ECDC opens ESCAIDE 2021 digital conference

Press release

Stockholm, 16/11/2021. Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is opening the 2021 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE). Organised by ECDC, the conference takes place between 16-19 November 2021 and is an entirely online event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key speakers include Peter Piot, Special Advisor on COVID-19 to the President of the European Commission, Vittoria Colizza, Head of Research of Sorbonne Université, Ellen t’Hoen, Medicines Law and Policy, and Kevin Fenton, former Director of the US Center for HIV/AIDS and current Public Health Regional Director for London.

ESCAIDE 2021 opens with a keynote plenary session on Communicating science and scientific uncertainty during a pandemic. On day two, speakers will discuss the contributions of real-time modelling during the COVID-19 pandemic and how digital health technologies can be used to transform public health.

The programme is based on the presentation of scientific abstracts. This year plenaries and sessions will focus on issues shaping infectious disease epidemiology & microbiology over the next decade and beyond. There will be a special focus on the latest research concerning major issues including COVID-19, food-and waterborne diseases, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, influenza and respiratory viruses. Sessions will also address antimicrobial resistance and emerging diseases.

On Thursday the 18 November, the morning sessions will be dedicated to the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Speakers will announce the latest data on antimicrobial consumption and resistance in the EU/EEA and will address the need for prudent antibiotic use, especially when most of the world’s focus lies on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closing plenary will address how the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionally impacted certain groups and how such healthcare inequalities can be addressed.

Over 1500 participants are expected to attend, including epidemiologists, veterinarians, microbiologists, clinicians, public health professionals, science journalists, statisticians, social scientists and policymakers.

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