The governance of the ESC Councils is defined by the ESC Board approved procedures available online here.
According to these rules of governance, elections are organised every two years by electronic voting which is put in place with the support of the ESC staff.
The Nucleus and Nominating Committee of each Council is elected by the Council's voting members.
The elections are supervised by the Nominating Committee, who must ensure that the procedures detailed in this document are respected. You'll find the details of the Nominating Committees below.
The elections of the ESC Councils will be organised according to the same rules and timelines, as detailed below.
The role of the Nominating Committee is to supervise the good running of elections following a call for candidates for open positions.
The Nominating Committee:
- Ensures that the criteria for eligibility are pre-defined.
- Evaluates the candidates and proposes all suitable candidates per position.
- Strives to encourage a good balance of candidates by considering the experience of the candidates, the geographical representation of ESC countries, and the gender.
- The Nominating Committee may decide not to validate candidates with conflicting roles on the slate for election.
- The Nominating Committee must ensure full transparency of decision-making in these processes. In no case can the Nominating Committee influence or change the results of the voting.
If you wish to receive any information about the 2022–2024 elections, we invite you to contact the chairperson of the relevant Nominating Committee.
ESC Council for Cardiology Practice
- Dimitrios Richter, (Past-Chairperson of the Council for Cardiology Practice) Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Maxime Guenoun
- Gonzalo Baron Esquivias
- Sigmund Silber
ESC Council for Cardio-Oncology
- Riccardo Asteggiano, (Past-Chairperson of the Council of Cardio-Oncology) Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Daniel Lenihan
- Mark Westwood
ESC Council for Cardiovascular Genomics
- Perry Elliott, (Chairperson of the Council on Cardiovascular Genomics) Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Franco Cecchi
- Claudio Rapezzi
- Giuseppe Limongelli
ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
- Johannes Waltenberger, Past-Chairperson of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Jean-Pierre Benitah
- Yuri D'Alessandra
- Johannes Matthijs Hartog
ESC Council on Hypertension
- Giovanni de Simone, Past-Chairperson of the Council on Hypertension, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Dana Cramariuc
- Edda Bahlmann
- Tatiana Kouznetsova
ESC Council on Stroke
- Wolfram Doehner, Past-Chairperson of the Council on Stroke, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Jakub Sulzenko
- Isabelle van Gelder
- Mikael Mazighi
ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease
- Luc Pierard, Past-Chairperson of the Council on Valvular Heart Disease, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee - email
- Carla de Sousa
- Eylem Levet
- Michele Pighi
Elections of Nucleus and Nominating Committee members
Which positions are open?
Please refer to the individual Council election pages for details on the open positions.
- ESC Council for Cardiology Practice
- ESC Council for Cardio-Oncology
- ESC Council for Cardiovascular Genomics
- ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
- ESC Council on Hypertension
- ESC Council on Stroke
- ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease
Who can apply?
The position of Chairperson-Elect is open only to current or immediate past Nucleus members within the relevant Council, excepting the Immediate Past-Chairperson. Candidates eligible for this role must have spent no more than six years on the nucleus they are applying to (consecutive or not).
The other positions available in the Nucleus and Nominating Committee are open to the entire Council membership.
In all Council elections, the following rules must be respected:
- Limitations of cumulative positions within the ESC: In order to ensure a renewal within the ESC and a good internal functioning, an officer may not hold more than three leadership or chair positions at the same time. Being a Nucleus Member of a Council is counted as one leadership position. A candidate who already holds three offices may therefore not stand for election or be proposed as a candidate, except if one of his/her term of office expires before the new functions start.
- Limitation of representation within ESC Constituent Bodies: for the duration of their mandates, nucleus members cannot simultaneously hold another position as an elected Nucleus / Board Member in an ESC Association, Working Group or another Council, unless if co-opted in a non-voting position.
- Limitations of years of service within a nucleus: Council nucleus members may remain on one same nucleus a maximum of 12 years (consecutive or not).
- Only Council members whose place of work is an ESC member country can be elected to Nucleus positions.
- Nucleus members are required to be either ESC Professional Members or Fellows of the ESC (FESC).
If the candidate’s situation towards above rules changes after voting has taken place, the candidate must inform the Nominating Committee which will decide on further actions, including the possible annulment of the election.
Who can vote?
Council members that are considered eligible to vote are those who were members of the same Council at least one month before the opening of the electronic vote, whose membership does not expire before the voting commences, and whose country of work is in an ESC member country.
- 15 February - 31 March 2022: Call for candidates - Sent by email to all members of all the ESC Councils
- 1 April - 30 April 2022: Review of applications - All applications are checked for eligibility and reviewed by the Nominating Committee. ESC Staff then informs all candidates as to whether their candidature has been pre-selected by the Nominating Committee.
- 2 - 31 May 2022: Online electronic voting
- June 2022: Announcement of the election results
- 1 September 2022: Start of new mandate