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News & Activities

Have a look at the latest news on ESGLI's activities!

The meeting minutes of the ESGLI Committee meeting in Madrid on April 24th are now available.

The annual agenda and the meeting minutes of the 9th ESGLI Business meeting at ECCMID can be found here.  

The 5th meeting of the ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) will be held in Lyon, France. The ESGLI meetings named until 2011 'European Working Group for Legionella Infections' (EWGLI) have been organized every year all over the Europe since 1986. This conference is a valuable and unique opportunity to meet other members of the community of European experts on Legionella.

The ESGLI 2018 conference will cover a wide range of topics related to Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease from basic microbial genetics and pathogenesis to applied aspects of detection, control and management. The goal of the meeting is to bring together researchers and professionals with more applied issues. The conference will present the latest scientific developments and knowledge about epidemiology and surveillance; clinical aspects and diagnosis; Host - Microbe interactions; Microbe - Environment interactions; outbreaks and case reports; genetics and genomics; prevention and control strategies.
Abstract deadline: 6 May 2018

For more information please visit the conference website.

The newsletter summarizes important dates and activities.

Here is the new ESGLI Executive Committee:

  • Valeria Gaia, Switzerland (Chairperson)
  • Vicki Chalker, United Kingdom (Secretary)
  • Sophie Jarraud, France (Treasurer)
  • Jacob Moran-Gilad, Israel (Elected Board Member)
  • Maria Luisa Ricci, Italy (Elected Board Member)
  • Soren Uldum, Denmark (Elected Board Member)

We welcome Vicki and are looking forward to continuing our work with you.

28 November 2017

News from the ESGLI Meeting 2017

The eighth ESGLI Meeting took place in Rome on 29 September 2017.

ESGLI Meeting Agenda

ESGLI Meeting Minutes

Group picture (high resolution)

On the ECDC website you can find this document, which is a revision of the "European Guidelines for Control and Prevention of Travel Associated Legionnaires' Disease" issued in 2011.

Direct link

16 February 2017

ESGLI recommmends: upcoming conference "Keeping healthcare water safe: including updates on guidance and its implementation", London, 15 March 2017 & free webinars

The UK Royal Society for Public Health organizes this one-day seminar, in collaboration with Public Health England. It covers topics which are still proving a challenge for estates managers, infection prevention and control teams, and microbiologists. The day includes updates by the speakers involved in the development of new guidance including hot and cold water systems; decontamination; endoscopy; hydrotherapy pools; birthing pools; other sources of contamination.

Conference website

They are also running a series of free webinars; you can register for the latest two via the links below:

  • Webinar: Climate change: worldwide global effect on water quality
  • Webinar: Legionella disease 40 years on: novel findings and important knowledge gaps

Membership and Marketing Assistant
Royal Society for Public Health

14 October 2015

News from the ESGLI Business Meeting 2015

The fifth ESGLI Business Meeting took place in London on 16 September 2015.

ESGLI Meeting Agenda

ESGLI Meeting Minutes

After the elections by the end of summer, the newly elected ESGLI Executive Committee consists of

  • Valeria Gaia, Switzerland (Chairperson)
  • Soren Uldum, Denmark (Secretary)
  • Sophie Jarraud, France (Treasurer)
  • Jeroen den Boer, Netherlands (EC member, epidemiology)
  • Maria Luisa Ricci, Italy (EC member, environmental & ELDSNet)
  • Jacob Moran-Gilad, Israel (EC member, microbiology & NGS)


We thank all ESGLI members for their voting and the previous Executive Committee for their excellent work over the last years. We are looking forward to continuing this work.

Your new Executive Committee

Dr Maria Luisa Ricci wins 2014 ESGLI research price

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Maria Luisa Ricci is the winner of the 2014 ESGLI price for best research proposal.

Her proposal "Microbiome analysis of drinking water systems: evaluation of new approaches for prevention and control of LD", was chosen by an international jury of ESGLI members from all professions: medical microbiology, epidemiology, and environmental health.

Dr. Ricci has been invited to share her project with us on the next ESGLI meeting in London in September this year.

Congratulations from us!

ESGLI Executive Committee

News from the ESGLI Business Meeting 2014

The third ESGLI Business Meeting took place in Barcelona on 19 September 2014.

ESGLI Meeting Agenda

ESGLI Meeting Minutes

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013 Jun 25. doi: 10.1111/1469-0691.12311.

Wewalka G, Schmid D, Harrison TG, Uldum SA, Lück C; the European Society of Clinical Microbiology Infectious Diseases Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI).

Planned Activities

  • Meetings: It is the plan to organise annual scientific meetings; these meetings will take place in the same period and at the same venue as the yearly European Legionnaires Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) meetings. The latter are organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In 2013, there will however not be a scientific ESGLI meeting as the 8th International Legionella meeting will be held in Melbourne, Australia (see announcement in the right column). An ESGLI business meeting will be held during the 23rd ECCMID in Berlin in 2013.
  • A collaborative study on the evaluation of a 3-plex qPCR for specific detection of Legionella pneumophila and L. pneumophila serogroupe 1 in clinical and environmental samples has been initiated.
  • A project for establishing better databases for identification of legionellae by MALDI-TOF MS will be undertaken.
  • A group of collaborators will revise and update the ESGLI/EWGLI Technical Guidelines for Control and Prevention of Travel Associated Legionnaires´ Disease.
  • A study on the quality of newer urinary antigen assays for detection of Legionella pneumophila antigen will be undertaken and published.
  • For more see the minutes for the General Assembly in Dresden, 6-7 September 2012 (below).

News from the ESGLI General Assembly 2012

ESGLI Meeting Dresden 2012

The first ESGLI General Assembly was held during the ESGLI meeting in Dresden, Germany, from 5 to 7 September 2012.


During the General Assembly on Thursday, 6 September, members voted for the ESGLI Executive Committee (EC). It was also possible to vote by mail (letter). The members had to elect six members for the EC. A Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer were elected among the members of the EC by the EC.

It was possible to vote among 10 candidates.

At the time for the voting, 127 persons had registered as members. Twenty-four voted by mail and 54 voted at the meeting, altogether 78 votes were received.

The following members were elected for the EC, in alphabetic order of country

  • Søren Uldum, Secretary & contact person to ELDSNet, Denmark
  • Christian Lück, Treasurer & contact person to the industry, Germany
  • Carmen Pelaz, Contact person for epidemiological projects, Spain
  • Valeria Gaia, Contact person for clinical microbiology and typing projects, Switzerland
  • Jeroen den Boer, Chairperson, The Netherlands
  • Susanne Surman-Lee, Contact person for environmental projects, United Kingdom

ESGLI Executive Committee

To become a regular member of ESGLI, the application form for the ESGLI membership (see box in right column) should be completed and sent to .

With kind regards
Søren Uldum, ESGLI secretary

New ESCMID Study Group

ESGLI is a newly formed ESCMID Study Group, which has started its activities in the field of Legionella infections. The constitutional meeting will be held at ECCMID 2012 in London, UK, Tuesday, 3 April, 11.00-14.00, Meeting Room 13/14.

Meeting agenda

The kick-off meeting to discuss future activities is scheduled for September 2012 in Dresden, DE.

Historically, ESGLI is a continuation of the highly active EWGLI group (European Working Group for Legionella Infections) with continuous support from ESCMID.

Objectives of ESGLI


EWGLI website

Download the application form here and then click on "apply" above.

Download the latest Annual Report.