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News in 2015

We are pleased to announce that Alex W. Friedrich from the University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands and Maurizio Sanguinetti from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, will join the ESCMID Executive Committee in April 2016 as representatives of clinical microbiology. Evelina Tacconelli from the University Hospital Tübingen, Germany, has been successfully re-elected for a second term representing infectious diseases.

On behalf of all our colleagues, we heartily congratulate the re-elected and newly-elected officers. We are looking forward to their much valued contributions to the society.

We also thank all candidates for their interest and for actively participating in the electoral procedure. This year’s EC election has seen a record participation from its voting members. We thank you for your lively interest in our society.

The new composition of the ESCMID Executive Committee will be effective as of the Assembly of Members during ECCMID in Amsterdam from 9 – 12 April 2016.

There is a job opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of anti-infective pharmacology in the context of intracellular infection at the Louvain Drug Research Institute in Brussels, Belgium. This clinical three-year position is part of a transnational project financed by the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR).

The University Hospital in Tübingen has an open post-doc position in infectiology. The researcher will conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses to forecast the clinical development of multi-resistant microorganisms and predict future needs for antibiotics.

We have received a record of 4,648 submitted abstracts for ECCMID. The review is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The programme committee will meet in January and inform submitters about acceptance of their abstracts by the end of January at the latest.

ESCMID Young Scientist members (35 years of age or younger) who have submitted an abstract for the 26th ECCMID in Amsterdam may apply for ESCMID support. ESCMID travel and registration grants are only given to presenting authors of top-scoring abstracts. An ESCMID grant includes full registration to ECCMID and a travel allowance of EUR 500 (paid in cash onsite against presentation of an identity card or passport).

The Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), one of the largest university medical centres in Western Europe, is looking to partner with an academic organization or an NGO for the EU call on transmission dynamics of antimicrobial resistance. Erasmus MC is particularly interested in AMR researchers in the human, animal and environmental fields and/or those specialized in mathematical dynamics and transmission modelling. 

ESCMID supported a conference at Roehampton University in London, where students and more than 70 academics debated strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Five leaders in the field of bacterial research presented their cutting-edge work and spoke on current issues and approaches to deal with resistance. The conference aimed at raising public awareness and provided students with the chance to learn first-hand about research in this field.

We have received a record number of abstracts for ECCMID 2016 in Amsterdam. That is more than the 4,019 abstracts received for Copenhagen in 2015 and also more than the previous year in Barcelona. Thank you all for your submissions. The abstract review will begin this week, and the submitters are expected to receive an answer regarding the abstract’s acceptance by 20 January 2016.

Save money on your registration! Take advantage of the early-bird registration fee. ESCMID members save €150 and non-member €120.

EUCIC, ESGAP and EUCAST will start conducting a European survey this week to explore in which countries selective reporting of antibiotic susceptibility testing results has been already implemented on a large scale (regional, national) and how it has been organized. For this purpose, a questionnaire survey will be sent out to national contacts this week. We would very much appreciate your participation.

In April 2016 Past-President Gunnar Kahlmeter and Treasurer Cornelia Lass-Flörl will complete their terms on the executive committee, while Professional Affairs Officer Evelina Tacconelli will stand for re-election after completing her first term. You will be able to select two (2) new members representing clinical microbiology and one (1) representing infectious diseases. The 2015 online election for the ESCMID Executive Committee will close Monday, 14 December 2015 at 12:00 noon CET.

The 126 applications are evaluated by three peer-reviewers independently. To achieve this, some 150 peer-reviewers are currently busy doing one to maximally five reviews. We are grateful for all their commitment and look forward to supporting the selected projects.

Please check your user profile on the ESCMID database. In order to receive only the information you want we kindly ask you to take a few minutes to review and update your preferences if necessary. Please follow the link to the login form and your personal ESCMID profile. 

We want to encourage microbiologists to fill in a survey by the Federation of European Microbiology Societies. The study’s objective is to strengthen the profession, and to inform microbiology students about career identities and perspectives. Findings will be presented in 2016.

The abstract submission deadline is 29 November (midnight CET) for ECCMID, which takes place from 9 – 12 April 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. You will find information on the faculty, scientific programme and registration on the congress website.

In April 2016 Past-President Gunnar Kahlmeter and Treasurer Cornelia Lass-Flörl will complete their terms on the executive committee, while Professional Affairs Officer Evelina Tacconelli will stand for re-election after completing her first term. According to the bylaws, two new members representing clinical microbiology and one representing infectious diseases will be elected. You will be able to choose from a number of candidates with excellent qualifications and extensive experience. The 2015 online election for the ESCMID Executive Committee is open as of Monday 23 November. It will close Monday, 14 December 2015 at 12:00 noon CET.

The European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) and ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) published a newsletter to coincide with the EAAD. EUCIC, whose objective it is to objective is to create a new infection, control and prevention (IPC) network, is currently setting up national committees. ESGAP is currently conducting a European-wide survey on the “teaching on prudent antibiotic prescribing” among final-year medical students. ESCMID supports various activities on the European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November and during the World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 16 – 22 November. A press release can be found here.

ESCMID supports various activities on the European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November and during the World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 16 – 22 November. The European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) and ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) will publish a newsletter to coincide with the EAAD. EUCIC, whose objective it is to objective is to create a new infection, control and prevention (IPC) network, is currently setting up national committees. ESGAP is currently conducting a European-wide survey on the “teaching on prudent antibiotic prescribing” among final-year medical students.

Check out our mentorship programme. The aim is to give mentees (ESCMID members) the opportunity to benefit from mentoring (maximum 2 years) by one of our more than 20 approved ESCMID Mentorship Centres. At the beginning of November the mentorship programme had the following matches:

Mentor: Marc Bonten, Utrecht, Netherlands
Mentee: Silva Tafaj, Tirana, Albania
Mentee: Jasmin Islam, Brighton, United Kingdom

Mentor:  Ivan Ernesto Solano Leiva, San Salvador, El Salvador
Mentee:  Imke Wieters, Frankfurt, Germany

Mentor: Jacob Moran-Gilad, Beit Kama, Israel
Mentee: Sophia David, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Abstract submission deadline extended to 24 November 2015. Submit your abstract today to actively participate in the IMMEMX XI to be held 9 – 12 March 2016 in Estoril, Portugal. Reduced registration fees are available until 15 December 2015.


We would like to inform you of the recent decision taken by the ESCMID Executive Committee to relocate the 26th ECCMID from Istanbul to Amsterdam from 9 – 12 April 2016. Taking into account the current geo political situation in Turkey and the region, we have come to the conclusion that it is in the interest of all stakeholders to relocate the congress. You find more information on the congress website.

The ESGVH newsletter has an update from the study group’s activities and a summary of the business meeting at ECCMID 2015 in Copenhagen. Other topics include the research and educational courses undertaken by the study group. If you are interested in becoming a member of ESGVH, please contact one of the study group’s board members.

With this year’s thematic limitation to projects related to bacterial infections and diseases, chances for success are higher for the applicants, who will be informed about acceptance by the end of February. Next year, projects dealing with fungal/viral/parasitic infections and diseases will be sought.

The clinical microbiology department at the Marmara University Pendik Hospital in Istanbul has been approved as a new ESCMID Collaborative Centre. The microbiology department is one of the centres for excellence for research and practice in Turkey. With subspecialty units for bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and serology it undertakes several research projects and runs the central clinical laboratory that processes all samples from seven government hospitals. The centre serves as a central laboratory for molecular diagnosis and offers a wide range of molecular tests. It has high competences in the diagnosis of anaerobic infections and in antimicrobial resistance. More information may be found on the ESCMID website.

You have time until 10 November at 12:00 noon CET to apply or nominate candidates for three types of awards. The most prestigious is the ESCMID Award for Excellence in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of infection. But you may also nominate a colleague for the Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level, or you may apply for the TAE Awards for Training Achievements that recognize outstanding trainees in the field.

We would like to encourage microbiologists – particularly clinical microbiologists – in the ESCMID network to fill in a survey that follows on from a similar study conducted earlier this year by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS). The objective of the study is to help strengthen the profession, and to inform microbiology students about career identities and perspectives. Findings will be presented in 2016.

Katherina Zakikhany, Miriam José Alvarez Martinez, Garyfallia Kavarnou, Nicola Cocco, Michel Vaillant, Heimo Lagler and Sophie Newitt from Europe as well as Suzi McCarthy and Sumit Kumar Rawat from outside Europe successfully completed their observerships at the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe in Copenhagen.

ESCMID is a co-organizer of the 4th ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications that takes place from 2 – 5 November in Chicago, USA. The conference is sponsored jointly by ESCMID and the American Society for Microbiology. With sessions on the epidemiology of livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA); the epidemiology of MRSA and MRSP in companion animals; genomics; prevention and control of LA-MRSA in healthcare facilities, in the community and on farms; treatment and control of MRSA and MRSP in companion animals; and, diagnostic testing, this conference will be relevant to individuals in the medical, veterinary, public health and associated research fields.

The ESCMID Fungal Infection Study Group EFISG is supporting a four-week mycology course for microbiologists (MD, PhD, VetD) practicing mycology in hospital laboratories that takes place from 21 March - 15 April 2016. The course organizers aim to give an update on the most recent advances in diagnosis and identification procedures and principles of therapy for fungal infections. EFISG recommends this course because it is a unique opportunity to enrol in a comprehensive course on medical mycology. Applications are accepted until 1 November 2015.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosted a group of ESCMID members for the ESCMID ECDC Observership initiative from 7 - 11 September at ECDC’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. The nine ESCMID observers were joined by three observers from the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) for a five-day orientation programme designed to offer participants an overview of ECDC’s activities and its role in supporting public health actions to control and prevent infectious disease in the EU and globally.

13 October 2015
Cast your vote for the TAE Steering Committee until 3 November

All young scientist members are able to cast their votes on the six candidates proposed for two positions – one in infectious diseases, one in clinical microbiology – on the board of the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE). The election is open until 3 November 2015, 17:00 CET.

For clinical microbiology the candidates are Anna Jarchow-MacDonald from Dundee, United Kingdom; Florian Maurer from Hamburg, Germany; David Ong from Utrecht, Netherlands; and Caroline Rönnberg from Stockholm, Sweden. For infectious diseases the candidates are Ceren Atasoy from Istanbul, Turkey; and Maja Sabolic from Zagreb, Croatia. Only eligible members may access more information on the candidates.

The BEAM Alliance, a group of small and medium-sized European biopharmaceutical companies committed to developing innovative solutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance, released a position paper at the end of last month with key recommendations on how to reinvigorate antibacterial innovation. The document proposes policies to enhance the attractiveness of antibacterial research and accelerate the development of the much needed new therapies against multi-resistant bacteria.

06 October 2015
You may apply for an ESCMID research grant until tomorrow!

The application period for next year’s ESCMID research grants runs until tomorrow, 7 October 2015, at noon CET. In addition to the regular grants worth EUR 20,000, ESCMID has reserved up to EUR 50,000 each for two excellently rated projects, where the reviewers see a great potential and are of the opinion that they merit additional funds to take the topic further. Please note that the application criteria and the related information have changed. In even years (2016) only projects dealing with bacterial infections are accepted, increasing the chances of the individual projects. In uneven years the focus is on fungal, viral and parasitic infections and diseases.

ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) announced at the end of September that its new executive committee assumed office. The ESGLI Executive Committee consists of:

•    Valeria Gaia, Switzerland (Chairperson)
•    Soren Uldum, Denmark (Secretary)
•    Sophie Jarraud, France (Treasurer)
•    Jeroen den Boer, Netherlands (EC member, epidemiology)
•    Maria Luisa Ricci, Italy (EC member, environmental & ELDSNet)
•    Jacob Moran-Gilad, Israel (EC member, microbiology & NGS)
 
ESGLI thanks all its members for voting and the previous executive committee members for their excellent work over the last years.

The European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) publishes its first newsletter. The objective is to establish a continuous flow of information to all interested members of the clinical microbiology, hospital hygiene/infection control and infectious diseases community, regarding recent news, future activities and the evolution of the overall project. The October newsletter contains information about EUCIC's goals as well as on past and future activities of the committee.

Registration is now open for our next ECCMID, which takes place from 9 – 12 April 2016 in Istanbul. Peruse the preliminary programme, which includes keynote lectures, educational workshops, meet-the-expert sessions and symposia. To look at the scientific highlights of the previous ECCMID in Copenhagen, go to our video clips.

You can still propose candidate for the board of the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE). The goals of the TAE are to encourage, improve and harmonize the training in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases across Europe. A recent survey conducted by the association showed that more than 90% of trainees do not regret their decision of having specialized in CM and ID.

You have until 2 October to register for the course Microbiology for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: ABC and XYZ, in Beijing and until 10 October to register for the course Moving Antimicrobial Stewardship Forward in Special Population Settings in Ferney-Voltaire, France.

The 11th International Meeting on Microbial Epidemiological Markers (IMMEM-11) will take place in Estoril, Portugal, from 9 – 12 March 2016. IMMEM, which is co-organized by the ESCMID Study Group for Epidemiological Markers (ESGEM), is a conference organized every three years. For the first time ESCMID members are eligible for reduced attendance fees and may apply for grants!

The newsletter of the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) contains news on the study group’s activities, its sessions at next year’s ECCMID congress, and on the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, which will take place on 18 November during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from 16 to 22 November 2015.

The application period for next year’s ESCMID research grants is open until 7 October 2015 at noon CET. In addition to the regular grants worth EUR 20,000, ESCMID has reserved up to EUR 50,000 each for two excellently rated projects, where the reviewers see a great potential and are of the opinion that they merit additional funds to take the topic further. Please note that the application criteria and the related information have changed. In even years (2016) only projects dealing with bacterial infections are accepted, increasing the chances of the individual projects. In uneven years the focus is on fungal, viral and parasitic infections and diseases.

EUCIC supports the first European Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship, which will start 28 September 2015 with the goal of raising the awareness of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship throughout the global medical community. Developed by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the University of Dundee, this landmark course is the first free online course available to all learners across the globe. The six-week course is designed to facilitate and empower healthcare professionals to provide safe, high-quality antibiotic use by understanding what antimicrobial stewardship is and how it can be applied in everyday practice.

We would like to congratulate Onder Ergönül, Füsun Can, Larry Madoff and ESCMID President Murat Akova on winning the First Prize of 2015 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards in Public Health with their book titled Emerging Infectious Diseases: Clinical Case Studies. The book is an easy-to-use, extraordinarily informative text that belongs on every clinician’s shelf, Clinical Infectious Diseases wrote in a recent review. “A collaborative effort among scientists, clinicians, and public health workers is needed to combat emerging infections. This text was written for clinicians, with the content reflecting interdisciplinary perspectives. It elegantly synthesizes the clinical, microbiologic, and epidemiologic information that is critical for patient diagnosis and for recognizing and mitigating outbreaks.” (Clinical Infectious Diseases, August 1, 2015).

You have until 10 November 2015, 12.00 CET to nominate researchers for the ESCMID Excellence Award in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases as well as the Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, while the Young Investigator Award rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level. 

You have until 18 September to apply for a grant for the Microbiology for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: ABC and XYZ, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course in Beijing. The objective of the course is to review the basic methodology in bacteriology, virology, fungal infections and parasitology with a focus on the newest technologies illustrated by clinical cases. Participants will also discuss the validation of diagnostic tests including definition of cut-offs and external quality control programmes.

As of today, you may submit your abstracts for ECCMID 2016 in Istanbul. The abstract guidelines and the newly defined abstract topics can be found on the ECCMID website. Deadline for the submission is 29 November 2015.

08 September 2015
You may now apply for TAE candidacy and for a TAE Award

We are now accepting nominations for two new members, one in clinical microbiology and one in infectious diseases, for the Trainee Association of ESCMID Steering Committee (TAE SC) until 29 September at 12.00 CET. The elections will take place later in the autumn 2015.

Young scientists may also apply for a TAE Award for Training Achievements. The applicants must be ESCMID members born on or after 10 November 1980. The award is intended to recognize and reward outstanding trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. For more information, please check out the information on the TAE award.

The newsletter of the ESCMID PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group for example includes a review of its activities, a call for researchers interested in contributing to a paper reviewing the role of infection models and PK/PD modeling on optimizing patient care as well as more detail on the new EPASG Study Grant. The grant is intended to foster collaboration across laboratories and help mentoring of young investigators who may wish to spend some time as an observer in a laboratory that can provide additional education/training that is not locally available. The grants are available for up to Euro 1,000. You may apply   for a 2015/16 grant until 31 October. For more information, please check out the group’s newsletter.

Members may now apply for a mentorship lasting up to two years within ESCMID’s dedicated Mentorship Programme. The programme goal is to give less experienced specialists the opportunity to exchange ideas and views on projects with more seasoned experts at one of our more than 20 Mentorship Centres.

The ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (ESGARS) and the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) contributed to a recently published 2014 WHO report describing antimicrobial resistance data gathered through the Central Asian and Eastern European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (CAESAR) network. This report describes the resistance data from five countries in the WHO European Region. It aims to provide guidance and inspiration to countries that are building or strengthening their national systems for antimicrobial resistance surveillance and to stimulate the international sharing of data. WHO and its partners remain committed to supporting countries in these endeavours through the activities of the CAESAR network. 

The ESCMID postgraduate education course Moving Antimicrobial Stewardship Forward in Special Population Settings, which takes place 5-6 November in Ferney-Voltaire, France, is aimed at ID specialists, geriatricians and physicians in charge of antimicrobial stewardship programmes. The objective is to provide specialists with a scenario of future challenges, to broaden the concept for specific patient settings and to offer insights into how to manage multidrug-resistant organisms.

The programme covers a broad variety of topics. You can now browse through the preliminary content of keynote lectures, symposia, educational workshops and meet-the-expert sessions and see who has already confirmed to speak.

The guidelines Diagnosis and treatment of acute bacterial meningitis and Update of the diagnostic guidance document for Clostridium difficile infection are open for public consultation until 14 September 2015. Following the consultation period the guidelines will be submitted to CMI for peer review. ESCMID guidelines are available on the ESCMID guidelines website

The course entitled Carbapenemases in Enterobacteriaceae: Challenges and Preparedness takes place from 24-25 September in Verona, Italy. The course will debate how to effectively detect carbapenemases in routine testing and how to report their presence to clinicians. Guidelines for appropriate infection control and basic options for clinical treatment are also part of the course. Lectures will be followed by practical demonstrations of the main diagnostic techniques. It provides participants with the basic, integrated elements necessary for understanding the nature of carbapenemases, as well as the need for correct identification and reporting.

Are you already looking forward to joining us for ECCMID 2016 in Istanbul next year? To recall this year’s event and bring back some great memories, you may watch the new clip on the scientific highlights of ECCMID 2015 in Copenhagen. The video gives an overview of some of the topics discussed, outlines some of the results and presents interviews with experts in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.

The deadline to apply for a grant for the course Improving the Dosage of Old Antibiotics in Warsaw, Poland, is 1 September. The registration deadline for the postgraduate education course, which takes place from 19 – 21 November, is 5 October. Presenters will summarize currently available knowledge regarding optimized clinical use of revived old antibiotics such as colistin, fosfomycin, temocillin, pivmecillinam, nitrofurantoin, fusidic acid or minocycline. The goal of the course is to provide participants with an updated insight into clinical PK/PD concepts, improved dosage regimens, combinations and appropriate indications in order to help preserve efficacy of these essential drugs in an era of escalating multi-drug resistance.

ESCMID’s Guidelines Director William Hope and Publications and Communications Officer Gunnar Kahlmeter invite comments on future ESCMID guidelines before finalization, peer review and publication. The consultation period will last one month and will be followed by a one-month period where a formal response to comments is made and published on ESCMID’s guidelines website prior to submission to CMI for peer review.

Two guidelines are  open for public consultation until 14 September, 2015:
•    Diagnosis and treatment of acute bacterial meningitis
•    Update of the diagnostic guidance document for Clostridium difficile infection

More information can be found here.

These workshops cover a broad variety of topics ranging from emerging viral diseases, invasive fungi, intestinal parasites and mycobacteria. Topics like multidrug antimicrobial resistance and resistance mechanisms, treatment options and antimicrobial susceptibility testing as well as vaccines, clinical trial design and prevention of health care associated infections will continue to be in the focus of next year’s ECCMID. The workshops offer participants the opportunity to exchange ideas, to get updates on training and learn how to apply the latest research findings or recent guidelines. 

The deadline to apply for a grant for the Capacity-building Workshop: Rapid NGS for Characterization and Typing of Resistant Gram-Negative Bacilli is 21 August. The workshop, which takes place from 7 - 9 October 2015 in Groningen, Netherlands, is aimed at laboratory technicians, (molecular) biologists, medical microbiologists, bioinformaticians, veterinarians and public health workers involved in animal, human or food-related research (one-health principle). The course has been designed to boost practical knowledge on Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS), a technology that has developed rapidly and broadened application opportunities, especially for diagnostic use and surveillance, over the past years.

At the end of 2015 we will elect three new members to the ESCMID Executive Committee, one representing infectious diseases and two clinical microbiology. The term of office will begin mid-April 2016 and last four years. The Nomination Subcommittee encourages you to propose candidates with proven professional excellence, leadership abilities, communication skills and contributions to ESCMID activities. To nominate a candidate please fill in the attached form by 31 August 2015. We are looking forward to receiving your nominations.

The PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group is organizing a course entitled Improving the Dosage of Old Antibiotics from 19-21 November in Warsaw, Poland. EPASG was also in charge of the successful 2014 conference Reviving Old Antibiotics. A list of the publications EPASG members published on that conference can be found on the conference website including a lead article and editor’s choice in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy as well as links to articles in the September issue of CMI, which will be dedicated to the conference.
In addition, the EPASG-supported pipeline corner held for the first time at this year’s ECCMID received coverage in a feature article by Ursula Theuretzbacher in Genetic Engineering News last week.

The application period for next year’s ESCMID research grants is open until 7 October 2015 at noon CET. Please note that the application criteria and the related information have changed. In even years (2016) only projects dealing with bacterial infections are accepted, increasing the chances of the individual projects. In addition to the regular grants worth EUR 20,000, ESCMID has reserved up to EUR 50,000 each for two excellently rated projects.

The new education programme for 2016 includes a course on Diagnosis and Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Cape Town, South Africa, a course called PREPAREing for (Re-)Emerging Arboviral Infections in Europe, which is taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, or a hands-on workshop on Better Methods for Clinical Studies in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology in Seville, Spain. More details on the 2016 programme can now be found on our education website

The ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop Improving Patient Safety: the Neglected Impact of Age and Gender will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 2 - 4 September 2015. You may apply for a grant until 15 August and registration is open until 20 August. The objective of the course is to explore and discuss the importance of gender and age in infectious diseases. Theoretical background will be presented as well as an overview of gender and biological differences in the treatment and the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Selected topics include infections, vaccination and antimicrobial treatment will be discussed in depth.

Have you had a look at our ECCMID 2016 website? We have included some information on the visa regulations for Turkey, which offers travelers an electronic visa online. You will also find an overview with information on the congress in our A-Z document.

The Summer School was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 4 – 11 July 2015. The excellent lectures by renowned experts in the field and the record participation of 69 delegates from 24 countries made this event so successful. The presentations and a picture gallery can be found in our Online Lecture Library. The gallery is also on Facebook. We are already planning next year’s Summer School, which will take place in Seville, Spain, and are looking forward to welcoming some of you to this next event.

The postgraduate technical workshop Clostridium Difficile: Practical Aspects of Diagnostics, Typing and Comparative Genomics, which will take place from 2-4 September in Maribor, Slovenia, aims to provide young microbiologists with an updated overview of typing methods for C. difficile. They will be trained in in-vitro susceptibility testing, agarose-based ribotyping, sequencer-based capillary ribotyping, molecular toxin gene detection and use of comparative genomics for epidemiological investigations in daily infection control practise.

The ESCMID Executive Committee and Education Subcommittee have chosen a record number of 20 courses for the education programme next year. The courses cover a range of topics in CM and ID. The courses will be held throughout Europe as well as in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. More details on the 2016 programme will be released next week on our website.

Are you preparing to submit abstracts to ECCMID 2016? We will be ready for your submissions in mid-August. Read now about the guidelines & new topics and get ready!

The course entitled Carbapenemases in Enterobacteriaceae: Challenges and Preparedness takes place from 24-25 September in Verona, Italy. The course will debate how to effectively detect carbapenemases in routine testing and how to report their presence to clinicians. Guidelines for appropriate infection control and basic options for clinical treatment are also part of the course. Lectures will be followed by practical demonstrations of the main diagnostic techniques. The course provides participants with the basic, integrated elements necessary for understanding the nature of carbapenemases, as well as the need for correct identification and reporting.

ESCMID Collaborative Centres are located throughout the world and cover a broad range of specialties. For instance, if you are interested in broadening your knowledge in infection control and epidemiology, you may consider visiting that department of the Edouard Herriot Hospital under the charge of Prof. Philippe Vanhems. It is a component of the department of Infection Control, Epidemiology and Prevention of the Lyon University Hospital. The main missions are directed towards surveillance of nosocomial infections, development of technical procedures and practical recommendations to reduce the risks of hospital acquired infections, continuous improvement of the quality of care, participation in the institutional management of the risks and clinical research on infectious diseases. The unit is involved in a broad range of projects: surveillance of various infections in different units, outbreak investigations, audits, training, clinical research and hence the observership offers an excellent opportunity to interact with various departments in various specialties. The department is also part of several international collaborations.

Since the beginning of July you may access the website for the 26th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9 - 12 April 2016. For ECCMID 2016, the Programme Committee is preparing keynote lectures, symposia, educational workshops and meet-the-expert sessions. All the latest developments in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases will be covered.

The Research Grant programme for 2016 is focused on bacterial infections & diseases, including pathogenesis, diagnostics, antibacterial susceptibility & resistance, antibacterial stewardship and vaccines. For 2016 we will not consider applications in other fields. With this thematic limitation we intend to increase the acceptance rate. Application deadline: 7 October 2015.

07 July 2015
A record number of applicants for this year’s Summer School

This year’s ESCMID Summer School, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 4-11 July, is very popular. We received a record number of 72 applications. The one-week course covers a broad range of topics in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and is targeting young MDs finalizing their specialty training but also biologists, pharmacists, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows working in the fields of infections and microbiology.

The ESCMID guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of biofilm infections 2014 has been published in our journal Clinical Microbiology and Infections (CMI). Biofilms cause chronic infections in tissues or by developing on the surfaces of medical devices. Many of them are difficult to diagnose and treat efficiently due to the inflammatory response surrounding the biofilm. Selected hallmark biofilm infections in tissues (e.g. cystic fibrosis with chronic lung infection, patients with chronic wound infections) or associated with devices (e.g. orthopaedic alloplastic devices, endotracheal tubes, intravenous catheters, indwelling urinary catheters, tissue fillers) are the main focus of the guideline, but it may be applied to other biofilm infections.

Researchers of the ESCMID Food- and Water-borne Infections Study Group contributed to the study entitled Event-based surveillance of food- and waterborne diseases in Europe: ‘urgent inquiries’ (outbreak alerts) during 2008 to 2013, which was published in Eurosurveillance. The authors of the paper conclude that the platform to facilitate the timely exchange of information between countries has strengthened the role of the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses (FWD) network. Combined with outbreak data collected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the urgent inquiries give a good overview of the outbreaks’ characteristics. Their analysis, however, also showed that the coordination between the risk assessors and risk managers at the EU/EEA level has to improve, particularly when events are reported. They propose to develop cross-sectoral guidelines for outbreak reporting.

You find ESCMID Collaborative Centres across the globe and with a large range of specialties. If you are looking to strengthen your knowhow in infection control for example, you could spend some time with Prof. Jordi Rello at the Clinical Research & Innovation in Pneumonia & Sepsis (CRIPS) at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona. CRIPS is a leading research group, with a particular interest in sepsis, pneumonia and severe infections in critically ill patients. It offers world-class research in nosocomial infections, community-acquired pneumonia and severe influenza infection. The tertiary 1300-bed teaching hospital has highly specialized microbiology, ID and critical care departments. Clinical care is organized by three teams (Immucompromised, Neurocritical and Medical-Surgical teams) under the leadership of Prof. Rello. Multidisciplinary rounds are conducted daily by fully certified critical care specialists with ID physicians, haematologists, surgeons and respiratory consultants. The observership offers an excellent opportunity to interact with both, the microbiology and the infectious diseases departments.

The 2014 impact factors have just been released! The impact factor (IF) of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) has risen from 5.197 to 5.768. In journals on infectious diseases CMI is positioned behind The Lancet Infectious Diseases with an IF of 22.433, but not far behind Clinical Infectious Diseases (IF 8.886), Emerging Infectious Diseases (IF 6.751) and the Journal of Infectious Diseases (IF 5.997). This increase reflects the very hard work of the editorial board. From 2007 the impact factor has risen from 2.98 to 5.768. During this time, the volume of articles has almost doubled and the period for acceptance and rejection is among the best of the top 20 infectious diseases journals, with an average processing time of 35 days. The rejection rate is very high (82%), which may be frustrating in certain cases. CMI distinguishes itself through the themed sections, which offer original themes not tackled by other journals, and thus play an important role towards the opening of new fields of knowledge.

Gunnar’s lecture on EUCAST and the future of breakpoints and susceptibility testing is published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He was asked to give the lecture when he was awarded the Garrod medal by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in 2014. The full citation is: The 2014 Garrod Lecture: EUCAST - are we heading towards international agreement? Gunnar Kahlmeter, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2015; doi: 10.1093/jac/dkv145. 

ECTMIH 2015 will take place from 6 – 10 September 2015 at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland. It brings together some 2,000 of the most distinguished scientists and experts in the field of tropical medicine and international health. Throughout plenaries, seminars and various parallel scientific sessions, the conference will reflect on global health challenges, neglected diseases, the millennium development goals and what comes afterwards. The event will also offer a platform to reinforce and further promote public-private-partnerships and policy dialogue towards addressing global health challenges. Submit your late-breaking abstracts before 2 July 2015! 

The ECCMID Programme Committee met in Istanbul last week to evaluate more than 400 session proposals with the ambitious goal of building the best ECCMID programme ever! The 30 committee members from all over the world sorted, merged, amended and filtered the proposals to come up with a selection of 100 invited sessions (acceptance rate of 25%), which will make for a well-balanced, top-quality programme for ECCMID 2016. We thank the committee members for their hard work!

Institutes across the globe with a wide range of fields of expertise are keen to share their knowledge. As a member you may spend one day to one month at one of the many ESCMID collaborative centres. Most recent additions include:
•    University of Liverpool in the UK: clinical and research, antibacterial and antifungal PK/PD
•    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel: bioinformatics tools for analyses of microbial genomic data
•    Peking University People’s Hospital in Beijing, China: hemotopoietic stem cell transplantation center
•    Zhongda Hospital, at Southeast University in Nanjing, China: critical care medicine, complicated ID, severe sepsis, septic shock, ARDS, MODS
•    Grigoriev Institute for Radiology in Kharkiv, Ukraine: immunocompromised patients, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and serology

A representative of the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) will take part in the ECDC meeting next Monday to prepare activities for Antibiotic Awareness Day, which takes place 18 November every year. Go to the ESGAP website to find out more about the study group’s activities or to become a member. 

The newly formed Veterinary Microbiology Study Group aims to contribute to the advancement and harmonization of methods for diagnosis and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of veterinary pathogens. It will create a European network for the surveillance of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance in animal populations as well as for early detection of new or exotic infectious agents using animals as sentinels of human disease.

The ESCMID Study Group for Forensic and Postmortem Microbiology aims to create a new network of microbiologists, virologists, anthropologists and archaeologists working in the field of forensic medicine and facilitate cooperation between (forensic) pathologists and (forensic) microbiologists.

The postgraduate technical workshop Clostridium Difficile: Practical Aspects of Diagnostics, Typing and Comparative Genomics, which takes place from 2-4 September in Maribor, Slovenia, aims to provide young microbiologists with an updated overview of typing methods for C. difficile. They will be trained in in-vitro susceptibility testing, agarose-based ribotyping, sequencer-based capillary ribotyping, molecular toxin gene detection and use of comparative genomics for epidemiological investigations in daily infection control practise.

This year, we have received the record number of 400 session proposals for ECCMID 2016 (9 - 12 April 2016, Istanbul, Turkey); our highly motivated ECCMID Programme Committee members are currently assessing them and we are convinced that they will assemble a well-balanced, top-quality programme.

All the webcasts and presentations for ECCMID 2015 are now uploaded on our online lecture library

ESCMID PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group (EPASG) published an obituary on William A. Craig, a renowned clinician-scholar in the fields of antimicrobial therapy and infectious disease who died in March. Read the editorial in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) June.

02 June 2015
Summer School registration deadline is 5 June

You may apply to take part in the 14th ESCMID Summer School, which takes place in Istanbul from 4-11 July. An exciting programme awaits you with topics that include viral infections, infections in immunocompromised hosts or MDR bacteria.

You will find a selection of photographs taken during this year’s ECCMID to bring back memories of a successful congress.

ESCMID is looking to fill the positions of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) and Editor-in-Chief of the online journal New Microbes and New Infections (NMNI), two official publications of the society. Qualified candidates may apply by 15 September.

ESCMID encourages its members to take part in the Longitude Prize, a challenge with a £10 million prize fund aimed at conserving antibiotics for future generations. The prize will be awarded to any competitor who can develop a point-of-care diagnostic test that will identify when antibiotics are needed and which to use. Applicants may submit their entry for the first assessment period until 31 May. There will be another chance in four months’ time.
You do not need to be a British organization to compete. You can find more details about the prize criteria here. To submit your entry you have to register as a competitor on the Longitude Prize website.

Keep the date: The 26th ECCMID will take place from 9 - 12 April 2016.
Abstracts, presentations and webcasts from this year’s ECCMID are still freely available on the online lecture library as well as on ECCMID Live until the end of August.

If you are an ESCMID young scientist or full member, you can be one of 10 observers at the European Center for Diseases Prevention and Control in Stockholm. Members of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) will join ESCMID observers, so this will be a good opportunity for interaction across disciplines. Apply no later than 30 May.

ESCMID is conducting an anonymized survey designed to define a standard personnel-to-hospital bed ratio. Your feedback is important to us! The survey closes on 1 June.

You may access some top interviews by ECCMID TV with ESCMID executives, ECCMID keynote speakers, award winners and other exponents on ESCMID’s official YouTube Channel.

If you are a CM or ID trainee or young specialist with under three years of specialization, or a specialization with training in ID or CM, please take eight minutes to fill out a survey to help us better understand training curriculum dynamics. We hope to achieve regulatory changes and increase the satisfaction of each ID/CM trainee, ultimately also leading to better patient care. Respondents can win an iPad.

A group of 10 ESCMID members will visit the World Health Organization (WHO) in Copenhagen, Denmark, for three days.

Date of Observership: 30 September - 2 October 2015, Applications from: 15 - 30 May 2015

Selection: ‘first come, first served’ but ensuring CM, ID, gender and country balance.

We currently have more than 20 job seekers on our platform. If you have a job opening in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, you can save money and time before advertising the position. First have a look at the profiles of our promising candidates!

You may read more about the ECCMID 2015 highlights in the press releases on our website. Abstracts, presentations and webcasts are freely available on the online lecture library as well as on ECCMID Live until the end of August.

An editorial on guidelines for treatment of Ebola written by Eskild Petersen and Boubacar Maiga is now available in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. A full review of epidemiological, clinical and management issues of Ebola virus disease by Nick Beeching and colleagues is now available in the British Medical Journal.

The newsletter of the ESCMID PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group includes an obituary of William A. Craig and shows upcoming EPASG events.


Register for the Pre-ECCMID course on management and control of health care-associated bloodstream infections in Copenhagen by 31 March and for the course on indigenous parasitic diseases, which takes place in Pavia, by 3 April. 

We are pleased to present the 14 recipients of a research grant in 2015, and we also want to thank all the reviewers for their valuable contribution.


The Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE) offers young professionals the opportunity to discuss their ideas and projects with 20 renowned experts during round table discussions on 25 April.

A summary of the conference highlights can now be found on the conference web page. The presentations will be available in our Online Lecture Library.

Please submit your application for the key chair and head of the department at Radboud University Medical Center in Neijmegen, Netherlands, before 20 March.


This year’s Clinical Grand Rounds with 7 multifaceted cases is co-organized with IDSA and chaired by 6 international experts. It will take place in the morning on 28 April.


The registration and grant deadlines for the course on infections in critically ill patients in Grado, Italy, are 15 March and 16 March respectively. The grant deadline for the parasitic disease workshop in Pavia, Italy, is 13 March.

Submit your late-breaker abstract by 10 March.


ESCMID Full and Young Scientist members can now apply to visit the Mayo Clinic and the University of Queensland. ESCMID features 80 fully-approved ECCs on five continents including Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Check out their activities on their new websites and get involved by becoming a member of these groups:
ESGFOR (Forensic/Postmortem Microbiology)
ESGVM (Veterinary Microbiology)
Other Study Group news:
EFWISG (Food/Water Infections) has a new Executive Committee
ESGAP (Antibiotic Policies) has just published a newsletter

From Educational Workshops to Symposia to special programme for young scientists and trainees - this programme has everything for the CM and ID specialists! Make the most of your time at the Congress and plan ahead.

For several postgraduate courses, the registration and grant deadlines are closing in. Do not miss the chance to apply for the course(s) you want to attend.

Since January 2015, four new ECCs have opened for visits: two in China (Guangzhou & Hangzhou), one in the UK (Liverpool), and one in the Ukraine (Kharkiv). Applicants must be ESCMID Full or Young Scientist members.

ESCMID is looking for a slogan compatible with its mission. If you have a good idea, please submit it no later than 8 March 2015. Win an iPad by submitting the best slogan! 

During the final ECCMID Programme Committee meeting we interviewed several committee members to obtain their evaluation of the 2015 ECCMID programme! Watch the interviews here!

Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Germany: Scientific Coordinator position and Postdoc position
CHU de Nancy, France: One-year funded research fellowship position

Please do not forget to submit your grant application on time! Grant application deadline is 13 February 2015. The course on ‘Diagnosis and Management of Fungal Infections Both in the West and the East’ held in Delhi, India, 19 – 21 March 2015, offers a great opportunity to meet distinguished experts in the field.

We are pleased to present the award recipients below and wish them all the best for their professional future in the CM and ID field.
-Nelia Neves Silva, Porto, Portugal
-Nicole Pagani, Turin, Italy

Find more information for oral and poster presenters. We are excited to have you presenting!

Carolina Garcia-Vidal, Jason Roberts and Roy Sleator will receive their awards at ECCMID during the ESCMID Young Investigator Award session. During this session on 27 April 2015 at 14.30-15.30, each of them will give a 15-minute talk on their work.

03 February 2015
Registration for Summer School in Turkey 2015 is open!

Young professionals can now register for this one-week course with unique networking possibilities. This year’s edition is hosted at the modern and newly built Acibadem University in Istanbul from 4 – 11 July 2015. Besides hearing renowned faculty members speaking on diverse topics in CM & ID, the venue offers plenty of possibilities to get together and make this Summer School an unforgettable event!

Experts will present and lead discussions on the different topics: influenza, poliovirus, safety issues, pertussis, gastrointestinal infections, meningococcal control, HPV, and more. Direct and indirect benefits of vaccinations will be considered and analysed in detail.

Members of the ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants (ESGITM) and the UEMS Section of Infectious Diseases (UEMS-ID) have compiled a list of national Ebola guideline websites from around Europe.

Last chance to register for the Course dealing with ‘Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Viral Hepatitis’, held in Tunis from 6 – 7 March 2015. Registration deadline: 2 February 2015.
Do not miss the chance to apply for an attendance grant for the Course on 'New Perspectives in Infection Control'. Grant application deadline: 2 February 2015.

Everyone is working hard to finalise the ECCMID 2015 scientific programme. 400 faculty members have now accepted invitations to speak and chair. 100 travel grants of 500 Euro to young scientists have been granted.  More than 2500 abstracts for posters and oral presentations have been accepted.

We proudly recognise this outstanding individual for his contributions in Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control. At ECCMID 2015, Marc Bonten will talk on “The modern ICU: are antibiotics used to save the patients or to soothe the minds of the doctors?”.

Save up to EUR 250 compared to onsite registration fees! For a preview of session types and speakers see the online Preliminary Scientific Programme.

All those confronted with device- and implant-associated infections in daily routine as a surgeon, ID physician, internist, infection control practitioner or clinical microbiologist will find the Course on the Diagnosis and Management in Implant-Associated Infections of interest. Join us in beautiful Budapest from 12 – 14 February 2015. Registration deadline: 30 January 2015.

From 6 – 7 March 2015, Tunis will be the host city of the Education Course focusing on “Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Viral Hepatitis”. Do not miss the chance to apply for an ESCMID attendance grant until 16 January 2015.

By clicking on this link you can find everything you need to take action in support of the 5 May 2015 call to action.

05 May 2015
Early registration deadline for Summer School in Istanbul ends 8 May

Sign up for the 14th ESCMID Summer School, which takes place in Istanbul from 4-11 July 2015. The early registration fee applies until 8 May.

A group of 10 ESCMID members will visit the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden for five days.

Date of Observership: 07–11 September 2015
Applications from: 1 - 30 May 2015
Selection: ‘first come, first served’ but ensuring CM, ID, gender and country balance.

So far, 9,826 people have signed up for ECCMID with the top number of attendees coming from the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States. There will be 27 integrated symposia and 162 exhibitors this year. 

ESCMID will honour Médecins Sans Frontières’ achievements with a special and unique ESCMID Excellence Award during the Ebola session at this year’s ECCMID. With this prize the society wants to recognize the outstanding contribution of MSF’s more than 30,000 employees who on a daily basis put their own lives at risk to assist people in need all across the world. The award will be accepted by MSF doctor Hilde de Clerck (s. picture); one of the first experts on the scene after Ebola broke out in Guinea in March 2014.

ECCMID will for the first time host a session on drugs in development, followed by discussions and presentations on electronic posters. The idea of the Pipeline Corner is to give 12 small companies the opportunity to present their anti-microbial R&D programmes.

Luisa Denkel from the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany has won this year’s ISF/ESCMID Sepsis Award to recognize her outstanding abstract on the topic of sepsis submitted to ECCMID 2015.

We have interesting positions advertised in our job section. They include openings at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, at Université Laval in Québec or at the university hospital CHUV in Lausanne.

We have received a total of more than 4,200 abstracts – including 181 late-breakers – for this year’s congress. For the first time in ECCMID’s history, there will be a special oral session on Tuesday, 28 April, where five outstanding late-breaking abstracts will be presented.

14 April 2015
ESCMID’s new slogan is: MANAGING INFECTIONS, PROMOTING SCIENCE

We have received nearly 150 suggestions for our new slogan. We want to thank you all for your contributions. The author of the winning slogan – and owner of a new iPad mini – is Vassiliki Pitiriga, assistant professor at the department of microbiology, medical school of Athens, University of Athens. Congratulations!

The yearbook includes reports on ESCMID conferences, educational courses and study group activities. We no longer post our yearbook to all our members, but ECCMID participants will receive a hardcopy in their congress package.

We have received about 200 submissions for late-breaking abstracts. The accepted submissions will be confirmed this week, and the abstracts will be published mid-April.

According to the latest evaluation, all our study groups exhibit a high level of activity.

The deadline for attendance grants for the postgraduate course on transplant virology in Lausanne, Switzerland, is 10 April.

The COMBACTE open call is an opportunity for clinical trial programs or studies to join the COMBACTE project. The open call aims to identify potential replacement antimicrobial agents or approaches for the treatment, prevention or sequelae of infections due to priority pathogens. The project launched under the ND4BB programme also aims to develop a broad European network of fully capable and GCP compliant clinical investigation sites associated to microbiological labs.

The deadline for submissions for the open call is 29 April 2015, 1900 CET. The open call protocol and guidelines for submitting proposals to the COMBACTE project can be found on the COMBACTE website.


ESCMID is conducting a survey on E-Learning, and your opinion is extremely valuable and essential for the future development of E-Learning within the Society’s portfolio.

Please complete the survey – it only takes two minutes – and win one of three iPad minis! Submit your opinion here. Deadline for submission is 15 May 2015.

We are looking forward to receiving your valuable feedback.


It is time to register for the 7th International Day for Fighting Infection. The event titled "Learning from the Past for Shaping a Better Future" is co-organized by ESCMID and WHO and takes place on 24 April.

ESCMID is conducting an anonymized survey designed to define a standard personnel-to-hospital bed ratio. Your feedback is important!

The registration deadline for the round table discussions, where young professionals may share their ideas and projects with renowned experts, is 13 April.

24 March 2015
ESCMID/Cubist Award 2015 on Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram Positive Bacteria

The ESCMID/Cubist Award 2015 is awarded for two outstanding abstracts of young scientists in the field of antimicrobial resistance in gram positive bacteria. These abstracts have carefully been chosen in a blind review by members of the ECCMID 2015 Programme Committee. The abstracts are going to be presented during ECCMID 2015. Further details on recipients will follow shortly.

The winners are:

P0175 - Dynamics of serotype/serogroup specific antibiotic resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Switzerland (2004-2013), presented by M. Hilty (Berne,Switzerland)


O099 - Trends in antibiotic resistance and serotype distribution in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in France from 2003 to 2013; on-going survey of the French Pneumococcus Network, presented by
M. Kempf (Angers, France)