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03 October 2017

Dear colleagues,

The ESCMID Observership Programme is one of the most original, successful and popular activities of our society. ESCMID collaborative centres (ECCs) active in clinical microbiology and infectious disease welcome ESCMID members from abroad to learn about diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. These centres of excellence in Europe and abroad offer observers insights into the local organization of services, help establish new contacts and foster international exchange. The ECC programme was launched in early 2009 and currently lists more than 100 fully operating centres. Approximately 95% of observers rate their visits as excellent and 5% as good.

The ESCMID Executive Committee has gradually increased its budget for this activity every year (by 30% in 2016) and today sponsors more than 90 visits per year. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the programme, we have been inundated with applications. The current process has led to a situation where a large part of the 2018 observership annual budget (about EUR 100,000) has already been spent.

For this reason, the ESCMID Executive Committee has decided to temporarily close the application platform and to not approve any further applications at this point of time. The ESCMID Executive Committee will meet in mid-November to discuss an alternative way of managing the observerships to allow a fairer application process and a more sustainable programme. We will therefore give you an update at the end of November 2017 and will be working towards once again offering the popular programme to our members as soon as possible.


Abstract submission for ECCMID 2018 in Madrid is open

Abstracts may be submitted until 30 November 2017 at 23.59 CET. The abstract topics and the abstract guidelines can be found on the website. You will also find a tutorial video to guide you through the process, if you have never submitted an abstract to ECCMID before.

Come and join more than 10,000 colleagues at the largest, most comprehensive and most influential meeting in the fields of clinical microbiology, infectious disease and infection control. Present and discuss your research from 21 – 24 April 2018 at ECCMID 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Registration is open now.

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Reminder to nominate candidates for ESCMID awards

Nominations are accepted until 11 October 2017 at 12:00 noon CET for the Award for Excellence in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of infection as well as for the Young Investigator Award, which rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level.  The TAE Award for Training Achievements, with the same nomination deadline, recognizes and rewards outstanding trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.

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CMI highlight: MALDI-TOF MS to identify pathogens from liquid media

Researchers from Spain propose using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) as a tool for identifying microorganisms directly from liquid cultures to obtain a rapid microbiological diagnosis and an adequate administration of the antibiotic therapy in a clinical setting. They found that MALDI-TOF-MS plus the sonication-based extraction method enabled direct and accurate identification of microorganisms in liquid culture media in 15 minutes. This compares with the 24 hours required for subcultures in conventional identification.

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Antimicrobial stewardship course in Istanbul 5-6 October 2017

ESCMID’s study group for antimicrobial stewardship, ESGAP, together with the Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, KLIMIK, presents a postgraduate course on antimicrobial policies. Intersectoral residents and specialists interested in antimicrobial stewardship will get an overview of antimicrobial resistance, consumption surveillance as well as the implementation and integration of antimicrobial stewardship strategies and programmes.

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Young scientists elect two new members for TAE steering committee

The election platform will be open from 28 September - 23 October 2017, 12:00 noon, CET. Two new steering committee members will be elected for a three-year term (2018-2021) by ESCMID Young Scientist Members who are 35 years of age and younger, or under 40 years of age and in training. The TAE steering committee and ESCMID executive committee are pleased to present 4 candidates, whose selection is based on professional and geographical criteria to ensure a well-balanced TAE steering committee.

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ICHS Symposium from 17 – 19 June 2018 in Athens, Greece

The registration is open for the ICHS symposium organized by the International Immunocompromised Host Society from 17 – 19 June 2018 in Athens, Greece. The conference covers diverse topics such as new diagnostics, infections in transplant recipients, the treatment of multi-resistant bacteria, invasive fungal infections and infectious complications in immunocompromised hosts or life-threatening infections and intensive care in neutropenic cancer patients to name just a few highlights. Symposia, plenary and poster sessions will provide attendees with opportunities to interact with leading experts in the broad field of infectious diseases and immune-deficiencies.

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