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Scientific Sessions at ESC Congress

The scientific programme highlights the most relevant issues in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, ranging from basic to clinical and population research.

Start the Congress Saturday with the ESC Guidelines mini quiz sessions, experience the full programme starting at 11:00 in all Villages and enjoy the Inaugural session including the Keynote Address:  'The Future of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Digital Era' by Eric Topol, MD, Chair of Innovative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute and former Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Stay with us until Wednesday when the experts will bring you Congress Condensed sessions with essential take-home messages for your practice.


An important part of the scientific programme this year will focus on practical sessions based on key issues faced in actual clinical practice cases, and on how guidelines may be applied in challenging situations.

The selection of the scientific content is carried out by the Congress Programme Committee (CPC). The programme is prepared in close collaboration with the ESC Working Groups, Associations and Councils.

The cross-collaboration spirit of the ESC and its constituent bodies will be highlighted by the spotlight of ESC Congress 2016 ‘The Heart Team’, emphasising the importance of teamwork and interactions between all professionals and specialties involved in the fight against cardiovascular disease.

Guidelines in Practice

2016 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Guideline session

Major ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines will be presented in Rome:
•    Dyslipidaemias
•    Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
•    Atrial Fibrillation
•    Heart Failure
•    Cardio-Oncology (Position paper)

View the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions


Meet the Guidelines Task Force

Meet the Guidelines task force

The very popular "Meet the Guidelines Task Force sessions", under the auspices of the ESC Committee for Practice Guidelines, are face to face interchanges between practitioners who will be using the Guidelines on a daily basis and the authors of the Guidelines.
An open discussion and an answer on what you would like to know about the new ESC Guidelines and their implementation.

View the Meet the Guidelines Task Force sessions


Guidelines in daily practice

These sessions have been designed to highlight what the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines really mean and how to implement these in your daily practice. Sessions are illustrated with cases and processes for the application of the guidelines.

View the Guidelines in daily Practice sessions


ESC Cardiology Quiz

Delegations from three different teams in competition will be submitted to a series of questions and tests about different topics in Cardiology. Actively looking for participation and interaction with the audience, in a framework in which there is room for humor as well!



This programme highlights the contribution of National Cardiac Societies to ESC Congress. This year, ten societies have each designed their "My NCS@ESC" track. A series of Guidelines in daily practice sessions based on 2015 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines and the new 2016 Guidelines. This year participating countries are: Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands. These sessions are developed in collaboration with the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines Task Force and Education department.

View the My NCS@ESC sessions


Expert sessions

Meet the Experts

Get the input of experts in key decisions related to practical management in daily situations. Each session is based on three clinical cases which will be discussed by a panel of experts.

Discussion will concluded with essential take-home messages for practitioners.

View the Meet the Experts sessions


Heart Team

Sessions presenting the essential interactions between all professionals involved in the management of the incoming patient.
This is a unique opportunity to witness the cardiovascular team in action and how all specialties come together.
View the Heart Team Sessions

Case-based symposia

Practical & interactive sessions specific to particular topics or themes.
These are based upon the presentation of clinical cases and designed to allow for panel discussions and interaction with the audience.

View the Case-based symposia



Sessions in which renowned experts present state of the art reviews on clinical cardiology, basic and clinical cardiovascular research, and epidemiology, with a focus on what is relevant today and for the future.



What a great way to start the day! Wake up your brain with breakfast and discussion. A unique opportunity for intense interaction between a small audience and experts in various fields of cardiology.

These sessions will take place between 07:45 and 08:15 in the Hub and the Agora.

View the Science@breakfast sessions


NEW! - Gladiators Arena

Debates and controversies

These new interactive battles are an alternative to the traditional debate sessions and will be held in The Hub. Live and engaging discussions between leading keynote speakers on topical and controversial issues. A key opinion leader will position the topic of the battle and after the "debate" the audience will vote for the best argument presented.

View the Gladiators Arena sessions


ESC Young Communities

Cardiologists of Tomorrow

The ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow programme is a partnership between the ESC and its National and Affiliated Cardiac Societies. It consists of a dynamic specific educational track throughout the Congress that will provide young cardiologists with some of the most relevant and up to date information on key areas in cardiovascular medicine. The most challenging cases will be presented during ESC Congress in different sessions.

View the Cardiologists of Tomorrow sessions


Clinical case learning sessions

Six highly interactive and educational sessions dedicated to presentations of cases submitted under the four main themes:
“Arrhythmias”, “Valvular heart disease”, “Acute Cardiac Care” and “Interventional Cardiology”.
Seven presentations per session during which young clinicians will present their cases and experts will be asked to moderate the sessions, facilitate interaction with the audience, prompt discussions, challenge the presenters and the audience.
The main objective of the session is to learn from challenging clinical case scenarios.

Challenging case session
The four best cases selected will be presented in a special session entitled "Challenging Case Reports from the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow".
The ESC will give a prize of €2 000 to the best case presentation while the three other finalists will each receive €1 000.
The winner will be selected by the Chairpersons, panelists and the audience of the session on the following criteria: Originality - Scientific content - Presentation - Answers to questions. Results will be announced during the Awards Ceremony.

View the Clinical Case sessions


Scientists of Tomorrow

The “Scientists of Tomorrow” is a group of young proactive basic and clinical researchers, who work closely with the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science to fulfill its mission in promoting and supporting basic science among young ESC members.

Members of the "Scientists of Tomorrow" will contribute to the scientific, educational and advocacy activities of the ESC paving the way of its future.

This is a dedicated track in the Basic Science programme with six sessions, three science@breakfast sessions, 1 special session dedicated to grant applications and 1 transversal session with the Cardiologists of Tomorrow. Sessions include key tips on the first successful grant application, the first paper published and importantly, opportunities to develop the next career step.

View the Scientists of Tomorrow sessions


International Young Community

The Cardiologists of Tomorrow as well as the Scientists of Tomorrow have prepared sessions in collaboration with the Young Community from Argentina, the Young Community from China as well as the Italian Young Community.

Fruitful exchanges will ensue for the young communities and the audience.


A day with the Legends

Not to be missed ! a great opportunity to meet Key Opinions leaders in Cardiology ,

Discover the programme and presentation of the "Legends" you will meet at the Congress

Joint sessions


These sessions, organised together with major cardiovascular and other specialty organisations from around the world, will give us the opportunity to share views and perspectives on common or related issues.

Cardiology is an international community and we have much to learn from each other. Although the clinical settings differ around the world, we face similar challenges and similar cardiovascular disease processes.

The ESC takes this opportunity to thank all its partners for the fruitful collaboration.

This partnership broadens scientific knowledge and strengthens worldwide relations between cardiologists themselves and other professionals of different disciplines.

At ESC Congress 2016, the ESC is delighted to present a special focus on Argentina and China.

Most joint sessions will be found in their topic related Village.  Get an overview of the sessions and partners now.

A day with the Legends

Meet the Legends

This innovative programme aims to provide younger cardiologists and the general audience with a unique opportunity to interact with true legends, individuals who have changed the landscape of modern cardiology.

There is much the clinical cardiologist, the trainee and the researcher can learn. What made them to do it, what lessons have they learned and what may inspire leaders of tomorrow?

You ask the Legend...! An Open Forum concludes each session. Discover the programme and presentation of the "Legends" you will meet at the Congress


ESC Named Lectures

 Four prestigious European Society of Cardiology lectures by renowned specialists

  • ESC Geoffrey Rose Lecture on Population Sciences
  • ESC Rene Laennec Lecture on Clinical Cardiology
  • ESC William Harvey Lecture on Basic Science
  • ESC Andreas Grüntzig Lecture on Interventional Cardiology


Discover the programme and presentation of the "Legends" you will meet at the Congress

Special Tracks

General Cardiology for Physicians, Technicians and General Practitioners

A programme designed specifically for primary care physicians, general practitioners as well as general cardiologists to further their knowledge and enhance practice. The sessions will address daily practice issues and offer a forum for discussions and exchange between professionals and an international panel of experts.

View the General cardiology track for physicians, technicians and general practitioners


General Cardiology for Nurses and Allied Professionals

The participants will be able to discuss and debate the latest developments and future prospects and how nurse - led services contribute to improved evidence - based practice and outcomes, and effective strategies for guideline implementation.

These two tracks are organised in conjunction with the ESC Council for Cardiology Practice, the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Primary Care & the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, in collaboration with Italian partner groups and associations.

View the General cardiology track for nurses and allied professionals


NEW! - Surgeon Track

This new track builds a common platform for cardiology and cardiac surgery in order to learn from one another in an interactive educational format. Anatomy, pathophysiology  as well as therapeutical strategies of the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves will be discussed and illustrated by functional imaging as well as by a glimpse into both cathlab and operative theatre. Do not miss this unique opportunity to enrich your knowledge by attending this fascinating approach to harmonize both worlds!

View the surgeon track


NEW! - e-Cardiology Track

Novel developments in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) are continuously opening new possibilities to improve the quality of care in many fields of medicine, including cardiology. The goal of this track is to provide the audience with a multidisciplinary view on the current state-of-the-art of technological applications already in place in several fields of the cardiology arena, including remote monitoring in heart failure, m-health solutions for hypertension control, computer modelling in electrophysiology, and big data analytics, to highlight their potential as well as current limitations.

View the e-cardiology track


NEW! - Stroke Track

This new track about Stroke will include sessions such as a Young Investigators Awards session, a Heart Team session and a Gladiators Arena.All highly interactive sessions addressing this particularly interesting topic in cardiology.

View the stroke track


Cardiac Anatomy and Pathology Live sessions

Live-video and hands-on demonstration on heart specimens showing congenital and acquired heart disease.
These sessions are organised jointly by the Working Group on Developmental Anatomy and Pathology and the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology (AECVP).

View the Cardiac anatomy and pathology live sessions

Basic Science

An extensive Basic Science programme has been designed this year. Dedicated sessions will bring International key opinion leaders to the stage to discuss the most challenging and relevant findings in Basic Science in 2016.

View the Basic science sessions

Abstract sessions

Advances in Science

Presenting the latest original findings in science in combination with expert lectures on specific topics.
These sessions will bring you the best abstracts and key opinion leader perspectives on the progress in science.
What do the experts say, what does novel research show us ...
Two lectures and three abstracts: these sessions are the pathways to the progress in science.
View the Advances in Science sessions


Rapid Fire abstracts

These fast paced and interactive sessions will present key messages of ten abstracts. Each presentation will be followed by Questions & Answers discussion with the experts' chairs and with the audience.

View the 'Rapid Fire abstracts' sessions


Young Investigators Awards

Selected for the outstanding quality of their work, four young Investigators will be competing in each session for a prestigious ESC Award presenting their original research in front of a jury.
The awards will be focused on Basic Science, Clinical Science, Thrombosis, Population Sciences, Coronary Pathophysiology and microcirculation and Stroke (New this year!).  The ESC will grant the winner with a prize of €2 000 and finalists will each receive a prize of €1 000.
View the Young Investigators Awards Abstracts Sessions


Nursing and Allied Professions Investigator Award

This award aims to recognise significant contributions from investigators in cardiovascular nursing and allied professions.
The ESC will grant the winner with a prize of €2 000 and finalists will each receive a prize of €1 000. View session's details

Moderated Posters

These sessions are composed of seven original top rated abstracts. Each Moderated Poster station features a large screen on which the abstracts will be presented in electronic format, as well as additional screens on the border of the station, where they will be available for consultation during the entire poster session (half day).
The research will be presented and discussed by the first author and two moderators during the coffee breaks. The audience is welcome to join in the discussion. Presenters are in competition for the "Best Moderated Poster" to win a free registration for ESC Congress 2017.
View Moderated Posters sessions


Best Posters

In recognition of the high scientific value of the abstracts presented as posters, each poster session will feature a BEST POSTER display - a large plasma screen where the four high score Posters will be presented. The screen will be shared in four parts and during the viewing time, each poster will take in turns full screen to allow time for Poster discussion. A discussant will visit the presenters during the dedicated viewing time to animate discussions. Make sure you stop by the Best Poster screens to view!
Meet the presenters during the morning and the afternoon breaks (12:30 to 13:30 on Saturday, 10:00 to 11:00 and 15:30 to 16:30 from Sunday to Tuesday). View Best Posters sessions


Seven different sessions each including a wide range of topics covered,  from Saturday until Tuesday evening.
Visual display of the abstracts in a topic dedicated area.
Meet the presenters during the morning and the afternoon breaks (12:30 to 13:30 on Saturday, 10:00 to 11:00 and 15:30 to 16:30 from Sunday to Tuesday).

Late-Breaking Science sessions

ESC Congress is the place where latest findings and original research are not just presented but reviewed and discussed.

Each presentation will be followed by experts' interventions to highlight the relevance of the data presented and provide clear take home messages and to place the recent trials into perspective and measure the implications on clinical practice.

View the complete programme


Hot Lines

Hot Lines are sessions reserved for first presentations of the primary endpoint(s) of novel clinical trials. Each trial presentation and discussant review will be followed by concluding discussions involving the panel.


Clinical Trial Updates

Clinical Trial Updates are sessions open for new data or secondary analyses of trials where the primary data have been presented previously. Each trial presentation and discussant review will be followed by concluding discussions involving the panel and the audience.



Registries are sessions reserved for presentations of new registry or new data / analyses from a registry.
Data not previously presented.

Meet the Trialists

Your chance to interact directly with the Hot Line presenters and to better understand the findings and their implications. These sessions are designed for maximum interactivity with the audience. The chairperson will moderate the session, facilitate questions from the audience as well as animate the session asking questions.

Basic and Translational Science Hot Lines

These sessions will present the latest and "hottest" findings of studies in basic and translational cardiovascular science.

Highlight Sessions

ESC Congress Highlight session

An overview by experts of all the new and exciting developments in clinical and population sciences, presented at the Congress.
All important take-home messages for you in under 2 hours on Wednesday 31 August at 10:30 in room Rome.


ESC Basic Science Highlight session

An overview by experts of all the new and exciting developments in basic science presented at the Congress.
All important take-home messages on Wednesday 31 August at 08:30 in The Hub.


ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016 Highlight session

An overview by experts of all the new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines presented at the Congress held on Wednesday 31 August at 09:00 in room Rome.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Workshops


Come and learn about the latest CPR guidelines (2015) and meet ERC qualified instructors on Stand EP-Z250, ESC Plaza, next to Main Auditorium, room Rome.

ESC and ERC (European Resuscitation Council) have the pleasure to offer delegates 90 minutes refresher workshops on CPR & AED and Advanced Skills, free of charge. The content of those refresher workshops is based on in-hospital scenarios, on the latest ERC guidelines and a certificate of attendance will be sent to participants by ERC after the congress.

Pre-register onsite and, as space is limited, please check in 5 minutes before start of session.

New this year! Sessions will start on Saturday afternoon; stand will be open from 9:00 - come and register.

CPR & AED refresher workshop
Saturday 27 August: 13:30 to 15:00
Sunday 28 August to Tuesday 30 August: 09:00 to 10:30 and 14:00 to 15:30

Advanced CPR Skills workshop
Saturday 27 August: 15:30 to 17:00
Sunday 28 August to Tuesday 30 August: 11:30 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 18:00


Watch CPR instructors and delegates in action!

Industry sessions

Our industry partners are at the very heart of patient care, providing delegates with the necessary data on products and resources to facilitate your daily practice and improve patient outcomes.
The very latest cardiovascular developments will be discussed and debated during the congress – Make sure you share in this experience by attending the following:

EBAC Accredited Educational Programmes

The EBAC (European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology) accreditation, granted by a board of specialists widely recognised in the field of cardiology, confirms the scientific and educational quality of programmes proposed by national and international scientific or academic organisations and institutions, such as medical professional organisations, universities or teaching hospitals.
EBAC Accredited Educational Programmes allows the participants to receive CME credits for the time spent in the educational activity.

Satellite Symposia

Cooperation between clinicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical and technical industries has significantly contributed to a better understanding and management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. This is reflected in a series of Satellite Symposia that will offer delegates an in-depth view of scientific progress and research in cardiovascular care.

Experts on the Spot

These sessions provide delegates attending or interested in Satellite Symposia and EBAC Accredited Educational Programmes with a further opportunity to question and exchange with topic experts in a concise and interactive format on the session content.

Hands-On Tutorials

Take home practical techniques and advice from the experts on the application of the latest equipment, devices and therapies relevant to your practice.
These industry tutorials provide participants with an opportunity for hands-on and/or one to one learning from clinical and/or technical experts on specific areas of expertise. Industry experts will provide participants with educational sessions and practical demonstrations in intimate classroom settings (30-50 pax).