We ask prospective centres to provide a description of the department, geography, city and hospital, together with a profile of competences, staff and services and the main interests and achievements of the institution. Any special epidemiological characteristics of the country or area should be described. Institutions can be clinical (medical) microbiology, clinical bacteriology or virology services, infectious disease units or a combination of these. Microbiology and infectious disease departments within a given hospital are encouraged to apply either jointly or individually. With joint application, please note that departments need to complete separate application forms.
Two external references (name, affiliation, email) should be supplied with the application, one of whom should be from another country.
A Collaborative Centre must be prepared to accept at least one ESCMID Observer per year. The length of the visit is agreed between the Centre and the Observer but should normally be between one day and one month.
ESCMID also encourages institutions outside Europe to apply as ESCMID Collaborative Centres.
Collaborative Centres must be able to communicate with the observer in English. Additional languages of communication at the ECC shall be indicated in the application form.