Laboratory and clinical aspects of the surveillance of healthcare-associated infections a theoretical and practical approach

Event Description

24 - 27 January 2024
Athens, Greece

In healthcare settings, the surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), antimicrobial resistance, and outbreaks plays a critical role in preventing and controlling infectious diseases, optimizing antimicrobial use, and improving patient outcomes. This course offers participants a comprehensive understanding of surveillance principles and methods, with a focus on both theoretical foundations and practical applications in laboratory and clinical settings.

Intended audience:

Medical doctors and pharmacists, nurses or other healthcare professionals with an MSc or PhD are eligible, provided they completed the basic module or have experience in IPC


  • To appreciate the goals and principles of surveillance and feedback in preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), antimicrobial resistance and outbreaks in hospital settings and optimizing antimicrobial use. 
  • To be introduced to basic methods of data analysis, use of data management resources and fundamental principles of reporting and communicating surveillance data. 
  • To appreciate the aims, objectives and methodology of Point Prevalence Surveys (PPS) 
  • To identify effective ways of comparing surveillance data across institutions/settings and disseminating results to healthcare professionals and policy makers at local, national and European levels. 
  • To enable planning, implementation and conduct of a standardized PPS in own hospital setting.

Course coordinator: 

Athanasios Tsakris, Greece 
Achilleas Gikas, Heraklion, Greece 
Georgia Vrioni, Greece


European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Course organisers will monitor attendance. Only participants attending live sessions will be able to receive the certification. 

Course Venue: 

Divani Palace Acropolis 
19-25 Parthenonos str., 11742 
Athens, Greece


Accommodation is not included in the registration.

Registration details: 

Registration fees include full access to the course, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners. Travel costs and accommodation are not included with either fee.  



Registration was closed on 22.10.2023.

Registration Fees



ESCMID Members:

EUR 500

Non-ESCMID Members:

EUR 550