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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).

Aug 2014


2014 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2012), 5-7 November 2014, Stockholm, Sweden

Nov 2013


2013 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2013), 5-7 November 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

Oct 2012


2012 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2012), 24-26 October 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Nov 2011


2011 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2011), 6-8 November 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

Nov 2010


2010 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2010), 11-13 November 2010, Lisbon, Portugal

Oct 2009


2009 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2009), 26 - 28 October 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

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