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ERS 2013: European Respiratory Society Annual Congress

Fira Barcelona Convention Centre * | Barcelona , SPAIN
From 220 to 796 EUR
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Title: ERS 2013: European Respiratory Society Annual Congress
Specialty: , Pulmonology
Dates: From Sep, 7, 2013 to Sep, 11, 2013
Location: Barcelona , SPAIN
Type: Congress, Course
Registration Cost: From 220 to 796 EUR
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Event Venue:

Fira Barcelona Convention Centre *

BARCELONA , SPAIN Visit the Venue to read more
Transportation Guide:

Star AllianceTM: official airline of the ERS Barcelona 2013 Congress

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for European Respiratory Society.

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Public transport ticket

Barcelona offers an extensive travel network by underground, tram and bus. The complimentary T-ERS ticket, which is included in the registration fee, will allow free use of all Barcelona Metropolitan transport in the city during the Congress period September 7–11, 2013. This ticket is not valid on the Aerobus (airport bus).

Arrival at Barcelona International Airport

Barcelona's main international airport is only 15 km (around 20 minutes), from the city centre. When arriving at Barcelona Airport, you have several options for reaching the city centre. The airport has 2 terminals (T1 and T2), please note carefully at which terminal you are arriving and from which you are departing.

There are three ways to travel to Barcelona city centre:

  • Bus/public transportation: the Aerobus is a shuttle bus service departing from the airport every 5–10 minutes and reaching the city centre - Plaça Catalunya station in 35 minutes (4 stops). There are 2 lines of Aerobus, A1 and A2, going, respectively, to Terminal 1 and 2. You may buy the ticket on the bus; the fare is €5.30 for a single ticket and €9.15 for a return ticket. Once you reach Pl. Catalunya, you may continue your journey by underground. Pl. Catalunya is the main underground station of Barcelona.
  • Train: Train R2 departs from Terminal 2. If you are travelling from Terminal 1, you will need to take a bus that links both terminals to reach the airport train station. It takes 19 minutes to reach Barcelona Sants station, the main train hub of the city. Should you wish to continue your journey closer to the city centre, the R2 continues onto Passeig de Gracia station, which is located in the city centre. From both stations, you can continue your trip with the underground. The cost of a one way journey is €3.80.
  • Taxi: Taxis are available in front of the airport arrival buildings in both terminals. A taxi from the Airport to the city centre costs approximately €30 per trip and takes about 20 minutes. Please be advised that in Barcelona, there may be an extra charge for suitcases or journeys to the the airport, and/or night supplements.

Arrival in Barcelona by train

In Barcelona, there are two major train stations, and both have access to the underground system to get around the city.

  • Barcelona Sants: this the main train station to the west of the city from which trains for national and international destinations also depart.
  • Passeig de Gracia: this station is located in the city centre of Barcelona.

How to get to the Congress Centre

From the city centre, there are three ways to get to Fira Gran Via:

  • Underground (FGC): The FGC train network is the most convenient way to reach Gran Via and the nearest stop is "Europa/Fira", a three-minute walk from the Fira entrance. To get to "Europa/Fira" you must take any train that leaves the FGC station at "Plaça Espanya". An FGC train leaves"Plaça Espanya" about every five minutes and the journey takes six minutes. "Plaça Espanya" is a major transport hub and can be reached on the metro or by a number of buses.
  • Taxis: A taxi from the city centre (Plaça Catalunya) to the Fira takes approximately 20 minutes and will cost around €20.
  • Car: There are motorways leading to Barcelona from all directions. If you are coming from the north, head for the Ronda Litoral and take exit 17 signposted "Gran Via M2". If you are coming from the south or west head for Ronda Litoral exit "Barcelona Fires - Gran Via". Coming from the airport take Gran Via and you will see the Congress centre signposted as Fira Gran Via.

Departure for Barcelona International Airport

You can get the number 46 bus from near the Congress Centre (Plaça Europa) direct to Terminals 1 and 2 at the airport. It takes approximately 30 minutes.

Public transportation from the City Centre

Take the Aerobus (A1 to terminal 1, A2 to terminal 2) from in front of El Corte Inglés in Pl. Catalunya, from Barcelona Sants train station or from Plaça Espanya in front of the Hotel Plaza.
Alternatively take the train R2 from Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona Sants to Terminal 2. If you are travelling from Terminal 1, you will need to take a bus that links both terminals.

More Information on Travel from and to the Airport:

For more information, please visit the Barcelona Airport Website.

Event Overview
Welcome message:

If you are interested in the ERS Fellowship Programmes, you are invited to join the “ERS Fellows’ Get-Together”
on Saturday 7 September, from 13:00 to 16:30.The event will provide invaluable information on funding
opportunities and allow networking between young scientists. Moreover, this event will enable Fellows to present the
results of their work. If you are a prospective Fellow you are encouraged to join the get-together and check for scientific
outcomes which you could achieve on your own by applying for an ERS Fellowship.

Courses / Workshops within the event

Postgraduate course 1: endoscopic lung volume reduction

Registration required €90
Aims: Endoscopic lung volume reduction offers new treatment options for advanced COPD patients. The new endoscopic techniques
are moving from fancy toys to helpful tools. The available techniques will be presented and possible medical options discussed.
ADULT: A.1 Structure and function of the respiratory system, B.1 Airway diseases, B.6 Occupational and airway diseases,
B.14 Pleuro-pulmonary manifestations of systemic/extrapulmonary disorders.
Target audience: Pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, respiratory physicians, clinical researchers, radiologists,
fellows and residents.
Chairs: M. Wahidi (Durham, United States of America), R. Eberhardt (Heidelberg, Germany)

Postgraduate course 2: Imaging in the management of thoracic malignancies
Registration required €90
Aims: This course will cover the: imaging procedures in diagnosis and staging; the tissue sampling techniques; the new TNM and its
consequences for clinical practice; and the use of standard tools (RECIST) and new tools (such as diffusion RMI, dynamic CT-scan,
PET) in the assessment of response to therapy for respiratory malignancies, based on interactive case-based learning.

Chairs: A. Scherpereel (Lille, France), J. Vansteenkiste (Leuven, Belgium)


Postgraduate course 3: Infections and critical patients: emerging problems and clinical

Registration required €90
Aims: This course will provide participants with an update on the management of difficult infections in the ICU with a particular focus
on epidemiology, new extracorporeal therapies as well as infection-control policies.

Chairs: A. Artigas (Sabadell, Spain), T. Vassilakopoulos (Athens, Greece)



Postgraduate course 4: How to build an experimental animal lung lab

Registration required €90
Aims: Small laboratory animals are increasingly used in pulmonary research. This course will teach essential methods for conducting
lung-related experiments in these species. The faculty will emphasise the clinical relevance and the translational aspects of the
experimental work. This course is for scientists who wish to devise their own experiments, as well as, for clinicians who want to gain a better understanding of the clinical relevance of small animal experiments.

Chairs: M. Kolb (Hamilton, Canada), G. Lungarella (Siena, Italy)


Postgraduate course 5: The small airways in lung diseases
Registration required €90
Aims: The aim of this session is to: increase knowledge and awareness on the topic of small airways in asthma and in COPD; appreciate the role of small airways in the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD; describe improved methods for physiological assessment of the small airways; show the recent advances in imaging of the small airways; and to review the studies demonstrating the added benefit of treatments able to reach the distal lung in the management of asthma and COPD patients


Postgraduate course 6: epigenetics of asthma and coPD
Registration required €90
Aims: The aims of the course are: to understand the mechanisms underlying epigenetic control of cell factor; describe how perinatal diet and environmental exposure can modify the epigenome and control asthma susceptibility; elucidate the role of epigenetics in
modulating the effects of environmental pollution on airways disease; and to demonstrate how knowledge of epigenetic mechanisms may provide novel approaches to the treatment of airways disease.


Postgraduate course 7: Tuberculosis: innovations in clinical and public health management
Registration required €50
Aims: To train European physician on MDR-/XDR-TB management and control using innovative approaches.


Postgraduate course 8: How to encourage compliance with therapy
Registration required €90
Aims: This course will help clinicians and researchers to guide patients to make the transition from interventions into real life behaviour change. This is the key to long-term effectiveness of interventions. There is a host of innovative studies emerging but yet very few healthcare providers have acquired the communication skills and to guide their patients towards behaviour changed.


Postgraduate course 9: How to optimise antibiotic use in respiratory infections
Registration required €90
Aims: To train participants in the correct use of antibiotic therapy in patients with lower respiratory tract infections.


Postgraduate course 19: obstructive sleep-disordered breathing throughout childhood:
diagnosis, associated morbidity and treatment
Registration required €150
Aims: The aims of this course are to: summarise main rules for staging sleep and scoring respiratory events and arousals in children; provide examples for the application of these rules using clinical cases; emphasize that obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in childhood is associated with morbidity mainly from the central nervous and cardiovascular systems; to summarize available treatment modalities for paediatric obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (administration of anti-inflammatory medications, adenotonsillectomy, weight loss, nasal CPAP/BiPAP, use of orthodontic appliances and craniofacial surgery) and their efficacy in improving polysomnography parameters; to propose indications for treatment of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in childhood based on the available evidence that relief of upper airway obstruction reverses associated morbidity


Postgraduate course 20: cystic fibrosis: an update of the basic defects and clinical problems
in cF children and adults
Registration required €165
Aims: The course aims at to transmit the latest knowledge about CFTR dysfunction in CF, how this influences the different organs and leads to new treatments modalities. It will also provide the basics of lung treatment, management of gastro-intestinal problems and other organ complications in both children and adults. Since CF has now become a disease of adults as well, special needs to be addressed are end-of-life issues and transition of adolescents into adult care.


Postgraduate course 10: new technology assessment in coPD
Registration required €90
Aims: This course will provide: a state-of-the-art review of the cutting edge technologies for the assessment of respiratory and movement biomechanics in COPD; review wearable technologies for the assessment of physical activity in COPD; improve your physiological knowledge about the relationships between energy costs and motion, recent advances regarding alteration of equilibrium in COPD population will be discussed with the experts, with particular regards to the implications of biomechanics during therapeutical intervention such as exercise.




Social Program
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A number of hotel rooms in different price categories have been reserved in Barcelona and surrounding areas for the 23rd Annual Congress of the ERS.

As a service for individual participants, Barceló Congresos will arrange your hotel accommodation at no extra charge. There are four hotel room ratings, ranging from 2 to 5 stars.

  • All rates (per room, per night) include breakfast, VAT, city tax and service. Rates are shown for standard rooms. Other types of rooms (superior,  junior suite etc.) are available on request.
  • Each category has a minimum and a maximum rate based on single/double occupancy
  • All hotels offer bath/shower/WC, telephone and breakfast facilities. Hotels of 4 and 5 stars usually have a restaurant and a bar.


Due to limited room availability in Barcelona, we do advise you to make your reservation as early as possible in order to have the best choice of available hotels.
Hotel accommodation is subject to availability and will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. Requests received after July 2, 2012 cannot be guaranteed, although Barceló Congresos will make every effort to meet participants' requirements.

All reservations must be made in writing using the hotel online booking form, which will be available in March 2013. Kindly note that telephone reservations will not be accepted.

Payment and Confirmation

All individual reservations require a one nights' deposit payment per booked room. Once the deposit payment via credit card or bank transfer has been received, a confirmation will be sent. This deposit will be deducted from the final amount due when the guest checks out from the hotel.
Bank transfers can be made until August 7th, 2013 at the latest. Should Barceló Congresos not receive the payment on time or not be able to debit the provided credit card by August 7th, 2013, the hotel reservation will be cancelled in accordance with the cancellation conditions.

Further Details:

All changes and cancellations must be sent in writing (fax, letter or email) to:

Barceló Congresos
Ciutat de la Justícia de Barcelona-Av. Carrilet, 3-Edificio D, Pl. 10
08902 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) / Edificio Concatel.
Tel: +34 937063578

Please note that hotels will not accept any changes or cancellations directly.


For cancellations before 1 May 2013, 30% of the total room nights per room type reserved can be cancelled without penalty. Any cancellations that exceed the allowed 30% will be charged accordingly.

For cancellations between 2 May 2013 and 1 July 2013, 15% of the total room nights per room type reserved can be cancelled without penalty. Any cancellations that exceed the allowed 5% will be charged accordingly.

For cancellations between 2 July 2013 and 17 August 2013, 5% of the total room nights per room type reserved can be cancelled without penalty. Any cancellations that exceed the allowed 5% will be charged accordingly.

For cancellations from 18 August 2013 and/or no shows, 100% of the remaining total room nights will be charged.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013 to Tuesday, September 10, 2013:
09:00 to 17:00

Wednesday, September 11, 2013:
09:00 to 12:00

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ERS Headquarters
4, Ave Sainte-Luce , Lausanne, CH-1003, Switzerland
+41 21213 0101
+41 21213 0100
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