With high-level expertise in the main specific disease areas as well as in some important generic determinants of infectious diseases, the Office of the Chief Scientist drives the scientific agenda of the ECDC, and oversees the quality of the scientific output of the Centre.
The Office works in three sections:
Disease Programmes: Comprising the Heads of the eight Disease Programmes: antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections; emerging and vector borne diseases; food- and waterborne diseases; HIV, sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis; influenza; tuberculosis; vaccine-preventable diseases; and Health Inequalities and Migrant Health. Leading the specific activities and projects linked to individual diseases or disease areas.
Scientific Advice Coordination: Developing, maintaining, and improving the quality, consistency and transparency of the Centre's scientific advice procedures and outputs; fostering information exchange between ECDC and European public health scientists/stakeholders on questions related to the scientific advice processes and research coordination; and develop and promote evidence-based methods and tools for public health, including burden of disease.
Microbiology Coordination: Striving to strenghten the capacity and capability of the EU public health microbiology system to provide timely and reliable information for infectious disease prevention and control at Member State and EU levels.
Additionally, responsibilities and resources for developing and maintaining an in-house programme to ascertain a high level of public health knowledge among the staff are based in this Office.
With a limited number of staff, the Office builds its activities on close cooperation with the other Units, and not least on extensive networks with other scientific institutions and experts in the EU and globally.