Observership programme

The ECDC Observership programme offers early- and mid-career scientists and health professionals the opportunity to visit ECDC in Stockholm and learn about the activities of the Centre, share their knowledge and experiences and engage with other observers and ECDC experts.

The programme typically occurs over 5 days in early September. The programme began in 2013 and over 130 observers from all corners of the world have attended the programme. The program is made possible through the invaluable support of partner learned societies who provide funding and support for the observership visits, including overseeing the application and selection process. 

The main objectives of the ECDC Observership programme are:

  • To understand ECDC’s role and responsibilities in supporting European and global public health in the field of communicable diseases;
  • To understand the interplay between ECDC and competent bodies in the EU Member States, and WHO and other global public health actors;
  • To acquaint observers with public health microbiology, surveillance, scientific advice and epidemic intelligence at the EU level;
  • To share information on ECDC’s activities and key outputs and the way they are produced (e.g. risk assessments, scientific advice, support to laboratory network activities) and;
  • To facilitate networking between ECDC experts and the observers.

More information on previous observership visits is available from the ESCMID and ESCV websites.

Call for expression of interest from European learned societies and professional associations to participate in the ECDC Observership programme

Background

Since 2013 in early September, ECDC has organised a week-long orientation programme for observers that are members from European learned societies and professional associations.

The ECDC Observership programme offers to a maximum of 30 scientists and health professionals, in their early- and mid-career scientists and health professionals the opportunity to visit ECDC headquarters and learn about the activities of the Centre, to share knowledge and experiences.

The priority for the observership participation is given to scientists and health professionals from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and the EU enlargement countries as well as European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) partners. At least 90% of participants should come from these countries.

Since it started, over 130 observers from the Europe and around the world attended the programme. Their professional profiles ranged from public health expert, epidemiologist, microbiologist, laboratory technician, bioinformatician, quality assurance expert to infectious disease control specialist.

Purpose of the call

The purpose of this call is to provide equal opportunities to European learned societies and professional associations to express their interest to participate in the ECDC observership by sponsoring their members.

Procedure

All interested parties shall express their interest by submitting an application to ECDC. ECDC will review all expressions of interest and evaluate them against the eligibility criteria listed below.

The eligible applicants will be informed and registered on the list of interested parties for a duration of 4 years as from the publication of this call for expression of interests, i.e. January 2024.

Every year, ECDC will select different partners from the list of eligible applicants in order to obtain a balance of interests, expertise, geography and gender and depending on the number of eligible applicants on the basis of a rotation mechanism. Previous participation will be taken in account in the rotation mechanism. The successful applicants will be notified in March every year and asked to provide a list of participants. Each selected partner for the said year will be asked to provide an equal number of participants.

ECDC reserves the right not to host the observership depending of relevant circumstances.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria will apply. The learned societies and professional associations should:

  1. Be a public or non-commercial, non-profit organisation;
  2. Operate in the remit of ECDC’s work and in the field of health (e.g., public health, clinical microbiology, virology and parasitology, clinical research, infection prevention and control etc);
  3. Be a European umbrella entity;
  4. Be located in the EU/EEA, the EU enlargement countries as well as European Neighbourhood policy partners;
  5. Have a continuous professional development programme or initiative for their members;
  6. Can oversee the application and selection process of the observers (NB: ECDC keeps the right to review the final list of participants);
  7. Can provide full funding to support the observers visits (i.e., travel, accommodation and living costs for five days in Stockholm);
  8. Can oversee the funding and reimbursement process.

Apply

Please express your interest by filling the expression of interest form and emailing it to css@ecdc.europa.eu and Barbara.albiger@ecdc.europa.eu

Subject line: ECDC observership call for interest: Application

Please address your questions to css@ecdc.europa.eu and Barbara.albiger@ecdc.europa.eu

The application should be written in English and include:

  • A completed application form;
  • A completed eligibility form;
  • A detailed description (up to 5 pages) of the scope and mission of the organisation, the area of work, the activities supporting career development and the funding opportunities for members to participate in continuous professional programme or other training programme;
  • Any evidence supporting the application.

ECDC will review all expressions of interest, evaluate them against the eligibility criteria listed above and select the learned and professional societies who met these criteria. A successful applicant will be notified within 20 working days of the deadline.

Deadline: 7 January 2020, 23:59 CE

Page last updated 15 Nov 2019