European Respiratory Society

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European Respiratory Society
HeadquartersLausanne (Switzerland)
Marc Humbert

The European Respiratory Society, or ERS, is a non-profit organization with offices in Lausanne, Brussels and Sheffield. It was founded in 1990 in the field of respiratory medicine. The organization was formed with the merger of the Societas Europaea Physiologiae Clinicae Respoiratoriae (founded in 1966) and the European Society of Pneumology (founded 1981). The organization's membership is made up of medical professionals and scientists working in the area of respiratory medicine.[1]

ERS founded the European Lung Foundation (ELF) in 2000.[2] The foundation aims to bring together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health.


The ERS publishes academic journals and books as well as hosting events aimed at educating health professionals, including a large annual congress. The organization's stated goal is to "promote lung health in order to alleviate suffering from disease and drive standards for respiratory medicine globally".[1]


The ERS publishes a range of journals, books and one-off projects.

  • The European Respiratory Journal is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, indexed in Medline. Its Impact Factor is 12.242. The chief editor is Martin Kolb.[3]
  • The European Respiratory Review is published quarterly and focuses on state-of-the-art reviews, updates, editorials and correspondence on current topical issues in respiratory medicine, science and surgery. Its chief editor is Sergio Harari.
  • ERJ Open Research is an online-only open access research journal, launched in 2015.[4] Its chief editor is Anita K. Simonds.
  • Breathe is a clinically focused educational journal, also published quarterly. Its chief editor is Renata L. Riha.
  • The ERS Monograph is a quarterly book series. Each book, guest edited by leaders in the field, focuses on a particular area of respiratory medicine and explores it in depth. The series editor is Robert Bals.
  • The ERS Handbooks are a series of textbooks that aim to cover a broad area of respiratory medicine in a concise yet comprehensive way. Available titles cover a range of areas, and a self-assessment book is available. The Handbooks tie in with the ERS HERMES projects to harmonise respiratory medical education across Europe.
  • The ERS Buyers' Guide to Respiratory Care Products is no longer published.

In addition to these publications, the ERS publishes the European Lung White Book - a survey of the impact of respiratory disease across Europe, and has published the one-off booklets Air Quality and Health and the European Respiratory Roadmap as well as the European COPD Audit Report and reports on global respiratory health, published on behalf of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies.

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  1. ^ a b "Who we are -". Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Monica (2013-03-01). "European Lung Foundation: past, present and future". Breathe. 9 (3): 161–163. doi:10.1183/20734735.001313. ISSN 1810-6838.
  3. ^ Kolb, Martin; Chalmers, James D. (2018-01-01). "Turning thirty: evolution but not revolution at the ERJ". European Respiratory Journal. 51 (1): 1702594. doi:10.1183/13993003.02594-2017. ISSN 0903-1936. PMID 29301917.
  4. ^ Simonds, Anita K. (2015-05-01). "Welcome with Open arms!". ERJ Open Research. 1 (1): 00013–2015. doi:10.1183/23120541.00013-2015. ISSN 2312-0541. PMC 5005133. PMID 27730133.