ESCAIDE Programme 2023


ESCAIDE 2023 will take place 22-24 November as a hybrid event in Barcelona and online. All programme information will be announced on this page.  

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Programme and Abstract Book

ESCAIDE 2023 programme

View the programme for ESCAIDE 2023, including the plenary sessions, side events and abstract presentations.

ESCAIDE 2023 Abstract book

This abstract book contains the complete conference programme and all abstracts that are presented at ESCAIDE 2023.

Plenary sessions and speakers

Plenaries at ESCAIDE 2023

Plenaries provide an opportunity to discuss public health challenges and scientific advances, with high level speakers from cross-cutting fields.

Side events

Side events at ESCAIDE 2023

Side events are organised by other organisations and include debates, showcases of work and networking and career development opportunities.

How will ESCAIDE work as a hybrid event?

Attending ESCAIDE

Information about attending ESCAIDE 2023, online or in-person, and how it will work as a hybrid event will be published here.

Day 1, Wednesday 22 November

CET time zoneDAY 1 (22 November)
08.00-09.00Registration and welcome coffee 
09.00-09.15Opening ceremony

Plenary session A

Broadening the horizon: Revisiting the concept of ‘prevention’ for communicable diseases 

Chaired by by the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee members: John Kinsman (ECDC) and Petronille Bogaert (European Commission)

Speakers: Kateřina Šédová (Loono, Czech Republic), Emilie Karafillakis (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Hanna Tolonen (THL, Finland)

10.45-11.15Coffee break

Fireside session 1

Surveillance in action: 
strategies, challenges, and innovations

Fireside session 2

COVID-19 Vaccination: Assessing effectiveness

12.45-14.00Lunch break

12.30–13.00 Refresh and recharge session: Follow the science: follow the song

Georgia Ladbury (UKHSA)

12.50-13.50 Side session 1:  Career Compass

Moderated by Alma Tostmann (Radboud University) and Jane Whelan

Speakers: Michael Edelstein (Bar-ilan University, Israel), Nadine Zeitlmann (RKI, Germany), Patrick Keating (MSF), Sabine Dittrich (Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany), Giovanna Jaramillo Gutierrez (Milan and Associates, Spain)


Fireside session 3

Threats and outbreaks of food and water borne diseases

Fireside session 4
Sexually and community acquired infections, including HIV 
15.45-16.30Poster tour 1 | Poster tour 2 | 
Poster tour 3 | Poster tour 4 | 
Poster tour 5 | Poster tour 6 | 
Poster tour 7 | Poster tour 8

15.30-16.30 Side session 2: Social Sciences Session: The history of infectious disease pandemics in Europe: what are the lessons for prevention and control measures

Moderated by John Kinsman (ECDC) in lieu of John Paget

Speakers: Donatella Lippi (University of Florence), Peter Spreeuwenberg (NIVEL), Lone Simonsen (Roskilde University), Jon Bilbatua (ECDC)

16.30-17.00Coffee break

Plenary session B 

Digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence

Chaired by the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee members: Mike Catchpole (ECDC) and Chikwe Ihekweazu (WHO)

Keynote speakers: John Brownstein (Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, USA), Joanna Goodey (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

18.15-18.30Daily wrap-up
18.30-20.00Networking cocktail
NOTESThis is a provisional programme and sessions may change. The final programme will be published closer to the conference dates.

Day 2, Thursday 23 November

CET time zoneDAY 2 (23 November)
08.30-09.00Registration and welcome coffee

Plenary session C

Wastewater surveillance: a magic bullet or just one piece of the puzzle?

Chaired by the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee members: Jacobo Mendioroz (Public Health Agency of Catalonia,
Spain) and Henriette de Valk (Santé Publique France)

Speakers: Paul Griffiths (EMCDDA), Marta Vargha (National Center for Public Health and Pharmacy, Hungary) 
and Marion Koopmans (Erasmus MC, Netherlands)

10.30-11.00Coffee break

Fireside session 5

Disease Surveillance: trends, outcomes and patterns

Fireside session 6

Health promotion and disease prevention

12.30-14.30Lunch break12.30–14.00 Refresh and recharge session
12.35–13.35 Side session 3: New initiatives on integrated surveillance under the European Health Union and the SCBTH regulation
12.30–13.45 EAN General Assembly (closed event)

Eurosurveillance Seminar

Changing urban environments and impact on infectious diseases epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control

Moderated by: Henriette de Valk (Santé Publique France)

Speakers: Gerjon Ikink (ECDC), Florence Fournet (Institute for Research for Development, Montpellier, France)

Fireside session 7

Respiratory infections





15.30-16.15Poster tour 9 | Poster tour 10 |
Poster tour 11 | Poster tour 12 | 
Poster tour 13 | Poster tour 14 | 
Poster tour 15 | Poster tour 16

15.30–16.30 Side session 4: Risk communication, community engagement and infodemic management (RCCE-IM) can save lives: success stories

Moderated by Cristiana Salvi (WHO Regional Office for Europe) and Laura Woodward (UK Health Security Agency)

Speakers: Richard Amlôt (UK Health Security Agency), Dilek Aslan Hacettepe University, Turkey), Audra Diers-Lawson (Kristiania  University College, Norway), Aizhana Dzhumalieva (American  University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan), Rui Gaspar (Catholic University of Portugal), Fatjona Kamberi (University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali", Albania)

16.15-16.45Coffee break

Plenary session D

One Health: Tackling global health challenges together

Chaired by the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee members: Mircea Ioan
Popa (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania), and Ágnes Hajdu (National Center for Public Health and Pharmacy, Hungary), and Carmen Varela Santos (ECDC)

Speakers: Greg Martin (Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland), Karen Saylors (Labyrinth Global Health, USA), Stef Bronzwaer (EFSA), Sandra Gallina (European Commission)

18.15-18.30Daily wrap-up
NOTESThis is a provisional programme and sessions may change. The final programme will be published closer to the conference dates.

Day 3, Friday 24 November

CET time zoneDAY 3 (24 November)
08.30-09.00Welcome coffee

Plenary session E

Post-pandemic Public Health workforce

Chaired by the the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee members: Stine Nielsen (EPIET Alumni Network) and Adam Roth (ECDC)

Speakers: Lucy Easthope (Durham University, UK), Katarzyna Czabanowska (Maastricht University, the Netherlands), Giorgio Grossi (Karolinska Insitutet, Sweden)

10.30-11.00Coffee break

Fireside session 8

Healthcare-associated infections

Fireside session 9

Global health

12.30-13.45Lunch break

12.30–13.00 Refresh and recharge session: Follow the science: follow the song

Georgia Ladbury (UKHSA)

12.35–13.35 Side session 5: #OutbreakAlert An unknown disease has been reported in…”: technological advances taking us from local headlines to public health intelligence

Moderated by Vicky Lefevre (ECDC) and Philip Abdelmalik (WHO Health Emergencies Programme)

Speakers: Luigi Spagnolo (JRC, EC), Gianfranco Spiteri (ECDC), Mercy Kyeng (Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)

12.45–15.00 Side session 6: Escape room

Fireside session 10

Modelling, biostatistics, and  health informatics

Fireside session 11

Late breakers


15.30-16.15Poster tour 17 | Poster tour 18 | 
Poster tour 19 | Poster tour 20 | 
Poster tour 21 | Poster tour 22 |
Poster tour 23 | Poster tour 24

Side session 7: Preparedness session: Are we “PRET” for the next pandemic?

Moderated by Hannah Lewis (Global Influenza Program, WHO)

Speakers: Gina Samaan (Pandemic Preparedness Global Platforms, WHO), Isabel Bergeri (Global Influenza Program, WHO)

16.15-16.30Final wrap-up
16.30-16.45Closing ceremony and awards
NOTESThis is a provisional programme and sessions may change. The final programme will be published closer to the conference dates. 
Page last updated 29 Sep 2023