Privacy and Cookies

This privacy policy sets out how ESTS uses and protects any information that you give ESTS when you use this website.
ESTS is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
ESTS may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from August 1st 2014.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Anonymous statistics relating to your use of the website
  • Email content, attachments and your name and email address

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

Internal record keeping.

  • We may provide statistical data to the Society.
  • We may use the information to improve our services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new events, special educational activities or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Please note we cannot guarantee the security of email information, while the data is in transit.

Our use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.





More information

Site cookie acceptance


Persistent Cookie

+ 365 days

Note this plugin is required to operate the site and will not be deleted by our cookie control system.

However you can manually delete it.

This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on our website. Saving repeat visitors receiving the cookie notice on each visit. Saves a 'yes' or 'no' only.

Note: 'required cookies' can only be removed by following the procedure described:

The site will not function as intended without this cookie.

Google Analytics


Persistent Cookie

+ 2 years

These Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the B pages they visited. Note: We do not supply Google full IP addresses.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

Google Analytics


Persistent Cookie

+30 mins

Google Analytics


Persistent Cookie

end of session

Google Analytics


Persistent Cookie

+ 6 months

Template Identification Cookie


Persistant Cookie

+ 355 days

Note this plugin is required.

This cookie is set by our Content Management Systems template. It identifies the template used on our site. It is purely for licensing purposes and carries no personal data.


Content Management System cookie


Session Cookie - is removed at the end of the session.

Note this plugin is required to operate the site and will not be deleted by our cookie control system.

However you can manually delete it.

This session cookie is set by our content management system, upon arrival to our site. 

Users wishing to log into our system require this cookie.

We also use this cookie of log anonymous data around the use of the cookie control system.

This cookie is deleted when a user closes their browser.

Note: 'required cookies' can only be removed by following the procedure described:

The site will not function as intended without this cookie.

YouTube cookies

HSID : Persistant Cookie + 10 years
PREF : Persistant Cookie + 10 years
SID : Persistant Cookie + 10 years
SSID : Persistant Cookie + 10 years
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: Persistant Cookie + 7 months
demographics : Persistant Cookie + 1.5 years

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

How to control cookies

You can easily manage these small files yourself if you know how. You can find guidance on managing cookies on the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998.

A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to ESTS, 1 The Quadrant, Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4LE, UK, Devon.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

ESTS Contacts

ESTS Exeter Office
1 The Quadrant
Wonford Road
Exeter, EX2 4LE
Tel/Fax: + 44 1392 430671

ESTS Websites

ESTS Website:

ESTS Directory:

ESTS Database:

ESTS Events


Academic Track - ESTS Medical Writing Course

3rd - 5th November 2014, European Surgical Institue, Hamburg, Germany

Skill Track - Hands on in Open Surgery and VATS

23 - 24 February 2015, "Elancourt in Strasbourg" IRCAD Institute (Strasbourg, France).

European School of Thoracic Surgery in Russia

5 - 7 March 2015, Kazan, Russia

Knowledge Track - Antalya School

10-15 March 2015, Antalya, Turkey

Itinerant Expert Course

7-8 May 2015, Dresden, Germany

Itinerant Expert Course

18-19 May 2015, Bristol, UK

23rd European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery

31 May – 3 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Skill Track: Elancourt in Strasbourg, IRCAD

14-15 September 2015, Strasbourg, France
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