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ESCMID Panorama
05 April 2012

22nd ECCMID in London, Olympic city
As a man sows, so shall he reap

22nd ECCMID at the ExCeL Centre in London
22nd ECCMID at the ExCeL Centre in London

The European Congress in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases has just ended and ESCMID is enjoying the fruits of its labour throughout the year.
A wonderful Opening Ceremony on Saturday, 31 March was held at the ExCeL Centre in London.

Jon Cohen, ECCMID president, opened the Ceremony followed by Jordi Vila, ECCMID programme director, who presented the outstanding statistics on the ECCMID 2012 participants:

  • Number of participants 10’225 thereof 8’071 registered delegates, 1’555 industry representatives, 327 accompanying persons, 200 exhibition visitors, 72 press delegates
  • Number of countries: 99
  • Exhibition: 125 exhibitors, 2’941 m2 net area
  • Number of sessions: 169 thereof 14 keynotes, 94 symposia and oral sessions, 19 meet-the-expert sessions, 19 workshops, 22 integrated symposia, 1 TAE Trainees day
  • Press: 72 registered journalists, 3 press releases (media clipping to be published soon)
  • Total of 273 hours of contact
Left: outgoing president Giuseppe Cornaglia and ingoing president Gunnar Kahlmeter at the Opening Ceremony
Left: outgoing president Giuseppe Cornaglia and ingoing president Gunnar Kahlmeter at the Opening Ceremony

The outgoing ESCMID president Giuseppe Cornaglia greeted all participants and concluded by a warm “Grazie e arrivederci!”-English translation: “Thanks and goodbye!”. Prof. Cornaglia welcomed the ingoing president Prof. Gunnar Kahlmeter, who joined him on the stage. Both will work side by side the next two years, leading a successful transition toward innovation.



Visitors stormed the ESCMID stand and the ECCMID participants made a mad dash for the European Manual of Microbiology which were snapped up and sold out in a few days. More copies will be available soon and a banner on ESCMID website will inform about how to buy the manual online.

Three press releases were published on ESCMID website featuring the congress itself and two of the most intriguing sessions Flu, mutations and transmission: to publish or not to publish? Speakers: A.D.M.E. Osterhaus, K. van der Bruggen, R. Fouchier, R.L. Moritz and Preparing for Infectious Diseases at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Speakers: B. McCloskey, Z.A.A. Memish, P. Gautret, E. Botelho-Nevers, K. Khan.

Innovation was the keyword at the 22nd ECCMID and it will be the approach of the coming years in Berlin (23th ECCMID in 2013) and Barcelona (24th ECCMID in 2014). A free mobile application was available to all 22nd ECCMID participants and last minute implementation made it possible to provide direct access to the ECCMID social media profiles on Twitter and Facebook.

The future sees ESCMID’s passion for new technologies to be developed through a new communication strategy which will focus on online journalism, social media and web and will see the re-launch of the ESCMID website including the ECCMID website. The importance of online information and social media is well known nowadays and ESCMID is willing to be a centre of excellence also in educating scientists in communicating science openly and through the most updated communication tools. Please use the hash tag #ECCMIDinnovation to propose your ideas and share your insight on Twitter.