3rd ESCMID Workshop on Professional Affairs in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: The Future of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Europe

5-6 June 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia


European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

Scientific Committee

Mario Poljak (Chair), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Evelina Tacconelli, Tübingen, Germany
Murat Akova, Ankara, Turkey
Gunnar Kahlmeter, Växjö, Sweden
Giuseppe Cornaglia, Verona, Italy
Miroslav Petrovec, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Scientific Progamme was made in consultation with the ESCMID Professional Affairs Subcommittee, the UEMS Sections of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases as well as in cooperation with the Slovenian Society for Clinical Microbiology and Hospital Infections of Slovenian Medical Association and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Workshop Objectives
  • To review the status of the specialities, Clinical/Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases across Europe.
  • To discuss initiatives to improve the organisational basis for medical practice in our disciplines.
Target Audience

All practising Clinical/Medical Microbiologists and Infectious Disease Physicians, both senior and junior, who are interested in the future development of these medical specialties.

Conference Venue

Main Lecture Hall
Faculty of Medicine
University of Ljubljana
Korytkova 2
1000 Ljubljana

Scientific Programme

Presentations can be found in our OLL.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

13:45 Opening

Only united we stand
14:00 ESCMID: the unique scientific and professional society connecting CM and ID specialists. Murat Akova
14:15 Clinical/Medical Microbiology throughout Europe: a family tree in 2014. Hilpi Rautelin
14:30 Infectious Diseases throughout Europe: a family tree in 2014. Mario Mondelli
14:45 Infection Control: a third pillar in the world of CM and ID. Evelina Tacconelli
15:00 Discussion

Working together and working with others
15:15 What I like and dislike about my fellow clinical microbiologist. Jos Willem Maarten van der Meer
15:30 What I like and dislike about my fellow ID specialist. Gunnar Kahlmeter
15:45 Modern clinical microbiology needs staff with diverse backgrounds. Reinhard Zbinden
16:00 Improving the collaboration between ID and other specialists: keys for success. Jesus Rodriguez-Baño
16:15 Discussion
16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Is antimicrobial multi-drug resistance really a great problem? Gunnar Kahlmeter, Winfried V. Kern
17:30 Microbiology point-of-care testing in intensive care units. Who should perform, read and interpret results? Bruno Baršić, Katja Seme
18:00 The stand-alone ID hospital vs. the ID department in a big hospital. Adriana Vince, Winfried V. Kern
18:30 Infection control, counselling, antibiotic stewardship and auditing. Who should be in charge: ID or CM specialists or someone else? Petra Apfalter, Bojana Beović
19:00 Hepatitis C therapy revolution. Who should be in charge: ID specialists, hepatologists or GPs? Mario Mondelli, Davor Štimac

19:30 Networking Evening


Friday, 06 June 2014

Improving our practice
08:15 Laboratory consolidation and personnel shortages: two problems, one problem or no problem? Johan van Eldere
08:30 Being a basic researcher and ID clinician in one person. Is it possible? Annelies Zinkernagel
08:45 Different infection prevalence and rates of antimicrobial resistance across Europe: reflection of different culture and different attitudes or something else? Gian Maria Rossolini
09:00 Should MICs be given to non-ID clinicians? José Artur Paiva
09:15 Discussion

Practising CM/ID in the time of economic crisis
9:30 What do financial cuts in health-care systems mean for communicable diseases in Europe? Paul Hunter
09:45 Financial cuts limiting health-care programmes: going backward instead of forward. The Greek lesson. Sotirios Tsiodras
10:00 Old guys, you were lucky. What about our “lost generation”? Chrysanthi Skevaki
10:15 Discussion
10:30 Coffee break

Striving for a common European curriculum and exam in CM/ID
11:00 A European medical exam is possible: case of Ophthalmology. Examiner view.  Branka Stirn Kranjc
11:15 A European medical exam is possible: case of Ophthalmology. Trainee view. Špela Štunf
11:30 Building a house from the fundament upwards: Official UEMS Training Requirements for the Specialty of Medical Microbiology. Truls Michael Leegaard
11:45 Is a European exam in CM a way forward? Hilpi Rautelin
12:00 Is a European exam in ID a way forward? Nicholas John Beeching
12:15 How to make CM more attractive for medical graduates? Truls Michael Leegaard, Polona Maver Vodičar
12:30 How to make ID more attractive for medical graduates? Evelina Tacconelli, Joana Cortez
12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch

Focused breakout sessions
Stream I: Towards equality based on merit

14:00 We take gender issues seriously: the results of the ESCMID questionnaire and how to move on. Evelina Tacconelli
14:20 How to promote women in research and career advancement? Titia Kortbeek
14:40 Taking care of young members: ESCMID Mentorship Programme. Nur Benzonana
15:00 How many Europes exist? Dan Otelea
15:20 A common EU immunization schedule: myth or reality? Pier Luigi Lopalco
15:40 What kind of advocacy do we need to improve the poor visibility of CM? Gunnar Kahlmeter

Stream II: Striving for a common European curriculum and exam in CM/ID

14:00 A common European curriculum and exam is possible. Branka Stirn Kranjc, Špela Štunf
14:20 The results of the mock CM/ID exam performed by TAE. Davorka Dušek
14:40 Curriculum content and delivery: The British experience. Nicholas John Beeching
15:00 Train the trainers. Nicholas John Beeching
15:20 The ID specialty in all EU counties: dream or reality? Jesus Rodriguez-Baño / Adriana Vince
15:40 Clinical Microbiology as part of Polyvalent Laboratory Medicine: an outdated concept. Hilpi Rautelin

  • Murat Akova, Ankara, Turkey
  • Petra Apfalter, Linz, Austria
  • Bruno Baršić, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Nicholas John Beeching, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Nur Benzonana, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bojana Beović, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Joana Cortez, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Davorka Dušek, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Paul Hunter, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Växjö, Sweden
  • Winfried V. Kern, Freiburg, Germany
  • Titia Kortbeek, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  • Truls Michael Leegaard, Lørenskog, Norway
  • Pier Luigi Lopalco, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Polona Maver Vodičar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Mario Mondelli, Pavia, Italy
  • Dan Otelea, Bucharest, Romania
  • José Artur Paiva, Porto, Portugal
  • Hilpi Rautelin, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Jesus Rodriguez-Baño, Seville, Spain
  • Gian Maria Rossolini, Florence, Siena, Italy
  • Katja Seme, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Chrysanthi Skevaki, Athens, Greece
  • Branka Stirn Kranjc, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Davor Štimac, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Špela Štunf, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Evelina Tacconelli, Tübingen, Germany
  • Sotirios Tsiodras, Athens, Greece
  • Jos Willem Maarten van der Meer, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Johan van Eldere, Leuven, Belgium
  • Adriana Vince, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Reinhard Zbinden, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Annelies Zinkernagel, Zurich, Switzerland
Scientific Secretariat

Prof. Mario Poljak
University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Medicine
Institute of Microbiology and Immunology
Phone +386 1 543 74 53
Fax +386 1 543 74 18

Dr. Karin Werner
ESCMID Executive Office
Gerbergasse 14 
4001 Basel
Phone +41 61 5080 157
Fax +41 61 5080 151

Administrative Secretariat
Congrex Switzerland
Peter Merian-Strasse 80
4002 Basel
Phone +41 61 686 77 77
Fax: +41 61 686 77 88