In 2019, the ESC Congress, organized this year in partnership with the World Heart Federation (WHF), chose the capital for this major annual event for research, innovation and prevention, confirming Paris' position as the host city for major events.
Over 5 days, talks, presentations and specialist sessions were held in the Paris Convention Centre, the largest congress centre in Europe. Preventative actions aimed at the general public and a partnership with the City of Paris were also organized to tackle cardiovascular diseases in urban areas. This partnership is part of the ‘Heart Healthy Cities’ initiative, which will be subsequently deployed in several other European capitals hosting the Congress. A public awareness campaign took place in front of the City Hall on the weekend of 31 August and 1 September. The programme included an information area, a prevention area, a play area using virtual reality, as well as first aid training.
The ESC Congress 2019 establishes Paris as the world's leading destination for hosting international congresses according to ICCA criteria. In 2018, the capital hosted 1,192 congresses, generating €1.34 billion in economic benefits. It continues this momentum with the recent announcement by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) that Paris will be the host city of the annual congress in 2021, for the first time.