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Welcome to “Young ESPID”, the next generation of Paediatric Infectious Diseases experts  in Europe and beyond. As a group of under-40s we have been actively involved in the ESPID Board and its committees since December 2010. “Young ESPID” was founded as a result of ESPID’s strategic plan 2010-2015. Young ESPID members were stimulated to develop a forum to strengthen PID in Europe and act as a think tank for ESPID .

We currently participate in all ESPID committees where we focus on:

Improvement of the ESPID website 

Communication between ESPID members (forum format) 

Improved visibility of ESPID through social media

Participation in the organisation of the Walter Marget workshop and the Research Master Class

Review of the PID training portfolio in Europe

Training possibilities and job opportunities 

Development of educational material and guidelines

Stimulation of and increased participation in research consortia

Initiation of research projects by Young ESPID 

Active involvement of Young ESPID in the organisation of ESPID Annual Meetings

Two of our members represent our ideas and provide feedback into the board

We cordially invite you to become an active member of Young ESPID, and help us shape the future of PID in Europe and beyond. New ideas are always welcome!
If you are interested in contributing to any of these activities and would like to be kept up-to-date on the activities of Young ESPID you can contact us through youngespid@espid.org

With kind regards,

Robin Marlow and Fani Ladomenou

Young ESPID representatives


Who’s involved in Young ESPID?

Young ESPID representatives in the ESPID Board:  Robin Marlow (2017-2020) and Fani Ladomenou (2018-2021)

Committee for Education: Raluca Lixandru (2016-2019) and Christina Karastathi (2017-2020)  

Research Networking Committee: Robindra Basu Roy (2017-2020) adn Henriette Rudolph (2018-2021)

Committee for Scientific Affairs & Awards: Lilly Verhagen (2017-2020) and Zoi Dorothea Pana (2017-2020)

You can find recent updates on the activities in the committees in our newsletters.

Are you interested in one of the activities, please do contact us!

List of country representatives 


Country Representative
Afganistan Bilal Ahmad Rahimi
Austria Daniela Klobassa
Australia Hazel Dobinson
Argentina Martin Eduardo Brizuela
Armenia Hrachuhi Ghazaryan
Brasil Daniel Jarovsky
Bangladesh   K M Shahunja
Belgium Christina Karastathi 
Canada Bahaa Abu Raya
Cote D'Ivoire Nassirou Faissal
Croatia Vedran Stevanovic
Denmark Thilde Winther
Estonia Pila Jogi
Finland lauri Ivaska
France Gaud Catho
Greece Desponia Gkentzi
Germany Cihan Papan
Indonesia Inke Nadia
Ireland Cilian O Maoldomhnaigh
Israel Dana Danino
India Govind Benakatti
Nepal Suraj Bhattarai
Japan Nobuaki Matsunaga
Nigeria Olajumoke Aladenola
Oman Abdullah Alqayoudhi
Pakistan Muhammad Faheem Afzal
Poland  Kacper Toczylowski
Portugal Muriel Ferreira
Romania Raluca-Ileana Lixandru
Russia Kirill Evdokimov
Spain Belen Hernandez Ruperez
Sri-Lanka Yasindu Waniganayake
Switzerland Julia Bielicki
Sweden Katerina Mougkou
The Netherlands Lilly Verhagen
Turkey Benhur Cetin
Uganda Clara Komuhangi
Ukraine Vira Chechenieva
UK Charlene Rodrigues

































Young ESPID country representatives aim to represent their country and be a liaison between Young ESPID board representatives and Young ESPID members.

The above Young ESPID members represent their countries from January 2018 – December 2019, after which new applicants may come forward.

Interested in becoming a country representative and your country is not listed above? Please contact us at youngespid@espid.org and we will send you the information about how to apply.


Last update 10-12-2018