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ESC Working Groups

ESC Working Groups bring together leading experts in their field to provide education, share their expertise and facilitate important exchange, bringing together both young and established between researchers and clinicians.

ESC Board member for Working Groups

cecilia-linde.jpgProf. Cecilia Linde, Sweden

Vice-President for Working Groups and Councils, Women in ESC, ESC Membership and Young Communities


The 15 Working Groups are the scientific backbone of the ESC

Primarily dedicated to research and education, they contribute to:

  • The organisation and preparation of ESC Congress, as well as scientific meetings, courses and symposia in specific areas of expertise.
  • Promote, design, coordinate and organise research in their specialty
  • Produce numerous field focused studies, registries, position papers, consensus documents and reviewing of ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.
  • Disseminate scientific knowledge to bring the benefit of translational research to practising physicians
  • Gather and exchange information regarding research and related activities within the Working Group and with interest to members of the Working Group.
  • Organise Teaching Workshops
  • Recommend the establishment of ESC Task Forces to the Committee for Practice Guidelines and Policy Conferences to publish appropriate guidelines and recommendations and to set up Study Groups to discuss and publish issues of contemporary importance to the Working Group.

All Working Groups follow ESC statutes and participate in the Mission Statement of the ESC which is: 

To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease


Discover the ESC Working Group that gets to the heart of your subspecialty in the cardiovascular field – they are networks that will make a difference to your research, your practice and your ongoing medical development.


Working Groups Internal Governance

The ESC an Association managed under the 1901 French law, it is a is a non-profit organisation.

Working Groups are one of the main ESC Constituent Bodies and are acting on behalf of the ESC in their domain of scientific expertise.

Working Groups are part of the ESC legal structure and consequently, do not have an independent legal identity. Therefore they have to follow the ESC Corporate rules in their activities.

  • Any commitment of the WORKING GROUP commits the ESC
  • Any liability of the WORKING GROUP is a liability of the ESC

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