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News & Activities

2021 Annual Report Published

The Annual Report showcasing the achievements of the previous year is now available to view. Be sure to check out the report to see what the Study Group was able to accomplish in 2021 as well as what they plan for the future.

ESGNI Executive Committee election results

The ESGNI Executive Committee elections have concluded and the following members have been elected for the term of 2021-2023:

  • Hilary Humphreys, Ireland (Treasurer)
  • Margreet Vos, Netherlands (Chair)
  • Elisabeth Presterl, Austria (Education Officer)
  • Joaquin Lopez-Contreras, Spain (Science Officer)
  • Walter Zingg, Switzerland (Secretary)

The new Executive Committee will take office during the ESGNI meeting at ECCMID this year.

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

You can find the full election report here

Current and recent research projects

J Hosp Infect 2022 Aug 6;128:92-95: Environmental sampling of innate hospital surfaces: a survey of current practices and the need for guidelines by A S van der Schoor 1, M Boyle 2, A F Voor In 't Holt 1, M C Vos 1, H Humphreys 3, ESCMID Study Group for Nosocomial Infections


Members of ESGNI have conducted a survey on current environmental survey practices that has recently being published (  A podcast discussing this paper can be found at: A survey has been carried out on current practices for environmental sampling in healthcare facilities.


Current activities in ESCMID guidelines

  1. Diagnosis and treatment of brain abscess (Hilary Humphreys).  These are in preparation and should be available in 2023.
  2. Rituals and Behaviour in the Operating Theatre, jointly with the Healthcare Infection Society (UK) and these are due for completion in late 2022/early 2023. (Hilary Humphreys and Margreet Vos)
  3. Update of the 2014 ESCMID guidelines for the management of the infection prevention & control measures to reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in hospitalized patients. Status: Reporting and peer review. (Margreet Vos)
  4. Antibiotic surgical prophylaxis regimens among patients colonised by MDR-GNB and MDR-GPB (Elisabeth Presterl) – public review

Recent and upcoming events

Federation of Infection Societies/Hospital Infection Societies (HIS) International conference 2022. With contributions by Hilary Humphreys (Chair HIS), Margreet Vos, Elisabeth Presterl. 22-26 September 2022,


ESCMID Online Education Course „ ESGNI Course on Healthcare-Associated Infections and their prevention”.  7-8 October 2022


ESCMID Online Education Course „COVID-19 collateral damage: impact on healthcare services in LMICs (Africa, Asia, South America)“  Organiser • ESCMID International Affairs Subcommittee – EIAS Other Organisers • EITaF, ESGNI, ESGAP, EUCIC, MJC IC UEMS, with contributions by Margreet Vos. 20-21 October 2022


ECCMID 2023 Copenhagen, Denmark 15-18 April 2023


ESGNI sessions proposals accepted


  1. Neonatal congenital infections; 2-hour Symposium
  2. Rapid and concise communication: the backbone of epidemic and infection prevention and control; Meet-the-Expert
  3. The future of infection prevention and control; 2-hour Symposium
  4. Protecting long-term care facilities residents from infection; 1-hour Symposium
  5. A primer on infection prevention and control; 2 hours educational workshop