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ESCMID Panorama

ESCMID ECDC Observerships

5-9 September 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

We are pleased to announce that this collaboration between ECDC and ESCMID was continued in 2016. Please see the 2016 report for more information.

Objectives

A group of 10 observers are offered a 5-day programme at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The main objectives of the ECDC Observership programme are:
  • to increase understanding of the European public health roles and responsibilities of ECDC in supporting infectious disease prevention and control and the interplay with expert and competent bodies in the Member States
  • to acquaint observers with EU surveillance and epidemic intelligence systems
  • to share information about ECDC’s Public Health Microbiology Programme
  • to familiarise observers with ECDC’s key outputs and the way they are produced (e.g. risk assessments, scientific advice, support to laboratory network activities.)
  • to facilitate networking between ECDC experts and the other observers and to share information on activities.

More details about the ECDC can be found on their website.

Link to ECDC website

Description

A detailed description of the ESCMID ECDC Observership visit is published on the ECC profile of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Members of the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) will join ESCMID observers, so this will be a good opportunity for interaction across disciplines.

ECC profile European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Place

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden

Eligibility criteria
  • Full or Young Scientist ESCMID members
  • No age restriction
  • No previous or ongoing ESCMID Observership visit within the last or future 12 months
  • Applicants must have a proved interest in public health, e.g. degree, research interest or experience
  • Applicants must have a strong interest in the ECDC/public health fields

Applying for ESCMID ECDC Observerships

Applications accepted from 2 May to 2 June 2016. Platform opens and closes at 12.00 noon.

Application procedure

Applications are accepted from 2 May to 2 June 2016. The platform opens and closes at 12.00 noon CET. ESCMID members should submit their applicationthrough the online application form directly to the Collaborative Centre (ECC). Please follow the instructions below:

  • Visit the ECC profile of ECDC (ECC profile)
  • Login as ESCMID member with your login details
  • Click on the link ‘Apply now for Observership visit’ and submit your request for an Observership through the online application form (application form opens 2 May 2016, 12:00 noon CET and closes 2 June 2016, 12.00 noon CET).
  • Before filling in the application form, please have the following files available for upload:
    • CV with list of publications that demonstrates a proven interest in public health, e.g. degree, research interest or experience as well as a strong interest in the ECDC/public health fields
    • A colour photograph (Surname_Firstname.tiff, .gif or .jpg max 4MB)
  • ESCMID and the ECC will review the request for an Observership visit and inform the applicant about the evaluation results

Please note the ESCMID ECDC Observership does not offer laboratory training. Find out more about ECDC on its ECC profile before submitting your application. Selected applicants will be required to submit a short title and outline summary of a possible area of work that they would be willing to present in 5-10 minutes during the visit.

Selection criteria

ESCMID will assess each application according to the following criteria:
The applicant’s focus should be in the infectious disease and public health fields: health services, outbreak detection and control, infection control and infectious disease epidemiology. His/her interest should extend beyond a regional level, e.g. EU or internationally. We will use the following criteria for assessing applications in the public health fields:
•    Degree
•    Research/publications
•    Experience
•    International collaboration
•    Active engagement with a public health organization such as ECDC, or use of resources from ECDC (or similar public health organisation) in the course of their work.

Applicants are encouraged to highlight relevant experience and interest in their applications, which will then be used to select participants. As a secondary criterion, a maximum of two participants per country can be represented. As a last criterion, those with an earlier time of submission will receive priority.

Funding

Intra-European Observership visits
ESCMID member from Europe visits an ECC in Europe (definition)
ESCMID subsidises travel costs and subsistence for outside-of-country visits as follows:

  • EUR 500 max. for travel expenses (air ticket, train ticket, car expenses at EUR 0.30 per km)
  • EUR 70 per diem (up to a maximum of 5 days)

ESCMID only supports applications that are submitted and accepted prior to the intended visit; and payment will be made after we receive proof of effectively incurred expenses.

Intercontinental Observership visits (incoming)
Incoming: ESCMID member from outside Europe visits an ECC in Europe (definition)
ESCMID subsidises travel costs and subsistence for outside-of-country visits as follows:

  • EUR 1000 max. for travel expenses (air ticket, train ticket, car expenses at EUR 0.30 per km)
  • EUR 70 per diem (up to a maximum of 5 days)

ESCMID only supports applications that are submitted and accepted prior to the intended visit; and payment will be made after we receive proof of effectively incurred expenses.

Important: The new reimbursement rules for intercontinental Observerships are effective from 11 March 2014.

Report

After the visit, the Observer will be required to complete the official evaluation forms including a report to be published on the ESCMID Collaborative Centre website or in other ESCMID publications (including the name of Observers).