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ELF at ERS Congress


This year at ERS Congress, we are looking forward to hosting a lot of exciting events and activities. Read on for a flavour of what’s to come!

What to look out for on social media

This year for the first time, we’ll be broadcasting parts of the ELF Patient Organisation Networking Day (28 September) on Facebook live. If you’re not able to attend in person, why not tune in on the day and watch from the comfort of your own home or office?

We will also be sharing interviews with people who have spoken in sessions, featuring some of the most interesting highlights from the Congress itself. Look out for these on Facebook and Twitter.

Throughout ERS Congress (28 September – 2 October) there will be lots of other updates about new projects launched, brand new research and patients at Congress. Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out!

Where to find us at ERS Congress

If you are attending ERS Congress this year, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you! Come and find us at the ELF stand in Hall 9, where there will be refreshments, seating and plenty of friendly faces.

We will also be having an ELF social at 16:00 on Tuesday at the ELF stand, so if you are looking to speak to a specific member of staff there is a good chance youy will be able to see them at this time.

Relevant and interesting sessions

The Patient Forum will be held on Monday 30 September at 13:00 - 14:30 (Room RETIRO) and will be a uniques opportunity to discuss issues and experiences around vaccination. A mixed patient and professional panel will present, before questions are taken from the audience. This promises to be a very useful and important session, and will bring patients and professionals together to discuss vaccination in Europe. All attendees will be given a copy of the new vaccination infographic to take away, subject to availability. 

The Meet the Expert session this year will be held in Spanish, and will take place at the Ministry of Health at 16:30 - 18:30 on Monday 30 September. Experts from Spanish organisation SEPAR will talk about the four Healthy Lungs for Life topics: stopping smoking, physical activity, clean air and vaccination.

We have also put together a helpful list of sessions throughout Congress that are interesting and relevant for people with lung conditions, which can be found on the ERS Congress website.

If you are particularly interested in sessions about keeping lungs healthy (rather than about specific diseases and treatments) you might also want to have a look at our Healthy Lungs for Life session list. Here you will find sessions about the science behind stopping smoking, physical activity, vaccination and air quality.

ELF Patient Organisation Day

As always, one of the highlights for ELF is our Patient Organisation Day, where we will welcome and hear from people representing patient organisations across Europe.

Patient organisation representative Rita Barriuso, who will be attending the Congress this year, said that she is looking forward to “the opportunity to develop relationships with other organisations, and learning more about how patient organisations can work together towards common objectives.”

The programme for the day is full of interesting discussions, patient organisation presentations, and even a flamenco demonstration! For more details, see the full programme of events. Please not that this event is fully booked, but you can keep up with the day’s highlights on Facebook

Healthy Lungs for Life

The growing Healthy Lungs for Life campaign will see two events at this year’s Congress – a two-day public event and a ‘Meet the expert’ evening. You can find more details about the updated campaign and events in our news article.


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