The European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) will be organised as a completely online event from 16 to 19 November 2021.
With preparations for the conference well underway; here are some details you need to know about this year's event:
1. Going online (for the second time)
In 2021, ESCAIDE will go online again. A digital experience that will take place from 16 to 19 November, and which will include keynotes, plenary sessions, abstract presentations, side events, and networking activities that are always part of the conference.
The planning assumption for 2021 was to hold ESCAIDE in Warsaw Poland, from 27 to 29 October. However, the possibility of the complete relaxation of restrictive measures within a time-scale that would allow the organisers to arrange the conference in its original format is unlikely.
With this in mind, and with great regret, it has been decided that it is no longer possible to hold ESCAIDE as a physical event in Warsaw in 2021, and the team is now planning to hold the conference as a virtual event instead.
A virtual ESCAIDE will be more accessible to a broader audience, and the programme will bring back plenary sessions, abstract presentations in different formats (pre-recorded, moderated live Q&A sessions, poster presentations), as well as a wide range of side events.
2. ESCAIDE 2021 call for abstracts
The standard call for abstracts for ESCAIDE 2021 closed on 19 May, and the call for submission of late breakers closed on 20 September. During this time, we welcomed abstracts in all areas related to infectious disease prevention and control, including epidemiology, public health microbiology, surveillance, and the application of tools and methods to support infectious disease outbreaks or interventions.
3. ESCAIDE 2021 abstract review process
To assess the quality and public health relevance of each abstract submitted, an abstract peer review process took place from 21 May to 3 June. This is a fundamental step in ensuring the scientific quality and rigour of the work presented at the conference, and is made possible through the willingness of the many reviewers who guide abstract selection, and the ESCAIDE scientific committee who oversee the scientific programme as a whole.
4. ESCAIDE 2021 registration
Registration for ESCAIDE is offered free of charge for all participants who connect to the online platform. By making content available online, we hope ESCAIDE can reach new audiences, while ensuring that the programme remains as stimulating and informative as ever.
Join us from 16 to 19 November to discuss current issues facing infectious disease prevention and control, hear the latest high-quality research in the field and meet fellow public health professionals and researchers.
5. ESCAIDE 2021 programme
What can you expect at this year's conference? Take a peak at the programme of plenary, oral and poster sessions and side events on offer at ESCAIDE 2021!