A look back on the history of the ESC
The European Society of Cardiology
In 1946 and 1948, during the Second and Third Inter-American Congresses of Cardiology held in Mexico and Chicago, several European Cardiologists discussed the possible creation of a European Society of Cardiology.
On 29 January 1949, a preliminary meeting was held in Brussels with representatives from 14 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. A provisional Executive Committee was appointed that included C. Laubry (France) as Honorary President, G. Nylin (Sweden) as President, and D.E. Belford (UK), E. Coehlo (Portugal) and J. Lenegre (France) as Vice-Presidents.
The first Board prepared a draft constitution and, on 2 September 1950, prior to the First World Congress of Cardiology in Paris, the European Society of Cardiology officially came into existence.
The first European Congress of Cardiology was held in London in September 1952 under the Presidency of Sir John Parkinson. Subsequently, European Congresses were held every four years until 1988. After, the General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to hold the Congress annually, starting with the Vienna meeting in 1988.
The European Heart House
The foundation stone of the European Heart House was laid on the 27 November 1992 by the President of the ESC, Professor Michel E. Bertrand, FESC (Lille, France), who also inaugurated the Heart House on the 31 August 1993, during the XV Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Nice. 300 people, including the representatives of National Societies and Working Groups and 100 local dignitaries, attended the ceremony. The 1993 elected Fellows of the ESC had the unique opportunity to receive their F.E.S.C. Diploma within the context of the inauguration of the European Heart House.
The European Heart House represents a milestone in the long-standing commitment of the European Society of Cardiology to foster the development of cardiology and to further education in the field of cardiovascular disease. It actually meets the Society's need for headquarters and for an Educational and Training Centre.
The surroundings of the European Heart House are not only pleasant. Sophia Antipolis (South of France) is in an area that has a unique concentration of technological, research and development related activities, including the fields of computer science, electronics, telecommunications, health and pharmaceutical research.
Since the provisional Executive Committee of the ESC eighteen eminent cardiologists have been Presidents of the European Society of Cardiology.
Presidents of the European Society of Cardiology
|President||Country of Origin||Date|
|Evan Bedford||United Kingdom||1956-1960|
|Herman Snellen||The Netherlands||1972-1976|
|Franz Loogen, EFESC||Germany||1980-1984|
|Paul Hugenholtz, EFESC||The Netherlands||1984-1988|
|Michel Bertrand, FESC||France||1991-1994|
|Philip Poole-Wilson||United Kingdom||1994-1996|
|Gunter Breithardt, FESC||Germany||1996-1998|
|Lars Rydén, FESC||Sweden||1998-2000|
|Maarten Simoons, FESC||The Netherlands||2000-2002|
|Jean-Pierre Bassand, FESC||France||2002-2004|
|Michal Tendera, FESC||Poland||2004-2006|
|Kim Fox, FESC||United Kingdom||2006-2008|
|Roberto Ferrari, FESC||Italy||2008-2010|
|Michel Komajda, FESC||France||2010-2012|
|Panos Vardas, FESC||Greece||2012-2014|
|Fausto Pinto, FESC||Portugal||2014-2016|
|Jeroen Bax, FESC||Netherlands||2016-2018|
|Barbara Casadei, FESC||United Kingdom||2018-2020|