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ERS Communication - New Membership Structure


Dear Colleagues,

Since the major change in membership structure and corresponding fee increase in 2010, the ERS has received many complaints from its members in middle- and low-income countries.

In order to offer a more attractive Membership package, retain the loyalty of our members and attract former and new members, the ERS decided to investigate and propose new Membership categories, fees and entitlements that meet these requirements.

We researched salary levels in different countries and by profession, in order to be able to propose the fairest fees. The new proposed fees are thus based on professional activity, gross domestic product (GDP-PPP) levels per capita, and age.

All members were consulted about this proposal and asked to vote on the change in July 2013. An overwhelming majority (98%) voted in favour of this change and the General Assembly have now approved this structure, which will be launched at the ERS Annual Congress in Barcelona on 7 September.

To summarise, the main changes are as follows:

  • the introduction of loyalty fees to members who commit to the ERS over a long-term period - a 3-year membership comes with a substantial reduction across all membership categories;
  • the introduction of electronic membership with reduced fees for lower-income countries;
  • the introduction of reduced Congress registration fees for all members - effective as of next year's Congress, Munich 2014;
  • provision of the European Respiratory Monograph as an online product for all members (with a newly revamped website in autumn 2013 to allow for easier browsing) - print copies will be available with a special discounted rate for members.

Under the new structure, there are two membership categories, Gold and Silver. Gold is divided into five sub-categories: Gold, Gold ‘dual' membership of ERS and an ERS-approved partner organisation, Gold ‘online' (GDP between USD 10,000 and USD 20,000), Gold ‘online' (GDP under USD 10,000) and Gold ‘Senior' (over 68). Silver has three sub-categories: Silver ‘Scientist' (PhD, non-MD), Silver ‘Allied Health Professional' and Silver ‘Under 35'. Please access here further details regarding membership options, their fees and entitlements or contact Membership department at members@ersnet.org.

Existing active members will be provided with information regarding their new membership status and adjustment of their membership period, if applicable.

In its commitment to offering the optimum Membership package for ERS Members, the ERS Leadership will continue to evaluate and develop our service to better meet your needs in Respiratory Medicine, now and in the future.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona and welcoming you at the ERS stand!

Best wishes

Mina Gaga
ERS Secretary General