Scientific Committee

The ESCAIDE Scientific Committee is appointed by the ECDC Director and operates according to 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.

Frode Forland

Specialist Director, Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Frode Forland is the Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He initiated and led the ‘Global Health Preparedness Program’ under the ‘Global Health Security Agenda’, supporting Malawi, Palestine, Moldova and Ghana in building capacity for health security and implementing the International Health Regulations. He has worked at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam to establish the ‘Collaboration for Evidence Based Healthcare in Africa’ and at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm with Development of methods for Evidence Based Public Health in Europe. Previously he was the Director of the Division for Primary Health Care at the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Department for Guidelines, Prioritization and Quality improvement. He has worked several years in Africa and was a Board Member of Guidelines International Network for four years. He is the Vice Chair of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research. Frode has a keen interest in Global Health, Public Health and Evidence Based Healthcare. By profession, he is a Medical Doctor with specialty degrees in General Practice and Public Health.

Susan Hahne

Head of Department, Early Warning and Surveillance, at the Centre for Epidemiology and Surveillance of infectious diseases, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Susan heads the department for Early Warning and Surveillance, at the Centre for Epidemiology and Surveillance of infectious diseases at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands. In addition, she is host-site supervisor for EPIET-fellows at RIVM. Susan trained as a health scientist and medical doctor in the Netherlands, and was an EPIET fellow in Wales, United Kingdom. She completed public health specialisation at the Faculty of Public Health in the United Kingdom, and a PhD on hepatitis B at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Susan’s research interests include methods for early warning, surveillance and the epidemiological evaluation of vaccination programmes.

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

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

Project Researcher and Head of Unit, EU Health Information Systems, Sciensano

Petronille Bogaert is project researcher and head of unit EU health information systems at Sciensano. Her work primarily focusses on European projects facilitating research in the area of population health information. This includes the coordination of the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure for COVID-19 and the Joint Action on Health Information (InfAct). She is also leading several activities in the Joint Action Towards the European Health Data Space (TEHDAS) and HealthyCloud. She holds a double Master degree in European Public Health and a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. She is also president of the EUPHA section on Public Health Monitoring and Reporting.

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 has submitted her doctorate in epidemiology to 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 has worked at WHO/Europe (2004-2008) and the Robert Koch Institute (2008-2015). Since 2015, she has been a home-based consultant in Madrid. In February 2021, she joined the Epiconcept team ( Stine is active on Twitter as @StineNielsenEPI.