March 2017

Published in ESRS Newsletter March 2017


Dear colleagues and friends,

As we enter springtime, it is timely to look forward to plans and events for the coming year. The next event directly involving ESRS is the bi-annual Sleep and Breathing Conference, which will be held in Marseilles between April 6-8. This educational meeting, jointly organized by ESRS and ERS, has now become a regular feature in the meeting calendar, and the Marseilles Conference is the Fourth in the series. A strong international faculty is in place, and a record number of abstracts have been submitted. The conference should particularly appeal to those involved in the clinical assessment and management of sleep disorders with a special focus on sleep/breathing disorders.

The ESRS Board will meet with the Assembly of National Sleep Societies (ANSS) over two days in Reykjavik, May 5-6. This annual meeting is an important event in the annual calendar, and provides an opportunity to interact with the leadership of National Societies to promote shared objectives such as the promotion of sleep topics at EU level in Brussels, joint projects relating to consensus statements, and other research initiatives. The ESRS Board is actively working with the ANSS to promote sleep as a topic for inclusion in Horizon 2020.

Arrangements are progressing well for the first Sleep Science School to be held in Frejus, France during October and applications are now being evaluated for participation. This basic science school complements other more clinically-focussed European educational initiatives relating to sleep such as the Alpine Sleep Summer School.

Initial planning has already commenced for the next ESRS Congress in Basel in 2018. The great success of the 2016 congress in Bologna will be a hard act to follow, but I believe the organizing committee is eager to meet the challenge!


Walter McNicholas
ESRS President