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ESC Spring Summit 2020

4 - 5 March 2020, European Heart House - Sophia Antipolis, France

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2020 ESC Spring Summit.

This year’s event took place under unique circumstances and its success is a tribute to everyone who presented and participated - both at the European Heart House and off-site.



Key messages

The focus of our meeting was ‘Learning and change.’

We know that:

  • Cardiovascular disease is still the world’s biggest killer (6.3 million premature deaths per year), but complacency has set in despite these frightening figures.
  • There is a false perception that CVD is ‘too big to tackle’, inevitable (old age) or self-inflicted (obesity, smoking etc).
  • Insufficient focus and investment are being given to tackling unmet needs in CVD.
  • Testing new treatments for CVD is excessively cumbersome and costly.

The ESC is responding to these issues by:

  • Working with patients to convince decision-makers that CVD should be a priority. The statistics will have more impact when supported with real-life stories.
  • Addressing the burden of CVD in Europe by recording both the societal and the human cost. Decision-makers care about cost-effectiveness and impact.
  • Building Europe-wide continuous patient registries (EuroHeart) and advancing the use of electronic health records and the digital infrastructure of national health systems to monitor quality of care and conduct pragmatic, low-cost RCTs. This strategy would both improve care and bring investment to CVD in Europe.
  • Creating new ways of training cardiologists that better prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. Adopting the new ESC Core Curriculum will improve patient care.

Slides and videos


Presentation Speaker Slides Video
Learning and change at the ESC for the ESC Barbara Casadei    
The Trials of the Future Martin Landray    
Burden of CVD: Why do we need to engage? Alastair Gray    
The power of using the same language Lars Wallentin    
Fostering future leaders in cardiovascular medicine Perry Elliott    
European Heart Academy Perry Elliott    
LSE programme Anna Kontsevaya    
DAS-CAM programme Katja Odening    
Women transforming leadership course Jelena Čelutkienė    
Achieving leadership excellence Emma Soane    
Negotiate to create value and Intrapreneurship Mariëlle Heijltjes    
Why do we need a Core Curriculum and a European exam? Paulus Kirchhof    
The new ESC Core Curriculum Felix Tanner
Alice Brennan
The European Exam in General Cardiology: a success story "EEGC" Chris Plummer    
The European Exam in General Cardiology Experience Tuula Meinander    
President's Report Barbara Casadei    
Nominating Committee report and introduction of candidates Barbara Casadei    
President-Elect Candidate A Dan Atar    
President-Elect Candidate B Franz Weidinger    



2020 Photos


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