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ESC Congress 2015 press schedule announced today

ESC Congress 2015 will be held August 29 to September 2 in London, UK

European Society of Cardiology

Sophia Antipolis, 19 June 2015: The press schedule for ESC Congress 2015 is announced today. The packed programme includes six hot line press conferences and four press conferences under the themes environment and the heart (this year's congress spotlight); cardiac arrest: improving outcomes; lifestyle and hypertension; and life-threatening scenarios.

The press conference schedule is here:

The scientific programme is here

The five-day event features more than 500 scientific sessions, with a record number of late-breaking science presentations including 26 hot lines, 18 clinical trial updates, 18 registries and 12 basic and translational science hot lines.

A newly designed open room, the Agora, will host Rapid Fire Abstract Sessions in the Poster Area giving journalists fast access to the latest science. The press will get a comprehensive picture on topical issues in the new Advances in Science sessions which contain three novel studies plus two expert lectures covering the current state of research and future directions.

Nobel Prize laureate Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn will take part in a session on cardiac biology and senescence. The media can expect good quotes and personal anecdotes in the Meet the Legends sessions with Keith Fox, Richard Popp and Michel Haisaguerre, who will all receive the ESC Gold Medal this year.

To make your ESC Congress run smoothly and enable you to focus on getting material for stories, please refer to the following practical information:

Getting to ExCel London:

The best way to get to ExCeL is London Underground (Tube) and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Take the Jubilee Line to Canning Town then change for a DLR train in the direction of Beckton (upstairs from the Jubilee Line level - trains normally depart from platform 3).

On your first day, exit at Prince Regent station for the east entrance and proceed to the Press Registration desk. In the following days when you have your badge, exit at Custom House station for the west entrance where you can access the press zone directly.

For more information on travel options, visit here.

Booking a hotel:

For help finding a hotel that suits your needs, email and say you are a press member.

Press registration:

The Press Registration desk is in the Registration Area, Main Entrance, Level 0.

  • Press representatives who have pre-registered online (do it here should pick up their purple access badge on-site at the Press Registration desk and collect a USB key containing a comprehensive Press Book. No press badges will be sent by post.

  • We strongly encourage you to register online prior to the event to reduce waiting time on-site.

  • Press representatives can register on-site free of charge at the Press Registration desk upon presentation of:

    o A valid press identity card or appropriate letter of assignment with proof of three recent published articles (cardiology or health-related, or referring to a previous ESC Congress).

    o A filled in and signed embargo form that can either be found in the ESC Media Policy on or sent to you upon request. Once filled in, it is valid for one calendar year (and therefore subsequent congresses up until 31 December).

The ESC Press Office will verify all documents and advise if accreditation is validated. If not, other fees will apply. All decisions made by the ESC Press Office concerning press registration requests are final.

Press registration opening hours:

    o Friday 28 August 12:00 (noon) to 18:00

    o Saturday 29 August 8:00 to 18:30

    o Sunday 30 August 7:00 to 18:30

    o Monday 31 August 7:00 to 18:30

    o Tuesday 1 September 7:00 to 18:30

    o Wednesday 2 September 8:00 to 12:00

Press facilities and schedule:

  • The ESC provides a fully equipped Press Centre and dedicated facilities for approximately 700 journalists attending ESC Congress 2015. This includes a Press Working Area, a Conference Room and three Interview Rooms for registered press.

  • The Press Conference programme will begin on Saturday 29 August 2015 at 11:00 (Opening Press Conference) and continue throughout ESC Congress.

  • ESC Press Conferences are held in the ESC Press Conference Room, Press Area, Level 3.

  • All Press Conferences will be live streamed. This means that they will only be available live and will not be online afterwards.

  • The ESC Press Office does not send the Press Book under embargo. Press releases will be available online when the embargo is up and under embargo on a USB key only for those on-site.

Press Centre opening hours:

    o Friday 28 August 12:00 (noon) to 18:00

    o Saturday 29 August 8:00 to 18:30

    o Sunday 30 August 7:00 to 18:30

    o Monday 31 August 7:00 to 18:30

    o Tuesday 1 September 7:00 to 18:30

    o Wednesday 2 September 8:00 to 12:00

Online ESC Press Office:

  • Daily updates will include the latest press releases and any changes to the press conference schedule will be available here

  • We encourage you to engage on Twitter before and during the Congress using #ESCcongress

  • The ESC will post daily updates on Facebook and YouTube.


Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 87 000 cardiology professionals across Europe and worldwide. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

About ESC Congress 2015

ESC Congress is the world's largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2015 takes place 29 August to 2 September at ExCel London in London, UK. The scientific programme is available here. More information is available from the ESC Press Office at

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