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ESC Councils

The Councils encourage research, education, sharing of knowledge and teaching, thus contributing to the mission of the ESC: "To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease".

Each Council has a specific area of expertise. Their activities focus on research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Among other activities, the ESC Councils contribute to:

  • The organisation and preparation of ESC Congress, as well as subspecialty congresses and scientific meetings in specific areas of expertise
  • The promotion, design, coordination and organisation of educational and research activities in their specialty
  • The participation in task forces for ESC Guidelines
  • Career advancement of members through attribution of awards, grants, fellowships and networking events

Read more about ESC Councils activities and selected sessions at ESC Congress 2023

ESC Board Member for Councils

Stephan WINDECKER.jpg Prof. Stephan Windecker, Switzerland

Vice-President for Working Groups and Councils, 2022-2024


Internal governance

The ESC creates Councils to bring together cardiologists, nurses or other allied health professionals with common interests in a particular field of cardiovascular medicine, or other common needs, as a professional group.

The internal governance of the ESC Councils is detailed in the ESC Councils Internal Governance Procedures, an ESC Board approved document.

The present document is currently valid and was approved by the ESC Board in 2022.

Download the document

Activity reports

Each ESC Council produces an annual activity report which highlights the main achievements and activities per fiscal year. 

2021–2022 Activity Reports from ESC Councils