The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit, medical society. It is an independent, non-governmental organization.
The ESC’s 100,000 members and decision-makers are healthcare professionals - scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied professionals working in all fields of cardiology. They give their time and expertise freely, while continuing their daily, high-paced clinical and/or research work. ESC volunteers are world renowned experts.
ESC unites 57 national cardiac societies from around the world. This unique network allows to understand the impact of cardiovascular disease and how we can better reduce its burden.
The ESC covers the full spectrum of cardiology through its 29 subspecialty communities: 7 Associations, 15 Working Groups and 7 Councils. This gives ESC a unique perspective on all areas of cardiovascular science.
ESC's collaboration with 48 affiliated National Cardiac Societies is essential to advancing the worldwide battle against cardiovascular disease.
The ESC organizes and co-organizes 14 cardiology congresses. Its award-winning flagship event, ESC Congress, is the largest and most influential cardiovascular assembly in the world, attracting more than 32,000 participants from some 150 countries each year.
The ESC is governed by an elected Board of volunteers who are cardiovascular experts. Its activities are overseen by dedicated committees made up of more than 2,000 volunteers. In all, some 5,000 cardiology experts contribute to ESC activities. The success of the ESC is testament to the dedication of its volunteers. The ESC employs staff who support ESC volunteers in the development and management of its activities.