ESC Congress returns to the UK

3 November 2017        

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The world’s biggest meeting of heart specialists is to return to the UK in 2021, largely thanks to the internationally renowned cardiovascular research that takes place in the UK. 

The ESC conference on 2016

The European Society for Cardiology’s Annual Congress will take place in London in August 2021, with many researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation expected to attend. 

The congress brings together healthcare professionals and researchers from more than 140 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people to live longer, healthier lives. The latest research breakthroughs and clinical trials will be presented at the conference, creating new opportunities for collaboration. 

London overcame stiff competition from other European cities in winning the event for 2021. When the ESC last came to the capital in 2015, it generated £100m of economic benefit for the city, attracting more than 32,700 delegates.

Collaboration key to beating world’s biggest killer

Our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, welcomed the decision. He said: “The ESC Congress is a unique opportunity for leading researchers from across the globe to unite in tackling the world’s biggest killer. It’s testament to the research that happens here in the UK that the congress is returning to London in 2021. 

“Sadly cardiovascular disease remains the world’s biggest killer, and takes the life of someone every three minutes in the UK. Fostering new collaborations between international researchers gives us the best chance of reducing the death and suffering these diseases cause. At the BHF, we’re committed to helping make the congress a success, in the hope it will take us a step closer to finding improved ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating heart and circulatory disease worldwide.”

London’s commitment to improving cardiovascular health

The decision to stage the congress in London comes as the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, adopted the Healthy Streets Approach, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing £2.1 billion into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Cardiovascular disease remains the world's  biggest killer, and the European Society of Cardiology and its members are at the forefront of the crucial battle against heart disease. I’m delighted that London will be hosting so many of the world’s top heart disease specialists from around the world, and as Mayor I’m proud that we’re investing record amounts in increasing physical activity, and preventing heart disease among Londoners. We all know someone who has been directly affected by cardiovascular disease, and I want London to be a world leader in our approach to preventing heart problems”. 

Thanks to your donations, the BHF is the UK’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research and one of the biggest worldwide. 

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