Young ESPID is a group of members who are in training and early career, generally under 40 years and/or who are in training / have completed training to become a paediatric infectious disease specialist <3 years ago.

Welcome message
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
With kind regards,
Lilly Verhagen and Raluca Lixandru
Young ESPID representatives 
Who’s involved in Young ESPID?
Country Representative Email Term Began
Argentina Martin Eduardo Brizuela  
Armenia Sose Margaryan Jul-22
Australia Hazel Dobinson  
Belgium Siel Daelemans Sep-22
Brasil Daniel Jarovsky  
Bulgaria Petar Velikov  
Cambodia Sam Lyvannak  
Croatia Vedran Stevanović  
Czech Republic Jitka Bolchová Sep-22
Egypt Ali Sobh Sep-22
Estonia Piia Jogi  
Finland Lauri Ivaska  
Germany Cihan Papan  
Greece Maria Tsirigotaki  
Hungary  Szofia Hajósi-Kalcakosz  
India Nabaneeta Dash Aug-22
Ireland Deirdre Foley Jun-22
Israel Liat Ashkenazi-Hoffnung Jun-22
Italy Marta Stracuzzi Aug-22
Malaysia Bazlin Ramly Sep-22
Nepal Suraj Bhattarai  
Nigeria Olajumoke Aladenola  
Poland Kacper Toczylowski  
Portugal Jorge Rodrigues  
Romania Flavia Rochman Jun-22
Slovenia Keti Vincek  
Spain Carlos Grasa Jun-22
Sweden Katerina Mougkou  
Switzerland Nora Fritschi Jun-22
The Netherlands Navin Boeddha Jul-22
Turkey Benhur Çetin  
United Kingdom Charlene Rodrigues  
United States Anton Goetz  
Young ESPID representatives on the ESPID Board:  Lilly Verhagen (2020-2023) and Raluca Lixandru (2021-2024)
Committee for Education: Eleni Vergadi (2019-2022) and Cihan Papan (2020-2023)  
Research Networking Committee: Lauri Ivaska (2020-2023) and Henriette Rudolph (2021-2024)
Committee for Scientific Affairs & Awards: Virginia Ramos Martin (2019-2022) and Charlene Rodrigues (2020-2023)
Young ESPID Social Media: Suraj Bhattarai and John Kopsidas
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!
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 for 2 years, after which new applicants may come forward. If no-one comes forward then the current representative remains in place.
Interested in becoming a country representative and your country is not listed above? Please contact us at and we will send you the information about how to apply.