2023 Awardees

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 TAE Outstanding Trainee Awards, who will receive their awards during the TAE Day Session at ECCMID 2023, in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 16 April 2023.


Joseph Donovan

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


United Kingdom


Joseph Donovan is an Infectious Diseases/General Medicine registrar based at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Keen to develop broad experience in a range of settings, he has undertaken volunteer medical work in Namibia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru and Tanzania, and studied for Diplomas in Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine. During infectious diseases training Joseph spent an additional year gaining critical care experience, before moving to Vietnam in 2017 for 4 years to research tuberculous meningitis, manage multicentre clinical trials, and complete a PhD. Now back in London, Joseph enjoys teaching others – on the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, and as an instructor in Advanced Life Support. Balancing his roles in clinical infectious diseases, brain infection research, and education, he hopes to inspire others with his enthusiasm, continue to learn from his colleagues, and find new ways to help his patients.


Florian Tagini

Lausanne University Hospital




Florian Tagini is currently doing both his residency in infectious diseases and his training in clinical microbiology at the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, where he has also completed an MD-PhD thesis. He gained expertise on bacterial genomics, focusing mainly on the analysis of virulence factors, new bacterial species descriptions and on outbreak investigation in a clinically relevant timing. Florian has been consistently taking part in teaching by conducting practicals for medical students, biology students and for postgraduate workshops. Besides, he has been involved in several associations to improve the conditions of fellow students/trainees as well as in organizing events for young scientists. He is currently in charge of the Early Career section of the Swiss society for microbiology and is the Swiss national representative of the ESCMID. In years to come, Florian hopes to apply his experience and motivation for the benefit of patients, fellow trainees and students.