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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

It is with great regret that I inform you that Heart Failure 2020 & the 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 the FAQ.

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


Hotels and Transport

Heart Failure 2020, 23-26 May, Barcelona

Travel to Barcelona

Fly to Barcelona with direct flights from major cities.

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Getting to the Venue

Heart Failure 2020 will take place at the CCIB in Barcelona, Spain.

CCIB - Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019 Barcelona, Spagna

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Book Your Room

The ESC has appointed Bco Congresos as its official housing agency. For groups, please send your request by email to:

Beware of unauthorised or fraudulent hotel agencies.


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Information on Hotel Reservations

Beware of Unauthorised or Fraudulent Hotel Agencies

The ESC has appointed Bco Congresos in Barcelona as its only official housing agency for hotel reservations for Heart Failure 2020.

If you are contacted by any other company or agency offering housing for this congress, please note that these companies are not authorised to represent the ESC in any way, nor do they have access to the officially contracted ESC room blocks or rates.

Please be aware that these unauthorised companies might not deliver what they promise in terms of quality and location. Rates and extra charges can be inflated, or large fees placed on credit cards. If you are contacted by any such agency or have any questions regarding their legitimacy, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by telephone +33 (0) 492947623.

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Bco Congresos has selected a number of hotels with negotiated rates, either close to the congress centre or in the city centre with easy access.





Book your room now

You will be transferred to the online booking system of Bco Congresos.

Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For specific requests or other queries, please send an email to

Group reservations: For group reservations, please send an email request to

For other general accommodation queries, please don't hesitate to contact ESC directly:


Also of interest


Register as early as possible to take advantage of best rates.

Late fee is available until 17 April.

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Visa Requirements and Invitation Letter

A customised invitation letter for visa purposes is available for delegates with a confirmed registration paid in full.

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CME Credit and Certificate of Attendance

Heart Failure 2020 will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) accreditation.

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