Each year the European Lung Foundation (ELF) presents its annual awards during the European Respiratory Society annual Congress. It recognises people making an impact on respiratory public health and also patients.
Dr. Maria Neira
ELF Chair Isabel Saraiva presented the 2019 ELF award to Dr Maria Neira (Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organisation (WHO)). The award recognised Dr Neira’s commitment to improving air quality globally and helping people to breathe clean air.
Read about Maria Neira’s achievements.
Anne Hidalgo, on behalf of C40 Cities
In 2018, the ELF Award went to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for the organisation’s dedication to improving air quality in numerous major cities, and for millions of citizens, worldwide. During the ERS International Congress in Paris, ELF Chair Isabel Saraiva went to Paris City Hall to present the ELF Award to Anne Hidalgo, the city’s mayor, who also chairs C40.
Watch Anne Hidalgo accept the ELF award at the 2018 award ceremony.
Professor Colin Sullivan
Outgoing ELF Chair Dan Smyth presented the ELF Award to Professor Colin Sullivan, the inventor of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The Award recognised Professor Sullivan’s huge contribution to improving the lives of people living with sleep apnoea – an issue personally felt by Dan, who uses CPAP himself.
The Sunday Times and its Environment Editor Johnathan Leake
We presented the ELF Award to The Sunday Times to celebrate their clean air campaign, which calls for better monitoring and reporting of pollution levels. Jonathan Leake, Science and Environment Editor of the Sunday Times, accepted the award, saying: "In journalism we receive a lot of awards, but these are mainly from other journalists. Getting recognition from scientists for the quality of our clean air campaign means a lot to us".
Watch Jonathan's acceptance video.
Coinciding with the launch of the second Healthy Lungs for Life campaign and its ‘take the active option’ message, double-lung transplant recipient and international athlete André Lassooij received the ELF Award for inspiring others through his achievements.
Zsuzsanna Jakab, on behalf of the World Health Organization
During the inaugural year of the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, and in celebration of its “breathe clean air” message, the ELF award recognised WHO for its work in providing guidelines for outdoor air quality.
Ex-smokers are unstoppable Campaign/ FC Barcelona
The ‘Ex-smokers are unstoppable campaign’, known as “Quit Smoking with Barca”. The programme aims to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of football fans around the world, by encouraging them to quit smoking.
Olaf Tufte & World Spirometry Day lung champions
Norweigan Olympic rowing champion, Olaf Tufte and the World Spirometry Day Lung Champions in recognition of their dedication to exercise and sport despite living with lung conditions.
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Juniper
In recognition of her work to promote quality of life in asthma care and clinical research.
35 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
Who all committed themselves to the fight for a tobacco-free Europe.
Yvo de Boer
Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in recognition of his outstanding efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on respiratory health.
Michael Rubens Bloomberg
Mayor of New York to mark his outstanding contributions to combat tobacco use worldwide.
Professor Bert Brunekreef
In recognition of his major contributions made to establish scientific evidence for the impact of the environment on lung health.
Professor Albert Osterhaus
In recognition of his ground-breaking research into the viruses responsible for avian flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Professor Sir Richard Peto
For pioneering epidemiological studies on tobacco-related deaths and cancer prevention.
For the European Lung White Book.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
For launching the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
For his outstanding work in the National Lung Heart and Blood Institute.
For his achievements in tobacco control in Europe.
ELF Patient Award
In recognition of her invaluable contribution to the production of the ERS “Fightback” magazine and for her bravery in sharing her story about her personal fight against TB.