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ESC Congress 2020 - Your Questions Answered

Congress Status

Will ESC Congress 2020 take place in Amsterdam?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government in the Netherlands has banned all meetings until 1 September. As Amsterdam was to be our host city, it is no longer possible for ESC Congress to take place as planned. However, the ESC remains committed to delivering practice-changing science to the cardiology community, and we look forward to bringing you 'ESC Congress 2020: Challenging Times, Infinite Possibilities'.

Will the Amsterdam meeting be postponed ?

The congress will not be postponed. The latest novel science, new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines science, as well as a full abstract programme will be shared in a unique and exciting new format. From Saturday, 29 August to Tuesday, 1 September you can take part in 'ESC Congress 2020: Challenging Times, Infinite Possibilities'. Watch this space for more details coming soon.


Will my registration fee be refunded?

You will receive more information by the end of May. Thank you for your patience.


I submitted my science to ESC Congress. When will the results be announced ?

Abstract and clinical case results were announced on Wednesday, 6 May. Late-Breaking Science results will be announced by the end of June. Following the review and selection process, each submitter will be notified by email to confirm if their submission is accepted or not. We will contact the assigned presenter with further information by email in due course.

Will my abstract still be published and where?

One week before the congress, accepted abstracts will be available on ESC 365 – the online library, via the Scientific Programme & Planner and on the ESC Congresses Mobile App. The presentation platform wlll be confirmed in due course, along with your next steps. All presented abstracts will be published in the abstract supplement of the European Heart Journal – Volume 41, October 2020.

Can I withdraw my science and submit it elsewhere?

Yes. Withdrawals are still possible after the results are announced. If you wish to withdraw your abstract/clinical case/Late-Breaking Science, please notify us as quickly as possible, stating the title and number to be withdrawn.

Can I still submit my Late-Breaking Science and will I be able to present it online?

The Late-Breaking Science submission is open until 21 May 2020. The ESC is putting in place the necessary conditions to ensure the Late-Breaking Science will have utmost visibility and reach in 'ESC Congress 2020: Challenging Times, Infinite Possibilities'. Instructions will be provided to the presenter when the results are announced.

CME and Accreditation

Will I get CME credits for attending the new format ESC Congress 2020?

We are currently investigating options to have the new format of ESC Congress 2020 accredited by UEMS EACCME. More information to be released when available.

Transportation and Hotels

Can I get refunded for my accommodation?

If your hotel booking was made through the official hotel agency, RAI Hotel Service, we are pleased to inform you that you will benefit from free cancellation. Please contact them with your booking reference. If not, please contact your agency or the hotel directly to check the cancellation conditions.

Will my public transport tickets bought online with my registration be refunded?

Transport tickets purchased together with a registration will be automatically refunded on the credit card used to register. If the payment was made by bank transfer you can add the bank details in your My ESC account. Note that the refunds will only be made to the account used for the payment of your registration.

What steps should I take to get reimbursed for the costs related to my travel?

For your airline travel, contact your airline directly and if you have taken a travel insurance, contact your provider for information about the cancellation procedure. 


I applied for an ESC Congress Educational Grant. What happens next?

As ESC Congress will not take place in Amsterdam as scheduled, the Congress Grant selection will not be announced for the 2020 edition. We thank you for your recent application and invite you to apply next year.

Fellowship of the ESC (FESC)

I have been elected Fellow of the ESC this year how can I collect my Certificate

Your FESC team will be in contact with you directly to ensure you receive your certificate.

I was eligible to attend ESC Congress 2020 for free as I am a FESC. Will my 2020 FESC fee be refunded?

Being a FESC shows your high level of engagement with the ESC. Your FESC fee contributes to the community, ensuring the good running of the FESC programme with its many benefits throughout the year. ESC Congress is taking place in a different format this year due to exceptional circumstances. FESC fees are separate from the ESC Congress 2020 registration fees and are therefore not refundable. The ESC is committed to ensuring the FESC community continues to receive long-term value and recognition from their fellowship and will be in contact with new developments as they become available. For any queries, please contact the FESC team.

Governance - Meetings

I was supposed to attend an ESC committee, Association, Council or Working Group meeting. Will it be postponed or held via conference call?

Each meeting chair will decide on the way to proceed and you will be advised in due course.

If you have read the above and your question is not answered

The page will be regularly updated. You can also contact the congress team.