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Andrea Ammon – ECDC. Chair of ESCAIDE Scientific Committee
Andrea is the Deputy to the Director and Head of Resource Management and Coordination Unit at the ECDC. Prior to joining ECDC, Andrea served in several roles at the Robert Koch-Institute, in Berlin, Germany, most recently as Head of Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles related to her work.



Johan Giesecke – ECDC
Johan is a Professor of Epidemiology and Chief Scientist at the ECDC since 2005 and heads the disease programmes of the Centre in the Office of the Chief Scientist. From a background as infectious disease clinician, his research interests include: epidemic modelling, HIV/STIs and late sequelae of acute infections. He has published some 150 scientific papers, has written a textbook on infectious disease epidemiology and co-edited another.


Naomi Boxall– President of the EPIET Alumni Network (EAN).
Naomi is a Senior Epidemiologist at Mapi since 2013, having moved there from Public Health England, where she had been for 6 years. From a background that includes a PhD in veterinary epidemiology supported by a biochemistry and genetics undergraduate degree, her research interests now include non-infectious topics to supplement previous experience in gastrointestinal and health-care acquired infections. As president of the EAN board, she represents the vast alumni of EPIET and (now) EUPHEM on the scientific committee and remains committed to training in field epidemiology.


Aftab Jasir - ECDC/EUPHEM
Aftab is an associate professor, expert public health microbiologist and chief scientific coordinator of European Public Health Microbiology training programme (EUPHEM) at ECDC. In addition to many years professional work as a university teacher and coordinating European projects, Aftab has worked in many public health bodies/organisations (including Lund University hospital, Sweden; HPA, UK and CDC, US). Specialisations include health care associated infections and antibiotic resistance, monitoring and evaluating QA/QC systems, molecular typing, and vaccine and antimicrobial drug development. Aftab is a member of many scientific societies and international advisory boards.

Ines Steffens - ECDC
Ines is the Editor-in-Chief of Eurosurveillance journal. Ines joined ECDC in 2006 as Managing Editor for Eurosurveillance, and between 2007-2011 set up ECDC’s Scientific Communication Section. Before Joining ECDC, Ines was Editor-in-Chief for Germany’s national epidemiological and public health bulletin, the Epidemiologisches Bulletin at Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. Ines is a trained internist, with broad clinical experience and expertise in infectious diseases. She holds a masters degree in public health, and has a special interest in communication-related issues.

Howard Needham - ECDC
Howard is the Scientific Liaison Officer at the ECDC. Since 2008, Howard has been coordinator of the ESCAIDE conference and scientific programme under the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee. Howard has a background in biological sciences and has held policy roles in the UK Government and the European Commission in animal health issues and zoonoses, including notably transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and avian influenza. Howard joined the ECDC as the influenza programme coordinator in 2006, and took up his current position in 2008.

Panayotis T. Tassios – University of Athens, Greece (ESCMID representative) Panayotis is Associate Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research focuses on the molecular typing of bacterial strains and their antimicrobial drug resistance mechanisms, to assist epidemiological investigations and infection control. He is also active in lifelong teaching, on his scientific interests as well as on scientific writing, aided by his experience as Associate Editor of several journals. Panayotis represents the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) on the Scientific Committee.

Mira Kojouharova - NCIPD, Bulgaria (AF Representative)
Mira is the Deputy Director of the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Head of the Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Surveillance Department. Mira holds a professorship, and leads research and teaching in the field of post-graduate education in epidemiology, surveillance and control of communicable diseases and practical work related to the surveillance of communicable diseases in Bulgaria. Mira’s research interests are particularly focused on influenza and acute respiratory diseases in adults and children, poliomyelitis and viral hepatitis. Mira is an ECDC Advisory Forum (AF) member, and represents the AF in the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee.

Arnold Bosman – ECDC
Arnold is a Public Health Specialist, trained in the Netherlands, focused on providing specialised training in Intervention Epidemiology to public health professionals. He is a member of the EPIET Scientific Conference committee. Currently he is a manager of Public Health Training at ECDC aiming to establish an effective network of training in applied public health (e.g. epidemiology, public health microbiology) in order to strengthen the work force in the EU.

Thea Kølsen Fischer – SSI (NMFP representative)
Thea is a public health virologist heading the Virology Surveillance and Research Unit at the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) and an associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen (Dept. Int Health). Thea specialised in epidemiology and laboratory outbreak management while completing the Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) training program (2003-2005) at CDC, and has been involved in population-based studies of high-incidence viruses such as rotavirus and HIV in Africa and Asia. She holds a medical research doctoral degree (DMSc) within public health virology (combining epidemiology, molecular profiling and vaccinology). Thea represents the ECDC National Microbiology Focal points (NMFP) in the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee.

Andreas Jansen – ECDC
Andreas is a medical doctor who worked as an infectious disease clinician and HIV specialist in Germany. From 2005-2006 he was a FETP fellow at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, and he joined ECDC in 2009. He is currently the Head of the Scientific Advice Coordination Section at ECDC, responsible for scientific advice procedures and methodologies, and for evidence-based public health.

Yvan J Hutin – ECDC/EPIET
Yvan is the Chief Coordinator of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). After an MD and a residency in hepato-gastroenterology, he joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of his public health career, he worked in Burkina Faso, Uganda and at the World Health Organization in Geneva, India and China. His areas of expertise include epidemiology and prevention of viral hepatitis and Field Epidemiology Training Programmes (FETPs)

Denis Coulombier- ECDC
Dr Denis Coulombier is a medical doctor, specialist in tropical diseases and in public health. He has an extensive international experience worldwide, including preparing for large sporting events in the field of communicable disease and response, acquired as a surveillance manager in 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, as a coordinator of public health surveillance and response in the 1998 FIFA world cup in France and as a WHO advisor for public health surveillance in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in 1991 and subsequently worked in the Epidemiology Programme Office of the CDC in health. In 2000, Dr Coulombier was seconded to the World Health Organisation to lead the team in charge of epidemiology capacity strengthening. Since the start-up of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in May 2005 and until March 2011, Dr Coulombier was the head of unit for preparedness and response and since April 2011 he is the head of unit for Surveillance and Response Support. The centre is established in Stockholm, Sweden.

Katharina Alpers - RKI, Germany (TEPHINET representative)
Katharina is the Coordinator for German PAE (Postgraduate Training for Applied Epidemiology (PAE) (German Field Epidemiology Training Programme, FETP) and is based at the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) in Berlin. She is also the representative of the European Programmes to the TEPHINET advisory board (Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network), a global network of field epidemiology training programs. Katharina represents TEPHINET in the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee.

Fortunato (Paolo) D’Ancona – ISS, Italy (ETSF representative)
Paolo is a Doctor and Communicable disease epidemiologist at the National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy. Among several activities, he leads the Italian Network on the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, and is project leader for the VENICE III project that support vaccine programmes in the EU. Paolo is also training site supervisor for the EPIET programme at Istituto Superiore di Sanità, and is Chair of the EPIET Training Site Forum (ETSF). Paolo represents the ETSF in the ESCAIDE Scientific Committee.

Marc Struelens - ECDC
Marc is the Chief Microbiologist at ECDC. He is former President of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) inBelgium. Marc has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters across many disciplines, including molecular epidemiology, control of nosocomial infections, and antimicrobial resistance. He has served as editor of several international scientific journals, been a member of several national and international advisory boards, European Union (EU)-supported research and public health networks, and has served as consultant to the WHO and EU.