ECCMID has become one of the largest and the foremost congresses in the field of infection, bringing together >16,000 colleagues from all over the world for scientific education, networking and exchange. The comprehensive scientific programme is built by the ECCMID Programme Committee (EPC), an independent group of experts representing all disciplines related to clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, infection prevention and control and public health. This ensures that the programme is a combination that spans the entire range of topics in these fields, allowing every participant to have a comprehensive educational and networking experience.
The first aspect of the programme is the Invited Programme which usually hosts >100 sessions of different formats including Keynote Lectures, Scientific Symposia, Educational Sessions, and Meet-The-Expert Sessions. These are complemented by special sessions such as the Open Forum and other ad hoc formats. Proposal for the Invited Programme are received from ESCMID study groups, ESCMID affiliated/partner societies and ESCMID committees, and of course from EPC members themselves. The Invited Programme cycle typically starts in April with opening the call for session proposals and ends in late Summer with confirmation of most speakers. The invitation of Chairs take place around the New Year.
The second pillar of the ECCMID Programme encompasses the Abstract Programme. Researchers are invited to submit their original research abstracts to be presented as posters or in oral sessions. The call for abstracts typically opens in the Autumn and is followed by an extensive evaluation process including hundreds of expert reviewers, and then by the EPC who craft the oral sessions by grouping abstracts together within a certain topic. Decisions regarding abstracts are usually communicated to submitters early in the year and the acceptance rate is around 70%. Oral sessions have the format of 1-hour or 2-hour sessions, allowing full or flash presentations of research studies and clinical cases. All posters are presented online while paper poster presentations are available for on-site attendees.
The late-breaking abstract cycle typically takes place closer to the congress, around February/March and allows the consideration and inclusion of new and exciting data, not available during the regular call. Particular focus is placed on new drugs, data emerging from clinical trials and public health emergencies. Specific topics are released closer to the opening of the call.
Last but not least is the Integrated Programme, featuring scientific sessions developed by ECCMID’s industry sponsors. The Integrated Programme is of an educational non-promotional nature and its content is being controlled and approved by the EPC throughout the entire cycle of session development as well as in its delivery via appointment of an independent chair.
In case of any questions related to the Scientific Programme, the schedule or the session formats, please contact: science[at]escmid.org