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ESPID Walter Marget Workshop Guidelines


The Walter Marget Workshop (WMW) is a 1.5-day learning event for trainees held every year in the days leading upto the ESPID Annual Meeting. The workshop is dedicated to the memory of Professor Walter Marget, who was a founding member of ESPID (1983). Professor Marget was a renowned paediatric infectious diseases clinician at the University Hospitals of Freiburg, Tubingen and Munich and was an influential mentor for many young paediatricians.

Date: TBC

ESPID Meeting Venue: De Doelen,
Schouwburgplein 50
3012 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands

Why should I attend the WMW?
This clinically-oriented educational workshop focuses on the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in children. There are four talks by well-known experts, as well as small-group interactive case discussions with close interactions between trainees and faculty.

Who is eligible to participate in the WMW?
Participation in the WMW is limited to a maximum of 50 pre-selected registered trainees. Themes for the workshop are posted in advance (see below) and trainees are invited to submit, in advance, an abstract of a case that they wish to present. The best 24 cases submitted will be selected for presentation at the meeting and prizes are awarded for the best clinical presentations.


In case of over-registration for the workshop, the following priorities

for a place have been set:

1.     Quality of the abstract submitted

2.     ESPID members who are in training

3.     1st time attendance

4.     Balance of trainees to ensure representation of different countries

5.     Age less than 40 years


Reimbursement of trainees 

  • Participating trainees will be offered waived registration to the ESPID Annual Meeting.
  • Up to 7 trainees will be awarded the ESPID Annual Meeting Travel Award as WMW accepted applicants.
  • LMIC (low and middle-income countries) accepted applicants will be prioritised for the ESPID Annual Meeting Travel Award.
  • Delegates awarded the ESPID Annual Meeting Travel Award will receive benefits including support for economy class air and/or train travel to Rotterdam, a hotel booking to a 2-3 star hotel for up to 5 nights, and free registration for the Meeting.


  • Invited speakers – paediatric infectious diseases specialists who are outstanding clinicians and educators selected by the ESPID Committee for Education for the WMW each year. Speakers will give a presentation and participate in discussions of instructive cases presented by the trainees.
  • Members of the ESPID education committee will chair small clinical case discussion sessions in which delegates present cases according to the themes of the workshop.

How do I apply?

  • All applications for WMW are submitted via the online submission system, where you will also be invited to submit your abstract for case presentation (see below) and apply for the travel award.
  • Application submission opens October 7, 2019.
  • WMW application submission closes December 2, 2019 (prior to the ESPID Meeting’s abstract submission deadline on Jan. 27th).
  • All applicants will be notified whether they have a place to attend the WMW and whether their case has been selected for presentation by January, 2020.


What are the topics for WMW this year?

The four topics chosen for the WMW 2020 in Rotterdam are:

1) Tropical infections

  • Tropical diseases include infectious diseases that either occur uniquely in tropical and subtropical regions. Increased international travel has resulted in significant numbers of travellers that develop a febrile illness after their return from the tropics. To further discuss the diagnosis and management of these diseases, we invite you to share your experience of an interesting case of a child with tropical infection.

2) Childhood tuberculosis

  • Approximately 250,000 children die from tuberculosis each year. Clinicians face unique challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of TB in children. To explore these challenges, we invite educational case presentations describing difficult or unusual childhood TB cases.

3) Immunodeficiency and immunodysregulation

  • It is increasingly recognised that many children with primary immunodeficiency manifest not only with susceptibility to infection, but also to dysregulated immunity. This includes autoinflammation, autoimmunity and specific syndromes such as haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). To develop an approach to these presentations, we invite educational case presentations of children with primary immunodeficiency and/or immunodysregulation.

4) Infection caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria

  • Drug-resistant infections are now a significant cause of morbidity and mortality particularly in children with long-term co-morbidities. The global rise of drug-resistant infections poses new challenges for the management of our patients. In this session, we welcome case presentations describing management and outcome of in children with drug-resistant bacterial infections.


How do I submit an abstract?

  • Case presentation abstracts for WMW are submitted via the online submission system, during the application process
  • The case must ‘fit’ into one of the four chosen WMW topics, and be of educational value
  • The same abstract should not have been submitted to another stream of the current or past ESPID meetings, however it is acceptable that the abstract has been presented elsewhere
  • Abstract guidelines:
    • Word limit 300 words
      • Background (2-3 sentences)
      • Case presentation summary (main body of abstract)
      • Learning points (can limit this to the 1-2 most important educational conclusions)
    • Please do not reveal the diagnosis in the title of the case 🙂


How do I prepare my case for presentation at WMW?

  • If your case abstract is selected for oral presentation, please follow the following presentation guidelines:

1.     Time: you will only be allowed to speak for a maximum 8 minutes to allow enough time for interruptions/questions and discussion (each case is allocated 15 minutes in total)

2.     Number of slides: maximum 8 slides (extra slides for educational images allowed)

3.     Structure:

o    Clinical presentation (history, examination & initial investigations): 1-4 slides

o    Differential diagnosis: 1 slide

o    Further investigations & final diagnosis: 1 slide

o    Management and outcome: 1 slide

o    Discussion (brief literature review & learning points): 1 slide

4.     General tips on doing an effective WMW case presentation:

o    Try to be as interactive as possible and ask questions to the audience before revealing diagnosis and management.

o    Please incorporate at least 2 questions for the audience in your presentation.

o    These questions should appear at the end of the slide, below the necessary clinical information to allow the audience to review the facts and think. Useful to be able to see investigation results with normal ranges as appropriate.

o    Do not read out your slides. Best to keep text on slides brief, and use only as a prompt to keep the audience focused on what you are saying. This means you need to practice your talk (which will also help you ensure that you only speak for 8 minutes or less)


New for WMW 2020! “The Great Debate”

  • During the WMW application process, you will be asked if you would be prepared to contribute to a debate between participants.
  • Debate motion topic for WMW 2020: This house believes that all children exposed to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis should receive chemoprophylaxis
  • Two participants will be chosen and asked to represent “For” (1 participant) or “Against” (1 participant) the debate motion.
  • Each debate participant (For vs Against) will be supported by a named faculty member to prepare a 7-minute presentation in the months leading up to the WMW.