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ESPID Virtual Platform Extension For 2021 Sessions




The ESPID online experience lives on!

And we would like to make sure you will get the best out of it. The virtual platform is still open to attendees of this years annual meeting held virtually and you have full access to all sessions, e-posters, and exhibition materials for an additional 3 months.

The latest paediatric infectious diseases knowledge has never been more accessible – anytime, anywhere.

Take advantage of this opportunity until 1st December 2021.

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ESPID Research Café


Dear ESPID member,

ESPID is happy to invite you to the opening of the ESPID Research Café, where you will be presented with ongoing research proposals, and the possibility of communicating and sharing your input with the authors.

The first research proposal comes from Bieke Tack, MD, PhD candidate, under the topic of International recommendations on blood culture sampling methods in neonates. Find out everything about it here.

We hope you enjoy your break at the ESPID Research Café!

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12th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID 2022)

 You are invited to submit your abstract for consideration by no later than  8 September 2021. 

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Link to the abstract topics

Link to abstract submission

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Walter Marget Workshop Keynote Lectures 2021

The Walter Marget Keynote Lectures held just prior to the ESPID 2021 Annual Conference are now available to all ESPID members. The 4 lectures topics are:

Brain Infections: Dr Rachel Kneen

Congenital Infections: Prof. David Kimberlin

Antimicrobial & Diangostic Stewarship: Dr Julia Bielicki

COVID Related Dilemmas: Dr Liz Whittaker

They can be viewed on the ESPID Education page on the website under Annual Meetings

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22nd Advanced Course of Vaccinology ADVAC 2022 FRANCE

The 22nd ADVAC will take at Les Pensières, Annecy, France from 9 to 20 May 2022.

Registration for the Course will open from 1 July 2021 with a closing date of 15 November 2021

ESPID are delighted to offer support to attend the ADVAC course, please note there are only 2 members who will be selected and awarded support based on good standing members points.For more information, Click here

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Group B Strep info translated into 14 NEW languages

 “Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies”  leaflet has been translated from English into 14 languages. The leaflets are now available in:

 Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Urdu and Welsh.

The leaflets are free to download and print from  


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ESPID Online Wiser Immuniser Course 2021

We are delighted to announce the relaunching of the Wiser Immuniser course on the ESPID Education site. The modules of the course have been written by world-experts in the field of vaccinology.

The course now has been extensively reviewed and updated by ESPID and WHO experts. We like to take this opportunity to thank all authors who participated in the reviewing process.

The course is freely available at no cost to ESPID members. It is self-paced so you may start and finish at a time that is convenient to you.  

We hope that this is a useful learning resource for you.

To access ESPID Education simply visit the site here. Not yet an ESPID member? click here

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YOUNG ESPID Newsletter 2021


March 2021

Dear Young ESPID members,


We hope you are all doing well through the pandemic and would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of various activities relevant to Young ESPID. 


  1. Meet The Expert (MTP) YE coordinators
    We need 13 YE members to chair the Meet The Expert interactive sessions during the forthcoming ESPID Annual Meeting 2021.  You would work with the topic experts to arrange the session, coordinate and select the cases that will be presented. The experts involved will be announced soon.
    In summary, this could be a great learning experience, good for your network and cv and as a bonus you’ll also get free registration to the conference. 

    If you are interested in becoming a MTE coordinator for any of the sessions listed below, please send an email to with a list of 3 topics in order of preference, your CV and a short paragraph telling us why you choose this topic and your experience in the field.  This is always very popular and we allocate on a first come first served basis – so don’t wait until the deadline (Deadline for applications 15th March).


MTE1: Congenital infections 

MTE3: Breastfeeding in HIV exposed children
Pediatric Infectious Diseases in refugee children

MTE5: Meningitis/encephalitis 

MTE6: Tropical infectious diseases

MTE7: Fever of Unknown Origin 


MTE9: Sepsis

MTE10: Bone and joint infections

MTE11: Infection and immune compromised host

MTE12: Telemedicine for pediatric infectious diseases 

MTE13: Vaccine hesitancy and motivational interviewing 


2.     Social Media Ambassadors 


Continuing the successful Social Media Ambassadors Campaign that started in 2019, we are sending you a proposal for recruiting new ambassadors for ESPID 2021.


The aim of the campaign is to create a dedicated group of social media users who will actively tweet and post before and during the Meeting and will help us to promote ESPID online. 

With ESPID 2021 just around the corner now, we are gearing up towards generating a bit more social media awareness for main congress-related information bits, concerning all attendees.


In addition, we are looking to recruit volunteers for being our ESPID 2021 social media ambassadors before (in the run-up to the event) and during the Congress itself.


Our social media ambassador position is entirely voluntary and assumes the following specific activities:


  • Promote the use of #ESPID2021 and the congress itself to your professional network before and during the event
  • Be active during the event - Sharing live updates on social media during the meeting days
  • In the run-up to ESPID 2021 - Active on social media – tweeting, posting on FB and LinkedIn, using the #ESPID2020 hashtag
  • Posting live from scientific sessions (+ re-tweeting and sharing ESPID’s posts)
  • Use either ESPID provided messaging and/or independently-generated posts covering main congress-important topics suggested by the ESPID social media manager (in this case myself)  
  • Encourage others to share their experiences
  • End of Day Video Highlights/Podcasts – provided by ESPID’S social media representative (myself) and/or independently created by our ambassadors
  • Conducting interviews with speakers before or after their sessions
  • Posting a video of yourself sharing your motivation to attend ESPID 2020


Benefits for our ambassadors:

  • Discount pass for #ESPID2021 (details TBC)
  • Opportunity to conduct interviews with speakers 
  • Professional Recognition - Be featured in the congress social media channels and on the website.


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  1. Social Media Advisor for European Journal of Pediatrics


The European Journal of Pediatrics (EJPE) is looking to fill the newly created role of


Social Media Advisor for European Journal of Pediatrics. EJPE is a leading peer-reviewed medical journal which covers the entire field of pediatrics. It has an impact factor of 2.305 and its first issue was published in 1911.


Obviously, a lot has changed since then. The advent and increasing importance of social media is one of these things. In order to keep up with the times and to optimize and expand our social media presence and reach, they are seeking to hire a Social Media Advisor who would be in charge of refining and strengthening their presence on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


The position is an ideal starting point for an early career clinician / researcher, who is interested in gaining a deeper insight into the field whilst strengthening their ties with the European Journal of Pediatrics as well as the wider community. EJPE is an international journal and applications from all countries will be considered. In addition to a background in paediatrics, any candidate applying should meet the following requirements:


Medical degree, research experience is a plus Strong affinity for social media and related technologies Enthusiasm for scholarly communication, knowledge dissemination, and community building Interest in finding creative solutions and experimenting with new ideas and concepts Ideally: Experience in developing and implementing a successful social media strategy


Please note that this position is an honorary appointment.


If you are interested in this novel and exciting position, please send your application to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Peter de Winter (, by July 15th , 2021. Please include the following materials in your application:


- Cover Letter

- CV


We look forward to ‘seeing’ as many of you as possible during ESPID 2021 virtual Annual Meeting. In the meantime, please get in touch with any queries or suggestions!



Fani & Lilly

Young ESPID Board Representatives 







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Antibiotic Management Online Course

We are very pleased to announce that the ESPID Antibiotic Management course is now live.

To do the course, log in to the ESPID website and go to the online courses section of ESPID Education. You can commence the course immediately and complete it at your own pace.

The course allows direct discussion with other participants, the course director or the module authors. This provides a platform for lively forum discussions making learning more fun. 
All the modules have excellent information on the subjects and have been written by renown paediatric infectious diseases experts in the field. And the course is free for ESPID members! 

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PIDS Foundation Announces the Revamped RFA for the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

 Have you recently submitted an NIH or CDC award that just missed the payline? If so, the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases may be a great way to build the additional data you need to launch a new area of investigation.  

“Having been a grant-funded investigator for many years and serving on multiple study sections, I know firsthand how challenging the grant process is,” said Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director, Research Institute, Rochester General Hospital.  The Pichichero Family Foundation seeks to stand in the gap that often exists between NIH paylines and good science that narrowly misses the mark by providing research grants to well deserving proposals. Beginning November 1, the
PIDS Foundation will review repurposed NIH and CDC grants, with study section comments, on a rolling basis. Proposals that were reviewed favorably, but fell below the payline, will be eligible for funding.  For more information, please review the Request for Proposals or contact Christy Phillips at PIDS: 

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New Partnership with European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

We are pleased to announce that the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) and European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the future partnership of the two societies with the aim of fostering collaborative relationships to strengthen practice, education and advocacy for paediatric infectious diseases.

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ESPID Podcast - Conversations on Paediatric Infectious Diseases

As part of our new 4-part podcast series, ESPID brings you leaders in paediatric infectious diseases, discussing their experiences, viewpoints and more.

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EAP COVID-19 Resource Centre

The European Academy of Paediatrics invite you to share the resources they have put together during the pandemic, and to visit their Resource Centre. This includes a number of elements which youmayht find interesting and helpful:

·         Links to the weekly webinars that we have run over the last 2 months addressing a range of practical, academic and psychological aspects of the crisis

·         Daily blogs and updates with links to helpful sites and breaking news

·         A ‘Children’s Corner’ with advice on activities and links to useful resources for families

        ·         Links to national guidelines and documents 

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A new European Syllabus in Paediatric Infectious Diseases was approved by UEMS

To view the 2018 syllabus click here: 2018 European Syllabus in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

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Primary Vaccination Coverage in the USA

 Article about Primary Vaccination Coverage in the USA by Peter Hotez as Published in the New York Times 

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