ESCMID newsletter

February 2012

Dear Colleague,
Time is rushing by and the ESCMID executive team is increasingly busy with the preparation of the annual event, the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - the 22nd ECCMID. Last-minute abstracts are still arriving at ESCMID’s office; the ECCMID scientific programme went online recently while the last chapters of the ESCMID Manual of Microbiology were speedily put together and sent out to the printer. ESCMID’s activities are also on the go, in fact Summer School registration has just opened and, good news, ESCMID and ECCMID are now on social media. We look forward to sharing the near and far future with our loyal members.

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22nd ECCMID - Event of the year 2012

Announcement of publication of the Manual of Microbiology at ECCMID 2012

The publication of the Manual of Microbiology is one of the latest great achievements of ours, made possible by CM/ID experts from ESCMID and SFM. The publication will be celebrated during the 22nd ECCMID, where the manual will be available for purchase.

Urgent deadline for late-breaker abstracts

Today, 17 February 2012, is the deadline for submitting your abstract. This is the last chance to present your late-breaker abstract and take part in the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases-22nd ECCMID.

Please contact us at for any issue or question regarding the registration.

ECCMID scientific programme now online

A couple of months to go before ECCMID 2012, and the final detailed scientific programme is now online. Read through the programme and pick your favourite session, lecture or symposium. ECCMID also offers educational workshops, a TAE Trainees Day and highly interactive Meet-the-Expert sessions held by a representative selection of CM/ID experts.

Read more about the 22nd ECCMID scientific programme.

ESCMID Awards and Grants at ECCMID 2012

The 2012 recipients of the Excellence Award, Young Investigator Awards, TAE Excellence Training Awards, Research Grants and Training Fellowships have just been selected. You can now discover all those who will be honoured during the forthcoming ECCMID.

31 March 2012, London, United Kingdom
TAE Trainees Day session at ECCMID 2012

Following last year’s success, the next Trainees Day session will take place at ECCMID 2012 on Saturday 31 March. Once again, there will be a highly interactive session for trainees in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. All ESCMID members in training are strongly advised not to miss this excellent educational event. More senior members of ESCMID are expected to inform their trainees about it and encourage them to attend.



21-27 July 2012, Innsbruck, Austria
11th ESCMID Summer School - Registration open

Young MDs at the end of their specialty training, pharmacists and biologists, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows working in the infection field are called upon to register for the 11th ESCMID Summer School, an intensive one-week postgraduate course in the field of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The Summer School programme includes educational lectures, small group tutorials, interactive pro/contra sessions and case presentations by students.

Apply by 21 May 2012. Attendance grants and reduced tuition fees are available to ESCMID members.


Parity Commission

Parity Commission - Guidance on how to balance the scientific programme of ESCMID related events

An important project that involved the Parity Commission in the last year is the creation of the ESCMID guidance on how to balance the scientific programme of ESCMID-related educational events by gender and country of origin. The Parity Commission believes that an improved balance will be reflected by a significant increase in the quality of ESCMID activities overall.

Read more and download the Guidance on How to Balance the Scientific Programme of ESCMID-Related Events.


Web Communication

ESCMID and ECCMID on social media

The best way to start the year is to keep up with the times: ESCMID and ECCMID are now on social media. As we open our organisation to the new means of communication and interaction, we plan to create ESCMID and ECCMID profiles on several social media platforms so as to reach each and every one of you and many more interesting scientists for you to engage with to expand your professional network, share your insight and exchange opinions. Finally, ESCMID and ECCMID are at your disposal via social media to provide immediate responses to any questions or issues.
Join the conversation:

ESCMID is on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin.
ECCMID is on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin events.
Please sign in or sign up to the social media platforms to see and/or to join the ECCMID and ESCMID profiles.


Highlights from the society's journal - CMI

February 2012 CMI editor's choice
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: A call for action!

This month the CMI editor chose an article describing the uncontrolled development in the last ten years of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) among Enterobacteriaceae and the potential harm generated by multiresistance as the number of cabapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae increases. In fact, the role of Carbapenem is crucial in the treatment of enterobacterial infections as last line of antibiotics that is still effective.


Profession & career

February 2012, Luxembourg
New job opening

A clinical microbiologist is needed for a laboratory position at the Laboratoire National de Santé in Luxembourg. Current experience in serology, virology and molecular methods is required. Additional experience in genotyping, lab software management, lab accreditation, hospital infection management and scientific publishing would be an advantage. Language requirements: a good command of English, French and German, written and spoken. The division is the national reference centre for several infectious diseases.

Read more about the job description and how to apply.


EU news

New EU calls & other updates

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST): Call for research networks

ERC Proof of Concept: Call published

Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


What's up at ESCMID

2 - 3 March 2012
Athens, Greece

ESCMID Postgraduate course
Problems in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Invasive Fungal Infections: Recent Advances in Their Management

19 - 21 March 2012
Marseille, France

ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Threats: Avoiding Outbreaks in Europe

29 - 31 March 2012
London, UK

ESCMID Postgraduate course
Antimicrobial Stewardship: Measuring, Auditing and Improving, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

31 March - 3 April 2012
London, UK

ESCMID Event of the year 2012

23 April 2012
London, United Kingdom

ESCMID Conference
5th International Day for Fighting Infection, St. George’s Day - The Antibiotic Days

14 May - 17 May 2012
Siena, Italy

ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Significance of Experimental Models for Studying Bacterial Meningitis and Sepsis

3 June - 8 June 2012
Szeged, Hungary

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Anaerobes in Health and Disease; How to Isolate, Identify and Look for Resistance in a Cost-Effective Way

4 June - 8 June 2012
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Postgraduate Workshop in Clinical Parasitology

5 June - 6 June 2012
Barcelona, Spain

ESCMID TROCAR Conference 2012
Multidrug Resistant High Risk Clones (MDR-HiRiC): Features, Epidemiology and Detection

13 - 16 June 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

ISID 15th International Congress on Infectious Diseases

17 - 20 June 2012
Zagreb, Croatia

100th ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Surveillance of Resistance in Grampositive Cocci:
Laboratory to Clinic

21 - 27 July 2012
Innsbruck, Austria

ESCMID Summer School
11th ESCMID Summer School

27 - 30 August 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark

100th ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Medical Biofilm Techniques 2012

25 - 28 September 2012

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
2nd Workshop <<Antimicrobial susceptibility Testing and Surveillance: from Laboratory to Clinic - the EUCASE, ESGARS and EPASG Perspecitve>>

08 - 11 October 2012
Athens, Greece

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
A Statistical Approach to PK/PD Analysis in Practice

16 - 18 November 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Infections in Returning Travellers: There Is No Border for Transmission of Infections

27 - 30 April 2013
Berlin, Germany

Event of the year 2013

More ESCMID events

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