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The European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) has its roots in the EPIET Scientific Seminar, and since the first ESCAIDE in October 2007 in Stockholm, the EAN has contributed to both the logistical and scientific organisation of the conference.

The EAN President sits on the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee, and the EAN Board provides travel grants to colleagues from low- and middle-income countries, awards prizes for the best oral and poster presentations at the conference, and since 2012, has also run a highly popular "photo from the field" competition. EAN members act as moderators/chairs for oral and poster sessions, as judges for prizes, and innovate with ideas such as BarCamp@ESCAIDE. They volunteer their time, ideas and boundless enthusiasm to ensure that, year on year, all these activities are a success.

We all know how easy it is to lose touch, and the annual ESCAIDE also provides members with the welcome opportunity to catch up face to face with each other and to participate in the associative life of EAN. The EAN holds its annual General Assembly during ESCAIDE, to which all members and current fellows are invited. Decisions affecting the network are made here, including the introduction and voting in of the new EAN Board.

But, ESCAIDE is also a social event. As alumni, we look forward to ESCAIDE each year and to the EAN Drinks & Dinner social event, knowing that it provides a welcome chance to meet the new fellows and to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, developing and maintaining those strong links between the community of field epidemiologists and public health microbiologists to which we belong.

A little history:

  • In 1996, at the end of the second EPIET Introductory Course, the first EPIET Scientific Seminar was organised in the library of the Mérieux Foundation in Veyrier-du-Lac, France. There were 11 EPIET Scientific Seminars, from 1996 to 2006
  • In 2004, the EPIET Introductory Course and the Scientific Seminar moved to the Spanish Island of Menorca, hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Health at the historic Lazareto de Mahón
  • By 2005, with the foundation of ECDC and the move of EPIET to Stockholm, EAN proposed to the EPIET Steering Committee that a European Conference for Field Epidemiology be established to replace the EPIET Scientific Seminar. The idea for ESCAIDE was born [ref: EAN Newsletter, October 2010]
  • The first ESCAIDE was held in October 2007 in Stockholm. Between 2007-2012, hosting of the conference alternated between Stockholm and a city of an EU Member State or EEA (Berlin, 2008; Lisbon, 2010; Edinburgh, 2012), returning to Stockholm from 2013-2017. From 2018, ESCAIDE will start alternating again between Stockholm and another city of an EU/EEA Member State
  • In 2010, the sitting and former EAN Presidents and the EAN Board joined forces to organise the awarding of the 'EAN President's Prize' for the best Oral and best Poster presentations at ESCAIDE; in that first year, the prize was voted on by all participants at the conference [ref: EAN Newsletter December 2010]
  • The EAN "Photo from the field" contest was first held at ESCAIDE 2012 and was an idea of EAN member Saverio Caini (EPIET Cohort 16/2010)
  • The first BarCamp@ESCAIDE took place at ESCAIDE 2014 and was an initiative of EAN member Florian Burckhardt (EPIET/PAE Cohort 12/2006)
  • The EAN held its first lunchtime General Assembly at ESCAIDE 2016
  • The first Career Compass event was held at ESCAIDE 2017. It was a joint initiative of  EPIET/EUPHEM Cohort representatives and the EAN. The inaugural speakers panel comprised of: Annick Lenglet, Médecins Sans Frontières (EPIET cohort 10/2004); Henriette (Jet) de Valk, Santé Publique France (EPIET cohort 2/1996); Steffen Glismann, GSK; Margarita Riera, P95 (EPIET cohort 14/2008); and Karen Wilson, Eurosurveillance. The moderators were Amrish Baidjoe (EUPHEM Cohort 2015) and Alastair Donachie (Cohort 2016).

Oct 2018

Career compass @ ESCAIDE 2018

The 2018 Career Compass is an open Q&A session about the different career paths of five established public health professionals. This event provides the ideal platform to help junior public health professionals connect with senior professionals and discover future career opportunities. It is organised...

Sep 2018

EAN judge panel for ESCAIDE 2018

Become a judge for the EAN Best oral Prize @ESCAIDE 2018 Dear EAN members, ESCAIDE 2018 is approaching and this is the exactly the time when EAN needs you!!!! We are looking for people from the EPIET Alumni Network that will be attending ESCAIDE...

Sep 2018

Enter the EAN photo contest @ ESCAIDE 2018

As in the previous years, EAN, in collaboration with ECDC, is organizing a photo contest open to all conference attendees. Therefore, if during your adventurous life as epidemiologist/microbiologist/public health expert: you came across a situation, a landscape, a character, an unusual and memorable “something”...

Sep 2018

ESCAIDE 2018, Saint Julian’s, Malta, 21-23 November 2018

ESCAIDE 2018 will take place at Hilton Malta Hotel in Saint Julian’s, Malta from 21 to 23 November 2018. This year the keynote address will be "Vector-borne diseases" The Plenary sessions will include: Antimicrobial resistance & healthcare-associated infections, Genomic sequencing & ethics, microbiome studies, Metagenomics & infectious diseases: the promised land,...

Nov 2016

Dear Colleagues and Friends, This year the European Scientific Conference in Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) will be held in Stockholm from 28th - 30th November 2016. The EPIET Alumni Network (EAN), in collaboration with ECDC, is organizing the fifth edition of the photo...

Nov 2016

EAN judge panel for ESCAIDE 2016

Become a judge for the EAN Best oral Prize @ESCAIDE 2016 Dear EAN members,   ESCAIDE 2016 is approaching and this is the exactly the time where EAN needs you!!!!   We are looking for people from the EPIET Alumni Network that will be...

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