Profession & Career

ESCMID Panorama

Why become a TAE Steering Committee Member?


Aleksandra Barać, TAE President

“Being a TAE member can be summed up in a few words: a fantastic and ever-stimulating journey lasting three years. Once you became a TAE Steering Committee member, you became an active part of a group of people committed to help other colleagues.

TAE SC members are involved in a entire list activities during three years: as an example, organization of TAE day, some scientific sessions at ECCMID, Postgraduate courses, ESCMID Summer School, conduction of trainee surveys, writing joint manuscript, collaborate with trainees from other societies (e.g. ASM, IFMSA, ERS), the participation in several committees, support ESCMID in YSM-related activities, publish the TAE Newsletter, promote the best published papers as a part of TAE Thematic Week.... TAE SC contains of people who are in clinical training for ID, CM or both ID/CM, with different responsibilities within TAE SC (president, secretary, treasurer, public relation officer, education officer, network officer, scientific affairs officer…). Of course, on a personal level, being a TAE SC member is more than a list of task and activities. It is a growth path to improve ourselves, to broaden the horizons; this experience is a constant nudge to acquire new interpersonal skills, to establish international contacts, including renowned professors and passionate medical students, besides a lot of trainees and young specialists.”

Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end. So, this year three of our TAE SC members should leave due to finishing their terms, and we are looking for new candidates. Don’t miss the opportunity to become part of our team!”


David Ong, former TAE President

“It is a great experience to meet and collaborate with many new colleagues all over the world. I am honoured to represent the interests of more than 2500 trainees, PhD students and other young professionals on different platforms at an international stage. I recommend everyone who is prepared to work hard, who can collaborate in a team and is willing to overcome cultural barriers, and who would like to contribute to the improvement of training in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases to become active within TAE. ESCMID offers many opportunities for younger professionals to get involved. Finally, you will unwittingly end up with everlasting friendships and an extensive professional international network. Therefore, don’t miss these opportunities!”


Cansu Cimen, TAE Treasurer

“Over the last three years I have worked with a dynamic, innovative and hardworking team. I didn’t only experience to be a part of harmonious team, it also led to strong international friendships. As the ESCMID Executive Committee attaches importance to young scientist members of the society, they give all possible support and plenty of opportunities to TAE members. Therefore, being a TAE SC member also means that you can have an active role during ECCMID or the annual Summer School, in several study groups or postgraduate educational courses.

I recommend any trainee who wants to start her/his promising professional life in the field of Infectious diseases and Clinical Microbiology to be a TAE SC member. This position gives you the opportunity to realize yourself and to develop your potential at an early point in your career!”