Programme Highlights


This year's ESPID Opening Plenary Symposium will be structured as an interactive panel discussion session. The session will be entitled "Shaping the Future of Antimicrobial and Vaccine Research and Development", which will be Chaired by Susan Watts, Science Writer and Head of Communications and Public Engagement at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre​ (Susan was also previously BBC News​night Science Editor). Our expert panel of discussants will include  Luis Jodar, Global Vice President and Head for Vaccines Medical Development and Medical/Scientific Affairs at a large pharmaceutical company; Sara Marshall, a senior academic/scientific leader within a major research funder; Helen Lambert, an expert in the field with a critically different perspective to most medical/bioscience researchers and clinicians and Bradford Gessner, a scientific director and chief epidemiologist at an international non-profit research agency working on vaccines in developing countries .​

Following brief introductions, the Chair will introduce and moderate a series of pre-selected questions from the audience to the panel. This session will explore the interfaces between the main players in vaccine and antimicrobial development, probe the rough areas between their motivations and drivers, their varied attitudes towards the issues they have to address (emerging antibiotic resistance, vaccine hesitancy and broader communications issues, publication of (all) clinical trial results, vested interests and public-private partnerships, consideration of indirect vaccine effects in the licensure process, etc.), focus on some of the specific needs and challenges around developing medicines and vaccines for children.

ESPID registered attendees will be sent details of how to submit questions to the panel in the weeks leading up to the meeting.

​​​MEET THE PROFESSOR SESSIONS covering a broad range of Paediatric Infectious Diseases​ topics, each chaired by senior experts in an interactive setting.

​INTERACTIVE CASE SESSION on clinical aspects of diagnosis and therapy of paediatric infectious diseases. Internationally recognised experts will prepare, present and discuss case reports of children with common or unusual infectious diseases.


Every year ESPID sponsors an educational workshop for 50 trainees at the Annual Meeting. The workshop is clinically oriented and interaction between trainees and faculty is strongly encouraged. The goals and obje​ctives are:

  • To discuss, in depth, management of infectious diseases in children
  • To provide tools to cope with problems in paediatric infectious diseases
  • To present updated knowledge on paediatric infectious disease problems
  • To conduct discussion​​s among participants on the management of ​problems
  • To provide guidelines for dealing with the problems under discussion​​

The workshop is by invitation only. For details and to apply, please visit​


The ESPID research Masterclass (ERMC) is a seminar type of forum for active paediatric infectious disease groups in Europe. The aims are:

  • T​o provide​ opportunities to young researchers to present their studies and discuss with other junior researchers, as well as with senio​r investigators from ESPID
  • ​To provide participants with a  broad overview of current research projects within ESPID
  • ​To ​​enhance opportunities for future collaboration between groups.

For more information on the selection criteria and application process, please visit

​BILL MARSHALL LECTURE & AWARD offered by ESPID to one of its senior members for their contributions to PID in general and to ESPID in particular.

​NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES including the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Words Reception, and the ESPID Networking D​inner​.

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