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Scientific Programme by Type and Track

ESC Congress 2020 - The Digital Experience

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.

You'll find the sessions in their dedicated track.

COVID-19 and CVD

Coverage on the latest research, trials, registries and organisation of care.

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The European Society of Cardiology will release four new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines brought to you in a great live show including key messages and interactive panel discussing implications for practice:

  • 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, find in the programme all detailed presentations relating to the Guideline.

Late-Breaking Science

These high-profile sessions feature the latest advances in cardiovascular science and include presentations of recently completed, unpublished, important findings from major clinical trials that will influence clinical cardiovascular care.

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

Hot Lines will be presented daily in the Live Prime Time with discussions around the findings and implications for practice. See Hot Lines to be presented

More Late-Breaking Science Sessions also available daily throughout the playlist and on demand programme.


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

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.


Practical topics to help your daily practice and bring you accredited knowledge and valuable education.

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.

How Should I Treat Session

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

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.

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.

Controversy Track

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

Hear the experts engage in the arguments made and the positions taken.


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


Abstract-Based Programme

Over 4,000 abstracts will be presented during the online event on dynamic platforms in all categories of presentation – Poster Sessions, Moderated Posters, Rapid Fire Abstracts, and Advances in Science – to enhance scientific exchanges and networking.


Special Sessions

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 in all related topics.

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.


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


ESC Young Communities

A programme designed by and for the young communities with the support of internationally renowned experts throughout all topics.

Get accredited knowledge and valuable education exploring the latest technologies and approaches and solutions for your future professional pathway.

The "Young Clinicians" group present their cases and discuss management with senior experts during highly interactive and educational sessions. Sessions can be found throughout the topic programme released daily

The “Young Scientists” group, who work closely with the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science, present a dedicated track with the most relevant and up to date information in basic cardiovascular research. Sessions can be found throughout the Basic Science programme released daily

Named Lectures and Honorary Lecture

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.

Discover Legends and experts

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.

Daily Wrap-Up

Every day, an overview of the key scientific exchange with important take-home messages presented to you by our experts.