ECDC Observership programme 2015 for ESCMID and ESCV observers
ECDC will host observers from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) for a week-long programme of seminars, activities and events under the ECDC Observership programme.
The ECDC Observership programme offers up to 15 early and mid-career scientists the opportunity to visit ECDC in Stockholm each year and learn about the activities of the Centre, share knowledge and experiences and engage with other observers and ECDC experts. Application, selection and funding for the Observership visits are provided by the two supporting societies, ESCMID and ESCV.
The main objectives of the ECDC Observership programme are:
- to increase understanding of the European public health roles and responsibilities of ECDC in supporting infectious disease prevention and control and the interplay with expert and competent bodies in the Member States;
- to familiarise observers with EU surveillance and epidemic intelligence systems and the Public Health Microbiology Programme;
- to raise awareness of ECDC’s key outputs, such as risk assessment, scientific advice, support to laboratory network activities, and others, and the way they are produced.
15th Meeting of the National Microbiology Focal Points
The ECDC National Microbiology Focal Points and National Surveillance Focal Points from EU/EEA countries will convene to discuss the integration of genomic epidemiology into EU level surveillance.
14th Meeting of the National Microbiology Focal Points (NMFPs)
ECDC National Microbiology Focal Points from EU/EEA countries convened to follow-up on a joint strategy to strengthen the EU public health microbiology system for informing infectious disease prevention and control. A joint session with ECDC Advisory Forum was held.
Technical consultation: ECDC strategy to harness whole genome sequencing for cross-border outbreak and surveillance
The aims of the consultation were to review the draft strategy and discuss how to foster practical collaboration with European and global initiatives in this field.