MediPIET fellows and supervisors attend project review module in Lisbon, Portugal

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The module, which took place from 29 August to 2 September, provided fellows with the opportunity to review and receive feedback on their ongoing scientific projects, while at the same time preparing them for presenting their work to large scientific audiences.

The module was based on an open peer-reviewed process and provided fellows with a comprehensive evaluation framework that will assist them in preparing their future presentations.

At the end of the module, participants were able to:

  • Prepare a scientific abstract
  • Prepare an effective PowerPoint presentation for an international audience
  • Prepare a Single Overarching Communication Outcome (SOCO)
  • Use appropriate visual aids to convey messages
  • Respond to questions from a scientific audience, explain, defend and justify their choices and engage in scientific discussions
  • Provide and accept scientific critiques and suggestions for improvement
  • Formulate public health relevant recommendations based on the findings of their work

MediPiet fellows on the programme

We talked to three fellows about the projects they are currently working on and asked them how the MediPIET training programme has helped them in their professional development.

Besfort Kryeziu (Kosovo[1]) is a medical doctor and works at the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo. He is a member of the COVID-19 Management Task Team, working at the COVID-19 Operative Emergency Centre.

Lika Karichashvili (Georgia) works as a specialist at Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health in the division for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STI & TB. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health.

Lina Chalto (Lebanon) holds a Master`s degree in public health and is specialised in epidemiology and biostatistics. She works at the Lebanese Ministry of Health and is a part-time instructor of epidemiology and research methods at the Makassed University in Beirut.

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

MediPIET fellows talk about the opportunities of the program


The Mediterranean and Black Sea Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) aims to enhance health security in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region. It does so by supporting capacity building for prevention and control of threats posed by communicable diseases through the implementation of a long-term regional Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP), Training of Trainers activities (ToTs), annual scientific events and other networking activities.  

The MediPIET Cohort 4 started its training on 15 September 2021. It includes 16 fellows from 11 partner countries under the EU Initiative on Health Security

Cohort 5 has been selected and will start their fellowship on 15 September and have their first training session on 26 September 2022.