ESCMID Areas of Scientific Focus

All ESCMID scientific activities are overseen by the members of the Scientific Affairs Subcommittee (SAS), whereby each of the nine members is responsible for one of our four Sections and five Themes.


ESCMID Sections
Bacteria & Bacterial Diseases
Fungi & Fungal Diseases
Parasites & Parasitic Diseases
Viruses & Viral Diseases
Pathogenesis & Immunology
Epidemiology, Vaccinology & Public Health
Clinics & Therapeutics
Antimicrobial Resistance & Susceptibility Testing


ESCMID Study Groups

ESCMID supports a wide variety of Study Groups (SGs) engaged in advancing scientific knowledge, disseminating professional guidelines and organising educational events in the various fields encompassed by clinical microbiology, infectious diseases and infection prevention. Any ESCMID member can join any number of SGs regardless of experience level or position, all that is needed to join is an active ESCMID membership and an interest in the topic of the Study Group.


Join an ESCMID Study Group


ESCMID SGs exist to support members in the specific fields of interest by organising a number of different types of activities that promote professional development, scientific advances and networking opportunities. ESCMID offers support for these kinds of activities in the form of funding or promotion such as the Study Group Research Grant programme. You can see the SG Standard Operating Procedure for the full details. The SGs are overseen and annually evaluated by the Scientific Affairs Subcommittee. The table below lists all current SGs and from there you can go to the individual SG websites directly.


FieldAcronymFull Name
Anaerobic InfectionsESGAIESCMID Study Group for Anaerobic Infections
Antimicrobial StewardshiPESGAPESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial stewardshiP
BiofilmsESGBESCMID Study Group for Biofilms
Bloodstream Infections, Endocarditis & SepsisESGBIESESCMID Study Group for Bloodstream Infections, Endocarditis and Sepsis
Brain InfectionsESGIBESCMID Study Group for Infectious Diseases of the Brain
Clinical ParasitologyESGCPESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology
Clostridioides difficileESGCDESCMID Study Group for Clostridioides difficile
Critically Ill PatientsESGCIPESCMID Study Group for Critically Ill Patients
Elderly InfectionsESGIEESCMID Study Group for Infections in the Elderly
Epidemiological MarkersESGEMESCMID Study Group for Epidemiological Markers
Food/Water InfectionsEFWISGESCMID Food- and Water-borne Infections Study Group
Forensic/Postmortem MicrobioESGFORESCMID Study Group for Forensic and Postmortem Microbiology
Fungal InfectionEFISGESCMID Fungal Infection Study Group
Genomic & Molecular DiagnosticsESGMDESCMID Study Group for Genomic and Molecular Diagnostics
Host and microbiota interactionESGHAMIESCMID Study Group for Host and Microbiota Interaction
Immunocompromised HostsESGICHESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts
Implant InfectionsESGIAIESCMID Study Group for Implant-associated Infections
LegionellaInfectionsESGLIESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections
Lyme BorreliosisESGBORESCMID Study Group for Lyme Borreliosis
Mycobacterial InfectionsESGMYCESCMID Study Group for Mycobacterial Infections
Mycoplasma & Chlamydia InfectionsESGMACESCMID Study Group for Mycoplasma and Chlamydia Infections
Non-traditional Antibacterial TherapiesESGNTAESCMID Study Group for Non-traditional Antibacterial Therapy
Nosocomial InfectionsESGNIESCMID Study Group for Nosocomial Infections
PK/PD fo Anti-InfectivesEPASGESCMID PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group
Public Health MicrobiologyESGPHMESCMID Study Group for Public Health Microbiology
Resistance SurveillanceESGARSESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance
Respiratory VirusesESGREVESCMID Study Group for Respiratory Viruses
StaphylococciESGSESCMID Study Group for Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Diseases
Travel & MigrationESGITMESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants
VaccinesEVASGESCMID Vaccine Study Group
Veterinary MicrobiologyESGVMESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology
Viral HepatitisESGVHESCMID Study Group for Viral Hepatitis



Past ESCMID Study Groups

Over time, some ESCMID Study Groups disassembled, moved to be independent groups, slightly changed or enlarged their field of action or merged with other groups. Here you can find some historical overview over these past ESCMID Study Groups (ordered alphabetically by acronym).


AcronymFull TitleStart - End DateReason for Discontinuation
EHSGEuropean Helicobacter Study Group1987-2015Group continues as EHMSG outside of, but in collaboration with ESCMID
EMESGESCMID Meningitis Study Group2007-2013Merged with other group to become ESGIB
ENSEIEuropean Network for the Study of Experimental Infections1991-2002Group closed
ESCAR (EUWOG)ESCMID Study Group for Coxiella, Anaplasma, Rickettsia and Bartonella 1989-2014Group continues as ESCCAR outside of, but in collaboration with ESCMID
ESGABEuropean Study Group on Antibiotic Breakpoints1988-1997Became EUCAST
ESGAR (ISGAR, ISGAR-ESCM)European Study Group on Antibiotic Resistance1986-1989Group closed
ESGARABESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance in Anaerobic Bacteria1999-2010Widened scope to become ESGAI
ESGCI (ESGBE)European Study Group on Cardiovascular Infections1995-2004Group closed
ESGHIESCMID Study Group for Hospital Infection1990-1997Became ESGNI
ESGTESCMID Study Group on Toxoplasmosis2003-2007Widened scope to become ESGCP
ESPRITESCMID Study Group for Primary Care Topics2005-2010Group closed
EWPICPEuropean Working Party on Infections in Cancer Patients1995-1999Group closed