European Society of Cardiology
|Headquarters||Sophia Antipolis, Biot|
|English and French|
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is a non-profit knowledge-based professional association that facilitates the improvement and harmonization of standards of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The ESC produces, organizes and supports many scientific and educational activities and products aimed at cardiology professionals wishing to increase their knowledge and update their skills.
The ESC was founded in 1950 and its headquarters are located in Sophia Antipolis in the South of France. The first European Congress of Cardiology was held in London in September 1952 and it has now become the ESC Congress, the largest annual medical meeting in Europe.
The ESC currently comprises 56 National Cardiac Societies, from across Europe and the Mediterranean region, 6 Associations, 15 Working Groups and 7 Councils, covering different sub-specialties of cardiology. Activities reach far beyond the boundaries of Europe, however, and nearly 90,000 members come from all over the world. The ESC also maintains close ties to 56 National Cardiac Societies and 41 Affiliated Cardiac Societies worldwide. Recently, additional infrastructures were developed within associations addressing the special interests and needs of female specialists, and young physicians, such as Young Electrophysiologists.
Clinical Practice Guidelines
The ESC produces Clinical Practice Guidelines for the cardiology profession from evidence-based clinical trials data. Guidelines aim to present all the relevant evidence on a particular clinical issue in order to help physicians weigh the benefits and risks of particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
The ESC organises several top cardiology congresses per year. The ESC Congress, has become the largest medical congress in Europe with an average of 30 000 attendees and has established itself as the world’s leading conference on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, attracting cardiologists, primary care physicians, scientists, healthcare industry leaders, regulators as well as media from all over the world. The ESC Congress is the largest gathering of cardiovascular professionals and it is the ideal place to gain international recognition for scientific work.
Annual or biennial sub-specialty congresses address acute cardiac care (Acute Cardiovascular Care congress), cardiac imaging (EuroEcho-Imaging congress), prevention and rehabilitation (EuroPrevent congress), nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT (ICNC congress), magnetic resonance (EuroCMR congress), interventional cardiology (EuroPCR congress), heart failure (Heart Failure congress), heart rhythm and electrophysiology (EHRA congress), as well as basic science (Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology congress).
The ESC Fellowship
A Fellow of European Society of Cardiology is a cardiologist considered to be a person who has had a number of years of experience in the field and who has distinguished himself or herself individually in clinical, educational, investigational, organisational or professional aspects of cardiology. Fellows have the right to use the postnominal designation of the FESC title.
The ESC was founded in 1950.