions related to the practical management of cardiovascular disease in daily situations. See the sessions.

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Controversy Track

Experts debate controversial issues in clinical cardiovascular medicine in an engaging and dynamic format.

Take part in the Hub debates: be ready to engage in the arguments made and the positions taken.

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Live procedures recorded at leading, international centres.
Follow the cases managed by our experts in real-life situations, while the panel on stage discusses procedures and patient management.

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Digital Health

From digital medical records to big data and self-monitoring on smartphones and other devices, digital health is changing healthcare and how both doctors and their patients deal with medical conditions.

Sessions will highlight the technological applications in the field of e-cardiology for both research and clinical practice.

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Abstract-Based Programme

Over 4,500 abstracts will be presented during the congress as oral or poster presentations in various formats, allowing a maximum of interaction between presenters, leading experts and delegates.

Abstracts are currently being graded. Programme to be announced in early May.

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Saturday Tracks

A special fee of €55 to attend these one-day tracks is available for residents from the Netherlands from the following professions or categories: medical student, nurse and allied professional, general practitioner, emergency personnel. See the registration page for eligibility rules.

General Cardiology for Physicians, Technicians and General Practitioners

Organised in collaboration with the ESC Council for Cardiology Practice and the Netherlands Society of Cardiology.

A programme designed specifically for physicians, technicians and general practitioners.

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General Cardiology Nurses and Allied Professionals

Organised in collaboration with the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions and the Netherlands Society of Cardiology - NVVC VS/PA group.

Do not miss the additional Nursing & Allied Professionals Sessions throughout the Congress.

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Organised in collaboration with the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and the Netherlands Society of Cardiology.

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ESC Young Communities

A unique scientific and educational programme designed by and for the young communities with the support of internationally renowned experts.

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Special Sessions

Named Lectures and Honorary Lecture

Five prestigious European Society of Cardiology lectures by renowned leaders on population sciences, clinical cardiology, basic science, innovation and interventional cardiology.

ESC Congress Inspirational Lecture will be given as an introduction to the Awards Ceremony to be held on Monday, 31 August at 18:00.

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Quiz Sessions

Presenting fun and engaging sessions to refresh your knowledge and skills.

The Great Cardiovascular Quiz

Monday, 31 August – 16:40 – 17:50 on Centre Stage

It's fun, it's interactive and you can win prizes whilst revising current best practices based on guidelines, consensus opinion and the literature.

ECG Quiz: How to Interpret Challenging ECGs

Saturday, 29 August – 12:40 - 13:20 on Mars (the Hub)
organised by the young cardiologists

Mini-Quiz Sessions

Two teams from invited National Cardiac Societies will compete with questions based on 2019 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines. Quiz on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Agora.

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Cardiac Anatomy

Video demonstrations of heart specimens that show unique examples of congenital and acquired heart disease.

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Joint Sessions

Sessions organised with major cardiovascular and other specialty organisations from around the world, as well as sessions with input from internationally renowned journals, ESC associations and councils. Also features cardiopulmonary resuscitation workshops.

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Professional Development

Join us on the ESC Exchange for sessions dedicated to your professional development. Learn and discuss how to complement your clinical competencies with other skills and knowledge required in today’s cardiology.

The sessions will focus on a range of important professional development dimensions clustered around four thematic areas:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Patient Engagement, Women in Cardiology, Advocacy
  • How to Advance Your Career with New Skills in a Fast-Changing Environment

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Highlight Sessions 

Join us on Tuesday 1 September for essential take-home messages from ESC Congress 2020.

Congress Condensed Sessions

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2020
Basic Science
General Cardiology

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ESC Congress Highlight Session

This is 'the' session to attend before heading home to your practice! In just under two hours, leading experts present the most important take-home messages across all cardiovascular topics from the presentations made during ESC Congress 2020.