EACTS 34th Annual Meeting
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34th Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting has been adapted for our times.  This year you can visit the 34th Annual Meeting in Barcelona in person and also amazingly, through a revolutionary new online experience,


Suddenly Zoom is obsolete!

The impact of COVID-19 has changed our world considerably. Our primary concern will be the health and safety of all delegates and exhibitors. We will be adapting the way we run our event in Barcelona so that important measures such as social distancing can be practised. Although some countries are slowly emerging from lockdown, the situation is changing regularly and we will remain watchful. We are monitoring international best practice and will of course observe official Spanish guidance.

Registration is now open for the 34th Annual Meeting. Please note that there will not be an onsite registration desk, so you must register online only via our EACTS Membership and Registration System.  If you need any assistance, please contact registration@eacts.co.uk (Registration process not supported on phones or tablets)

Key Information Summary


The venue for the 34th Annual Meeting is the Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB)
Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14
08019 Barcelona
t:+34 932 301 000

Metro: L4 – Next to Plaça Catalunya there is Urquinaona station or the metro yellow line (L4)  that leads directly to the CCIB by Maresme-Forum station.

Bus Route: Lines 7, H16

Tram Route: Forum station

All these means of transport leave you just few minutes away from the CCIB by foot.



Registration is open. (Registration process not supported on phones or tablets)

Your registration fee includes access to ALL scientific sessions and entrance to the exhibition. 

Please note there will be NO onsite registration.  ALL attendees must register in advance. 

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Onsite Registration Hours

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The Registration hours for badge collection are:

Wednesday 7 October 2020 14:00 – 18:00
Thursday 8 October 2020 07:00 – 18:00
Friday 9 October 2020 07:45 – 18:00
Saturday 10 October 2020 07:45 – 18:00

Scientific Session Hours


Each day of the annual meeting will feature Techno-College, Focus Sessions and Abstract Sessions.

Thursday 8 October 2020 09:00 – 18:00
Friday 9 October 2020 08:00 – 18:15
Saturday 10 October 2020 08:00 – 17:45

Exhibition & Training Village


We present an exhibition of our industry partners with the very latest information on solutions for patient care. All registered participants will have the opportunity to attend the exhibition and interact with medical experts on innovations in patient care.

Local Information

Airport – Barcelona Airport – El Prat (BCN) is the main airport in Barcelona, located 14 km southwest from the city centre.

Banks & Exchange – Official opening hours of banks in Barcelona are generally from 08:30-14:00 Monday to Friday.

Credit Cards – Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.

Currency – Euro €

Electricity – The power supply in Barcelona is 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 MHz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

Shopping Hours – Shops are generally open from 09:00-13:00 and from 15:00-19:00 on weekdays and from 09:00-13:00 on Saturdays. There are also a number of shopping centres which are usually open until 22:00-24:00

Visas – Visa invitation letters are available to download from your EACTS user account after registration. 

Check if you need a visa HERE

Q. Will the Annual Meeting take place this year?
A. Yes. We are planning for the 34th EACTS Annual Meeting to take place in Barcelona and online between 8-10 October 2020.

Q. How are you adapting the Annual meeting in light of the pandemic?
A. We are making the following changes:
– we have revised our terms and conditions so that industry and individuals can book with confidence
– the Annual Meeting has been adapted for our times and will be in person and online

Q. Can you advise on travel restrictions to Barcelona?
A. We are aware that COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. We will provide further advice if and when restrictions are eased.

Q. If social distancing rules are still in place in October, how will you ensure safe distances are applied?
A. We will of course adhere to advice provided by the Spanish Government. However, in any case, our team is planning the Annual Meeting with social distancing in mind. The health and safety of exhibitors and delegates is our primary concern and the venue will be set up accordingly. In practice this may mean for instance limiting attendance to some sessions, re-organising the way people gather in the exhibition area and other part of the venue, and making other changes to the social programme. Please note wearing a mask in Spain is currently compulsory.

Q. Can I access the EACTS Portal in Barcelona too?
Yes, please bring your laptop so you can join in your hotel or in the convention centre.

Q. Which internet browser should I use to access the EACTS Portal?
The EACTS Portal is compatible with the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge, however, we recommend using Chrome.

Q. When can I create my avatar and go into the virtual event?
A. The EACTS Portal will be open for delegates from the 6th October 2020.

Q. I submitted my presentation for one of the EACTS Young Investigator Awards – will these still take place?
Yes these will still take place.

Q. Will there be a Jeopardy competition this year?
A. No we do not plan to hold the Jeopardy Competition this year.

Q. Will I get EACCME credits for attending the virtual platform?  
A. We have applied for EACCME accreditation which will cover the hybrid event – accreditation is currently under review.

Abstract Submission


General Abstract submission is now closed.

Allied Health Professionals  Abstracts will be accepted from 17 February – 14 August 2020

Late Breaking Clinical Trials   Abstracts will be accepted from 1 July – 16 August 2020

All abstracts from last year’s Annual Meeting are available in the EACTS App which is freely available to download from the Google play and Apple app store.

For more information on submitting abstracts please visit: 

EACTS General Abstract Submission



Registration is now open.  (Registration process not supported on phones or tablets)
Your registration fee includes IN PERSON & ONLINE access to ALL scientific sessions Thursday-Saturday and entrance to the exhibition Thursday-Saturday. 

Please note there will be NO onsite registration.  ALL attendees must register in advance. 

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Accommodation Information

Important: Please book your accommodation through our officially appointed supplier:

Bco Congresos
Plaza de Europa, 17-19
08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, Spain
Email: eacts2020@bcocongresos.com
Booking link: www.eacts2020officialhousing.com

There are a number of counterfeit websites and agencies – EACTS  cannot guarantee any rooms/rates offered within these.  If you are in any doubt as to the authenticity of such sites or companies, please notify the EACTS Executive Secretariat immediately.

The Annual Meeting is taking place in Barcelona, 8-10 October, but of course 2020 is a year like no other. Our thoughts are with all those supporting patients during COVID-19. The cardiothoracic community has played an important part with clinicians taking on new roles and industry providing vital equipment in this global emergency.

At EACTS our mission is to deliver a world class education programme for surgeons and allied health care professions. To do that, engagement and collaboration with you our industry partners is vital, especially now as we navigate through these troubled times. We are fully aware that many companies are also facing very challenging commercial pressures and, as you would expect, we are adapting the Annual Meeting in 2020.

We have changed the Terms and Conditions so that you can book exhibition space and will be able to register delegates with confidence. We are working flat out to ensure the Annual Meeting can run as planned, but if COVID-19 means the Annual Meeting is cancelled, we will refund your booking fees. I hope this gives you the confidence to book an exhibition booth with us this year.

As some people may not be able to travel, we are working to ensure that more elements of the Annual Meeting will be available digitally this year. This means we will be introducing new digital advertising opportunities for 2020 and we will provide more details on these in due course.

We recognise you may have questions and we have published some FAQs above. If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to talk to us, please get in touch so that we can book a call. We are keen to listen to your needs so that we can ensure the 34th EACTS Annual Meeting and Exhibition work for you. If you’d like to talk to us, please just let us know via info@eacts.co.uk.




In conjunction with the Scientific Meeting, we will host an exhibition for industry partners. Companies will present the latest in cardiac, thoracic and vascular therapies, technologies and related services in an educational exhibition area. All registered participants will have the opportunity to attend the exhibition and interact with medical experts on innovations in patient care.

The EACTS trade exhibition is an important and most time efficient way to keep up to date with new to market technology, state of the art products, innovations and developments in the cardiothoracic market. For exhibiting companies, an exhibition booth enables them to meet the people that matter to their business in one place, demonstrate new products and attract interest from new prospects and existing customers.

For more information visit: Exhibition & Training Village

Training Village


A number of Training Village units will be specifically set aside for Industry to organise their own ‘Hands-on’ workshops, including wet and dry labs and any other small practical sessions. These sessions do not form part of the official scientific programme of the Annual Meeting. Sessions are scheduled at pre-defined times, offered to delegates on an invitation only basis, and are restricted to a maximum of 10-15 people per session.

Other Industry opportunities


Our INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES section has a comprehensive list of opportunities and more information about how you can best showcase your organization at our annual meeting.  Please click HERE to view this year’s Industry Opportunities.

Satellite Symposia


A satellite symposium is a corporate or product related function at which a formal scientific presentation is made.  These are excellent educational opportunities for surgeons and industry partners alike. Whether you are hosting or attending this year’s satellite symposia we hope you will enjoy this excellent learning opportunity.

Quick Links

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European CME Credits

EACTS has applied for EACCME Accreditation which will cover the hybrid event – accreditation is currently under review.
Recognition agreements with USA and Canada are available, information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities

Lisbon livestream – watch them again!

The following sessions were shown live during the 33rd EACTS Annual Meeting in Lisbon

Presidential Address

Da Vinci Session

Practical Approach to Challenging Aortic Cases

EACTS Media Library

Watch it again! All sessions from the 33rd EACTS Annual Meeting in Lisbon were recorded and are available to watch again by logging in to the EACTS Annual Meeting Media Library. If you experience any difficulties, please email: registration@eacts.co.uk