ESCMID newsletter

March 2012

Dear Colleague,
The hectic days in London are fast approaching and we are almost ready to welcome you  to ECCMID 2012. This month’s newsletter is meant to offer highlights of our main annual event and other interesting ESCMID activities  lined-up in the coming months. The ESCMID Manual of Microbiology has just been published, and many copies are being flown out to London while the ECCMID mobile application is being implemented with the new ECCMID social media profiles. St. George’s Day in late April will be celebrated with the ESCMID Antibiotic Days Conference, also held in London. Registration for the TROCAR/ESCMID Conference in Barcelona is open, and we welcome applications for attendance grants from our younger members. Finally, whether you are a trainee or not, aren’t you eager to find out the results of the TAE Steering Committee election? We shall reveal the results further on in this newsletter.

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22nd ECCMID - Event of the year 2012

Ready for the ECCMID four-day marathon in London?

The ESCMID team will be the first to reach the ExCel Centre in London in  order to make sure that everything is geared up for your arrival at ECCMID 2012. In the meantime we want to highlight two novel events:

  • Tuesday, 3 April 2012, Late-breaker round table and open discussion: Flu, mutations and transmission: to publish or not to publish? Discuss personally with Albert Osterhaus, Ron Fouchier, Yoshihiro Kawaoka and colleagues their recent research findings on influenza virus mutations and the implications for public health. 

Manual of Microbiology available at ECCMID

Fifty-two chapters prepared by over 100 authors and editors have recently been published in hardcover. Grab your copy: it’s available at ECCMID in less than 20 days. The manual covers the main areas of microbiology and represents the most up-to-date knowledge in the field in Europe.

Social media and mobile application at ECCMID

We are glad to inform you that one of this year’s news at ECCMID will be a mobile application including updates from the ECCMID profiles on Twitter and Facebook. Our press office will also cover the social media, providing information and answering your questions before, during and after the congress.
As interaction is crucial  for ESCMID, the year 2012 marks an important milestone in communication at ECCMID, too, as we are able to provide a direct and privileged communication channel to ECCMID participants.

ECCMID is on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin events.



23 April 2012, London, United Kingdom
5th International Day for Fighting Infection, St. George’s Day – The Antibiotic Days

One of the most relevant events of next month is the International Day for Fighting Infection, which ESCMID is going to celebrate on St. George's Day for the fifth time in a row. The focus in 2012 will be on the fascinating history of antibiotics, which will be unveiled at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming.

Read more about the conference faculty, venue and registration procedure and apply!


5-6 June 2012, Barcelona, Spain
TROCAR/ESCMID Conference: Registration is open

2012 TROCAR/ESCMID Conference-Multidrug-Resistant High-Risk Clones (MDR-HiRiC): Features, Epidemiology and Detection-is primarly aimed at microbiologists, basic research scientists, infectious disease physicians and epidemiologists. Young scientist members can apply for an attendance grant by 20 April 2012. This conference will address the most up-to-date knowledge on surveillance, epidemiology and molecular features of multidrug-resistant high-risk clones (HiRiC) currently disseminated across Europe.

Read more about the conference venue, registration procedure, programme and attendance grants.



Results of the 2012 TAE Steering Committee election

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 TAE SC election. The following candidates were elected by a simple majority: Davorka Dusek from Zagreb, Croatia (ID) and Polona Maver (CM) from Ljubljana, Slovenia. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the newly elected TAE Steering Committee members and welcome them to the Committee. We also wish to thank all candidates for their interest and active participation in the electoral procedure.


EU news

New EU calls & other updates


ECDC: open tender

FP7: Calls for Marie Curie individual fellowships published

Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


What's up at ESCMID

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Marseille, France

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

29 - 31 March 2012
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ESCMID Postgraduate course
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4 June - 8 June 2012
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ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Postgraduate Workshop in Clinical Parasitology

5 June - 6 June 2012
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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
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27 - 30 April 2013
Berlin, Germany

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