COVID-19: ESC Congress 2020 to become a completely virtual event


The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is for the first time in its 70-year history, to hold its annual meeting (ESC Congress) 100% online. A press release states that the move follows an announcement from the Dutch government banning public gatherings until 1 September to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The ESC Congress 2020 was to be held between 29 August and 1 September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the online event will held across the same dates. According to the press release, this “cutting-edge” online will be “extraordinary”. It adds that the ESC is creating a digital experience “to disseminate the most exciting cardiovascular science in the most engaging formats possible—and featuring key opinion leaders from around the world”.

Features of the meeting include:

  • Dedicated COVID-19 track showcasing first-hand experience of top experts across the globe.
  • Late-Breaking Trial Sessions revealing the most anticipated clinical results.
  • Novel research presented in abstracts covering all areas of cardiovascular science.
  • Key opinion leaders explaining how new research impacts practice.
  • New ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines introduced and discussed by those who wrote them.
  • Stay tuned for details of online press conferences.

Additionally, the press release reports that the call for Late-Breaking Science is open until 21 May.


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