What is BarCamp ESCAIDE?

The BarCamp @ ESCAIDE is a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

A participant-driven event where the audience defines the agenda based on what they want to discuss, the BarCamp offer opportunities to explain puzzling findings, overcome data challenges or simply explore new ideas.

If you are looking for a forum for raw ideas with a peer-to-peer spirit in a relaxed environment, don’t miss the BarCamp!

BarCamp: How does it work?

How does it work?

At the BarCamp, the participants create the agenda:

  • ESCAIDE participants can propose topics, volunteer to speak briefly about your ideas, puzzling findings, methodological hiccups, data challenges, etc. The most voted are included in the BarCamp agenda.
  • The voting closes on 18 November at 13.00 CET. Later that day, at 19.00 CET, you can join the BarCamp session. The content revolves around the most voted theme and it adapts to the attendees’ interests that day.
  • The setting is casual, and everyone meets in a virtual meeting room. The whole conversation is carried in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can contribute to the discussions.  

How to propose a topic?

  • You can propose a topic as soon as the conference platform (Swapcard) opens on 8 November. Look for the BarCamp page on ESCAIDE-Swapcard. 
  • Have a look at the other topics proposed to avoid duplications.
  • If your topic is one of the most voted, you will be invited to speak and encourage discussion around it during the BarCamp.


How to vote for a topic?

  • Go to BarCamp on Swapcard and vote in as many topics as you like.  


  • BarCamp ESCAIDE is organised as a live event on 18 November from 19.00 to 20.30 CET. You can join the event by clicking on the BarCamp tab and access the link displayed. 
  • The event is led by three moderators who will also select the topics that receive most votes. Everyone is welcome to join. If you wish to speak with camera and/or audio, raise your hand, otherwise just write your questions and comments in the chat. The moderators might invite you to take the floor and speak.

After the BarCamp

The BarCamp session is not recorded and won’t be available on-demand, but right after the session, the moderators will publish an edited chat protocol, with comments and contributions made during the session.                

Past BarCamp


BarCamp @ ESCAIDE 2018

The fully packed 2018 Barcamp covered burning topics prompting interesting debates:

  • Should a plant-based diet be prompted by governments and public health professionals to prevent zoonosis and combat climate change?
  • What should be done in public health versus what isn't due to political convenience?

BarCamp @ ESCAIDE 2017

The event gathered a large crowd, with a lively discussion ensuing on the evolving role of epidemiologists; the importance of field experience, interdisciplinary approach and soft skills. There was a call for more collaboration, communication and cooperation within and across different fields, especially with regards to epidemiology and microbiology.


BarCamp @ ESCAIDE 2016

Attendance above expectations this year as well with participants discussing in a relaxed atmosphere two topics:

  • Ebola: was ‘exporting epidemiologists’ a good investment and did it create sustainability?
  • The refugee crisis: prospects and the failings of the undefined obligation of the public health community.


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BarCamp @ ESCAIDE 2015

In 2015 the event's popularity grew, with double the number of attendees, compared to its first edition: 150 persons participated in BarCamp 2015.

The three topics vividly discussed among participants at ESCAIDE were 'Translating outbreak results into food regulation', 'Health risks and opportunities in the refugee crisis' and 'Explaining herd immunity'.

The event generated great discussion points in an energised and friendly environment. 



BarCamp @ ESCAIDE 2014

ESCAIDE 2014 hosted the first BarCamp event. The attendance exceeded expectations.

The three topics chosen by participants were ‘Fighting stigma in Europe after fighting Ebola in Africa’, ‘Binomial regressions RR vs. OR’ and ‘Introduction to modelling’.

These topics were vividly discussed over wine, beer and snacks among juniors, mid-career and senior professionals. The first topic generated heated discussions and a few opposing views. The second topic led to expert advice and statistical tips. The third topic was introduced with a creative demonstration using cups and colourful liquids. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive with suggestions for repeating this event in 2015.