Scientific Committee

The ESCAIDE Scientific Committee is composed of external experts in the field of infectious disease prevention and control and representatives of ECDC. They contribute to the development of the scientific programme of the conference through the proposal, coordination and moderation of the plenary sessions, overseeing the abstract selection process and advising on programme outlines. They also serve as advocates for ESCAIDE within their countries and networks. Members are appointed by the ECDC Director for rolling three-year periods. Detailed information on the operation of the Scientific Committee can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Mike Catchpole

Chief Scientist at ECDC, Chair of ESCAIDE Scientific Committee, ECDC
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Mike is the Chief Scientist at ECDC. As Head of the Scientific Methods and Standards Unit, he is responsible for driving the scientific agenda and overseeing the quality of the scientific outputs of the Centre. Prior to joining ECDC in 2014, he was the Director of Public Health England’s national Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control. He is a medical doctor with over 20 years of experience working in infectious disease epidemiology at national and international levels and was chair of the EPIET Steering Committee for six years, prior to the oversight passing to ECDC. His main research interests have been in the fields of sexual health, major incident and disaster response, and medical information systems.

Bruno Coignard

Director, Infectious Diseases Division, Santé publique France

Medical epidemiologist specialised in the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), I work at Santé publique France (the French National Public Health Agency) in Paris, France since 2001. I first was involved in international activities (2001-2002) of our agency, then developed and coordinated from 2002 to 2013 HAI and AMR early warning and surveillance activities through the national Healthcare-Associated Infections Early Warning, Investigation and Surveillance Network (Raisin). I previously was trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer (EIS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA), Hospital Infections Program (1999-2001). My areas of work include the development, implementation and assessment of surveillance systems; early warning and outbreak investigation; management of collaborative surveillance programs; linkage with multiple partners at regional, national, European and international level; scientific expertise in relevant national and European bodies, including ECDC. From 2013 to 2016, I was Deputy Director of the Infectious Diseases Division of Santé publique France, particularly in charge of coordinating, at division level, alert and investigation activities (Chikungunya, Ebola, etc.), European/international affairs and our National Reference Laboratory (NRL) network. I now am Director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Santé publique France. I have authored/co-authored >90 publications in national/international peer-reviewed journals, >40 publications in the French Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin and 9 book chapters in the field of infectious diseases surveillance.

Vicky Lefevre

Head of Unit, Public Health Functions Unit, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Vicky Lefevre joined the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in April 2018, as Acting Head of Unit for Surveillance and Response Support. Since January 2020, she has taken up the position of Acting Head of the Public Health Functions Unit and as of 1 June 2020, Vicky has been appointed the Head of Unit Public Health Functions at ECDC. She is a veterinarian by training and started her career as policy officer with the Belgian Food Safety Agency in 2003, where she was responsible for the implementation of European and national legislation in the area of food safety. Since then, she has been professionally involved in food safety and public health from different angles. Between 2009 and 2012, she was a research programme officer with the European Commission, DG Research, responsible for the management of EU funded research projects in the area of public health, food safety and quality. In 2012, she returned to the Belgian Food Safety Agency as Director responsible for Control Policy in the area of Food Safety. She became the Director General responsible for Control Policy in the area of Plant Health, Animal Health and Food Safety in that same Agency in 2015.

Magdalena Rosińska

Researcher and Public Health Specialist, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH)

Dr Magdalena Rosińska, professor of the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH). She works for the Institute since 2002. In her role as a researcher and public health specialist, she has been studying epidemiology of blood-born and sexually transmitted infections, particularly HIV and HCV. She authored over 100 scientific publications in this field. She firstly graduated as Medical Doctor (2000) at the Medical University of Warsaw, then obtained a Master of Science in Biostatistics (2002) at the State University of New York at Albany, USA and a Master of Science in Mathematics (2003), at the University of Warsaw. She obtained her PhD in HIV epidemiology in 2008 and her Public Health Specialist Diploma in 2015 in the National Institute of Public in Warsaw.

Mircea Ioan Popa

Microbiology Professor, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Mircea Ioan Popa is Microbiology Professor at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, since 1991. He has been working in the Cantacuzino National Medico-Military Institute for Research and Development since 2018; however he has been working for Cantacuzino Institute since 1997. He successfully completed the Applied Epidemiology Introductory Course (CDC, Atlanta and Emory University, 1999) and the EPIET Introductory Course (2001). He was appointed as a member of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe (SCRC, 2000-2001). He coordinated the catch-up campaign to prevent measles and rubella (2.1 million people vaccinated, 1998-1999). Dr Popa initiated (2000) the PHARE Project (Strengthening of Communicable Diseases Surveillance on Laboratory Issues; Europe Aid/113121/D/SV/RO 0107.14), co-financed by the Romanian Ministry of Health. He worked with WHO EMRO in Afghanistan (2002-2003) and acted as the National Microbiology Focal Point in relation with ECDC (2007-2009), Director of Preventive Medicine Department (1997-1999), General Director for Public Health (1999-2001), and Co-Chair of the National Commission on Epidemiology (2005-2006), within the Romanian Ministry of Health. General Director of Cantacuzino Institute (2017-2018). He has been authored/co-authored more than 150 publications in national/international peer-reviewed journals and several chapters in national/international books. He obtained his PhD in 1998 and Master of Management in Social Services and Healthcare in 2001.

Petronille Bogaert

Head of Unit, EU Health Information Systems, Sciensano

Petronille Bogaert is head of unit EU health information systems at Sciensano, Belgium. Her work primarily focusses on European research projects in the area of population health information.  She is Principle Investigator of the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure for COVID-19 and is heavily involved in the Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) and other European projects such as HealthyCloud and BY-COVID. She is a graduate from a double European Master of Public Health. Additionally, she also holds a Bsc and Msc in Biomedical Sciences and is PhD candidate at Tilburg University specializing in European Health Information Systems. She is president of the EUPHA section on Public Health.

Adam Roth

Head of Fellowship Programme, Public Health Training, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Dr. Adam Roth is a medical doctor (M.D.) specialized in Clinical Bacteriology and Virology and an associate professor with a PhD in epidemiology.

He has several years of experience from running research and public health projects in low-, middle- and high income countries, as well as in developing epidemiology training in the Pacific Region.

Prior to joining ECDC as Head of Fellowship Programme, Adam headed the Unit for Vaccination Programmes at the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Stine Nielsen

Vice-president, EPIET Alumni Network (EAN)

Stine is the vice-president of the EPIET Alumni Network which brings together more than 600 European field epidemiologists and public health microbiologists. She has a MSc in public health sciences from Copenhagen University and a promotion (dr.rer.medic) from the Charité university in Berlin. She has worked mainly on HIV and viral hepatitis focusing mostly on increasing access to health and harm reduction services for people who use drugs. She worked at WHO/Europe (2004-2008) and the Robert Koch Institute (2008-2015). From 2015-2022 she was a home-based consultant in Madrid working for Epiconcept and others. Since August 2022, she is a senior epidemiologist in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Prevention at Statens Serum Institut (SSI) in Denmark. Stine is active on Twitter as @StineNielsenEPI.

John Kinsman

Expert Social and Behaviour Change, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

John Kinsman has conducted social and behaviour change research since 1996, including on the social determinants of health, health system strengthening, public health emergency preparedness, and the prevention and control of specific diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and poliomyelitis. He joined ECDC in 2019, working initially on promoting vaccination acceptance and the prevention of antibiotic resistance in the EU, but since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, his work has focused exclusively on the response. Projects have included addressing pandemic fatigue, supporting socially vulnerable populations, promoting COVID-19 vaccination, and countering online vaccination misinformation. John gained his PhD in medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 2008, and was Associate Professor in Global Health at Umeå University in Sweden from 2013 until he joined ECDC.

Luísa Peixe

Professor of Bacteriology, University of Porto

Luísa Peixe has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and doctorate in Microbiology. During her career as Professor of Bacteriology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto (FFUP), Portugal (1987- present) she has conducted research on antimicrobial resistance on different clinically relevant bacteria, with a One Health approach. This is done to understand the ecology, drivers and evolution of bacteria, as well as to help improve their detection and control. As the effectiveness of standard antimicrobial treatments in urinary tract infections has vastly diminished, her research team has been investigating the role of the urinary microbiome in urinary tract health and disease. Currently, she is Director of Department of Biological Sciences at FFUP and has published over 200 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She holds several positions in national and international institutions in connection with her expertise in clinical bacteriology and antimicrobial resistance. These include the Biological Hazards Panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Qualitative Presumption of Safety Working Group at EFSA and the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) Scientific Board.

Chikwe Ihekweazu

Assistant Director-General, Health Emergency Intelligence, WHO

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is the Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO) for Surveillance and Health Emergency Intelligence and leads the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, based in Berlin, Germany.

Previously, Dr Ihekweazu was the first Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which he led July 2016 - October 2021, building it from a small unit to a leading public health agency in Africa. He acted as Interim Director of the West Africa Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control through 2017.

Dr Ihekweazu trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 25 years’ experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in national public health institutes including NCDC, South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the UK's Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute. Dr Ihekweazu has led several short-term engagements for WHO, mainly building surveillance systems and responding to major infectious disease outbreaks. He was part of the first WHO COVID-19 international mission to China.

Dr Ihekweazu is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Health from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training and subsequently completed his Public Health specialisation in the UK. He has over one hundred publications in medical peer review journals, mostly focused on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Dr Ihekweazu is on the board of the NGOs: African Society of Laboratory Medicine, Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance, Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, Health Watch Foundation, Society for Family Health, Education as a Vaccine, and the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE. He was a TED Fellow and co-founded and delivered the TEDxEuston event from 2009 to 2019.