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The European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) was founded nearly 40 years ago and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in organ transplantation. Facilitating a wealth of international clinical trials and research collaborations over the years, ESOT remains committed to its primary aim of improving patient outcomes in transplantation. With a community of over 8,000 members from around the world, ESOT is an influential international organisation and the facilitator of the biennial congress which hosts approximately 3,500 experts who come to meet to explore and discuss the latest scientific research. ESOT attracts the foremost transplantation experts to work in its committees and sections, and has an impressive track record in supporting research, supporting extensive education, and promoting changes in European policy.

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

To improve outcomes for patients with terminal organ disease by means of transplantation, organ regeneration and substitution.


Our Vision

  • To promote sustainable scientific advancement through multidisciplinary communities of healthcare professionals
  • To deliver first-class education, training and career advancement opportunities to all healthcare professionals, with specific training programmes for low-income countries
  • To work with partner organisations, professional bodies, and competent authorities to improve public and institutional awareness of organ donation and the latest research in the field
  • To develop and promote policies for equitable access to transplantation and related therapeutic strategies


Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in transplantation, ESOT is governed by 27 experts, all actively engaged and involved across all disciplines of organ transplantation.

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Executive Committee

Luciano Potena
ESOT President


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Vassilios Papalois
ESOT Past President 2021-2023
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Gabriel Oniscu
ESOT President Elect 2021-2023
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Olivier Thaunat
ESOT Treasurer


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Umberto Cillo
ESOT Secretary


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Luca Segantini
Chief Executive Officer
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Sections are specialised groups within ESOT focusing on a particular organ or a specific aspect of transplantation. ESOT currently counts eight sections


A number of key activities of ESOT are supervised by four Committees.

Guidelines and Code of Practice

These guidelines are designed to ensure that all sponsors enjoy safe, comfortable and successful participation in the ESOT activities. The guidelines are constantly updated to take into account changes in laws, codes of practice and regional regulations. With this in mind, we urge you to check that your understanding of the guidelines is current.

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Presidents & The History of ESOT

The ESOT Presidents from 1983 to present, how ESOT began and the first meeting.

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ESOT Funding

Our Supporters

ESOT is grateful to industry partners who support our education and research. Their active involvement is invaluable and we are always looking for innovative ways to work together, while always being respectful of transparency and with the only goal to serve our community better. If you are interested in working with ESOT, please contact Devi Mey or Luca Segantini, we would be glad to discuss partnership opportunities.

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