Postponement ECR 2020

Dear Congress Participant,
Dear Friend,

ECR 2020 is postponed to July 15–19, 2020 – please mark your calendars!

Please note that this postponement is a fully equivalent replacement for the planned event originally scheduled for March 11–15.

It goes without saying that registration fees for the event as well as for the online services will remain in place for the new congress date. Registration to the ECR 2020 remains open.

After careful evaluation of the spreading corona virus epidemic, and considering the recent statements issued by the WHO and the ECDC, and the related evolving world-wide restrictions and crisis, the ESR was forced to make this decision. Above all, we have analysed the recommendations from the Austrian health authorities for large-scale events and came to the conclusion that we are not in a position to fulfil their requirements and guarantee a safe congress for our participants and industry partners at this time. The safety, health and well-being of our delegates and partners will always be the highest priority for the ESR.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our participants and industry partners for their understanding, continuous support and flexibility. The majority of our industry partners have already expressed their ongoing commitment and are fully on board for ECR 2020 in July.

Please rest assured that in these turbulent and challenging times, the entire ESR and ECR team are doing their best to respond to any query at the earliest possible time and to make ECR 2020 a spectacular and memorable event for all.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna in July!

Yours sincerely,

Boris Brkljačić, ESR President

the ECR team 

ECR SmartTag

At ECR 2020, for the first time, all participants (professional delegates) will receive a so-called ‘ECR SmartTag’.

  1. What is the ECR SmartTag?

The ECR SmartTag is a Bluetooth device that records the attendance of sessions as well as the movement of congress delegates with the use of sensors distributed throughout the congress venue and the adjacent exhibition halls.

  1. How to get my SmartTag

All professional delegates who have a valid registration for ECR 2020 will receive an ECR SmartTag. This is either sent by postal mail*, together with other congress related materials such as badges and lanyards, before the congress, or handed over directly at the registration desks on site.

* Attention - all participants who receive their SmartTag by postal mail must activate it before entering the congress centre. For more information please see point 3.
  1. How to activate my SmartTag?

All participants who receive their SmartTag by postal mail must activate it before entering the congress centre. To activate the SmartTag, the plastic strip (see image on the right) must be removed. The SmartTag can be activated a few days prior to the start of the congress (maximum 10 days and therefore not earlier than March 1, 2020).


  1. What is the SmartTag used for?

    1. CME

      ECR SmartTag allows you to automatically register and record the attendance of sessions, which is one of the prerequisites for receiving CME credits. Wearing the ECR SmartTag is a mandatory prerequisite in order to obtain CME credits for the sessions you attend (in order to receive CME credits for a session, proof of participation from the organiser of the event is required).

      Personal data for the confirmation of participation in a session will only be processed upon the participant’s consent to be given in the ECR 2020 evaluation platform ‘EvalBox’.

      More information about CME credits and all prerequisites to receive them can be found on If you have any questions on site, please do not hesitate to contact the CME & SmartTag Helpdesk in the entrance hall of the congress venue.

    2. Motion current analysis

      The ECR SmartTag allows an analysis of the pseudonymised movement data of the congress participants. For this purpose, only the following data of the congress participant will be processed:

      • Age category in five-year intervals
      • Sex
      • Country
      • Continent
      • Profession
      • movements and whereabouts on the congress site (stays at places such as the cafeteria, cloakrooms, washrooms and toilet facilities or course are NOT covered)

      ATTENTION: There will be NO processing of personal data that would allow to assign the analysed movements of the tags to an identifiable congress participant! This is ensured by separate storage of the movement data assigned to the SmartTag and the personal data of the congress participants, as well as by appropriate organisational and technical measures.

      The legal basis for the analysis of the pseudonymised movement data of the congress participants is Art 6 (1) lit f) GDPR. The ESR’s vested interest in the analysis of pseudonymised movement data of the congress participants is the evaluation of such pseudonymised movement data in order to uphold and still improve the high standard of planning of the upcoming congresses. The pseudonymised movement data will be made available to the exhibitors in order to allow them to evaluate the frequency and duration of visits of their booth by visitor groups.

      For further information on the data processed by ESR, please refer to the ESR website.

  1. Need help?

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us at or visit us at the ECR SmartTag helpdesk in the entrance hall of the ACV.