General Information


Given the continuing impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, including resulting travel restrictions, ESICM has decided to transition the onsite LIVES 2020 congress to an immersive and exciting online event - LIVES Digital 2020 - from 06–09 December 2020.

ESICM has been live-streaming sessions at its events since 2014 and providing educational content online through the ESICM media library, e-LIVES. Our first-hand experience of delivering online content to the Intensive Care community will now be stepped up to the next level, at LIVES Digital 2020.

LIVES Digital 2020 will be an innovative and engaging digital event for the global intensive care community.

Our carefully-selected scientific content will be live and on-demand, with an exciting digital Congress Programme that will offer unprecedented global relevance and reach, as well as maximum convenience. Wherever you are working or residing and whatever the time, all the key presentations (and more) will be available to you at the click of a key.

The event will come to you from the ESICM online platform and we have developed a host of networking and interactive opportunities, as well as a LIVES Digital central area, where you can connect with the ESICM leadership and staff.

Our aim to is to offer you a LIVES Digital 2020 experience as diverse and stimulating as the face-to-face meeting.

We look forward to meeting you online in December.  In the meantime, we would like to use this opportunity to give recognition to the tremendous healthcare professionals throughout the world who are caring for so many patients during this pandemic.

Together we are Intensive Care.

What does this mean?

Instead of us meeting at a physical location this year for our annual congress, which had been previously planned for Madrid, we will now hold the congress completely virtually and online. No travel, fewer obstacles, and more opportunities.

Save the date!

The congress dates will be 06-09 December 2020. More information will be coming in the next weeks as we continue to work on making this as smooth a transition as possible for our entire community. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we first work out the complexities of moving from a physical congress to an online event.

We invite you to visit our websites regularly for the most up-to-date information on the congress and other ESICM activities.


Before attending the event:

  1. Make sure you test your system and make any necessary adjustments. We recommend you do this test prior to the day of the event.
  2. Make sure to have these basic settings in place:
    • Minimum 720p (1 280 × 720) screen resolution
    • A stable ADSL/Fiber/4G internet connection
    • Do not use a connection via VPN (if possible)
    • We recommend you to use Chrome or Firefox as browsers.

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