ASC 2015

The ‘Annual Scientific Conference of the Mediterranean Programme of Intervention Epidemiology Training’ (ASC MediPIET) is a conference mainly focused on infectious diseases across the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions and worldwide in regard of getting evidence for diseases prevention and control, and public health policy making.

As part of the training objectives of MediPIET Programme, the Annual Scientific Conference aims at providing the opportunity to fellows and other epidemiologists of the region to present the results of their field epidemiology activities (research projects, outbreak investigations, the evaluations of surveillance systems, International assignments) and allow the exchange between representatives of the Public Health Institutions and stakeholders involved in the Project.

MediPIET ASC contributes to the establishment of a collaborative community of practice bringing together junior and senior experts from all Public Health related disciplines.

European Centre for Prevention and Disease Control (ECDC) chairs the Scientific Commitee of the MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference, which is composed by members of the Scientific Advisory Board of MediPIET, directors of the existing Field Epidemiology Training Programmes in the partner’s countries and others.

The format of the Conference includes back to back meeting and keynote speech.

Oral presentations no longer that 10 minutes followed by a 5 minutes slot for questions and answers.

Poster presentations are to be short 10 minute oral presentations of each poster to an audience gathered as a group.

Moderated panel discussion with invited speakers

The conference is jointly organized by the MediPIET Consortium composed by FIIAPP and ISCIII and the Institute of Public Health of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

 

 

Contact us

For questions regarding the MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference, please contact us at: conference2015@medipiet.eu

Members of the Organisation Committee

Organisation Committee Role/Affiliation
José Jaime de Domingo, MediPIET MediPIET team leader
Enric Ibarz FIIAPP Project Officer
Roberto Medina FIIAPP Technical Assistant
Vladimir Mikic fYROM IPH
Erjona Shakjiri fYROM IPH
Barbora Neubauerová, ECDC ECDC liaison officer
Concha Martín, MediPIET MediPIET liaison officer

Registration

Online registration is restricted to invited participants only. Speakers, presenters of oral or poster communications, as well as members of the MediPIET network (National Focal Points, fellows, supervisors and national authorities) will be invited to register online to the MediPIET ASC 2015. Invited participants will receive an email with instructions on how to register online.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by MediPIET for the fellows, National Focal Points and representatives of national institutions participating in the MediPIET Network as well as for independent attendees from whom an abstract has been accepted.

Call for abstracts

Deadlines

The call for abstracts for the MediPIET ASC 2015 opened the 6th of April 2015 and the deadline for submission has been extended till the 14th June 2015.

Abstract decisions have been communicated to authors the 16th July.

List of topics/tracks for 2015 abstracts:

Please see below list of topics/ tracks available for submitting abstracts to the MediPIET ASC 2015:

  • TB and other respiratory diseases (excluding influenza)
  • Surveillance
  • Public Health microbiology and molecular epidemiology
  • Outbreaks
  • Novel methodological approaches for disease investigation, surveillance and control
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Modelling
  • Intervention studies in public health
  • Healthcare associated infections
  • Food and water-borne diseases
  • Epidemiology and microbiology driving public health policy
  • Influenza
  • Zoonoses
  • Burden of disease
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Public health issues in Mass Gathering events
  • Communicable diseases during humanitarian crises (including man made or natural disasters)
  • Vaccine coverage, effectiveness and safety
  • Viral Hepatitis B & C (HBV, HCV)
  • Non- Communicable diseases

 

Abstracts submission process

Abstracts must be submitted through the Abstract Submission form 2015. Abstract sent out of the submission form will be dismissed.

Once filled the submission form should be sent to the following e-mail address: abstract1_2015@medipiet.eu. After having submitted an abstract, a confirmation of reception will be sent to the sender e-mail address.

All the instructions in regard of structure and content as well as requirements are described in the abstract submission guideline

Abstract review and selection process

All abstracts submitted for the First MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference will be reviewed by three reviewers. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact in the abstract text can be corrected by 14th June 2015.

Abstracts will be considered as eligible for either oral or author-attended poster sessions. Once an abstract is accepted, the Scientific Committee will determine whether it is more suitable for oral or poster presentation (authors can also indicate their preference in their submission).

All accepted abstract presenters will be asked to register to attend the conference. Registration will come through a formal invitation sent to authors. Please, notify the conference organizers of any change – change of presenting author or withdrawal of abstract – in a timely manner.

About the speakers

Prof Mike Catchpole

Chief Scientist, European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm

Mike Catchpole is a medical doctor who has worked in infectious disease epidemiology and response at the national and international level since 1991. He is Chief Scientist at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Prior to that he was Director of Public Health England’s national Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, and was the UK member of the ECDC Advisory Forum from 2007 until 2014. He has 20 years’ experience of management of communicable disease surveillance and response, including leadership of the national epidemiological response to the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in England, developing and managing the surveillance systems for the 2012 London Olympics and the surveillance systems that have been instrumental in driving the dramatic reductions in MRSA and C.difficile in England.

His primary research interests have included HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the wider health effects of major incidents, and public health information systems development. He has also been a member of the steering groups for a number of European projects, and chaired the Steering Committee of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) from 2001 to 2006.

He has academic appointments, as a visiting professor, at Imperial College London and City University London.

  Dr Miljana Grbic

Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Serbia

Dr Miljana Grbic has held the position of Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Serbia since April 2013, assuming the role of facilitating, supporting and coordinating all WHO country activities including provision of policy advice to the government through dialogue with senior officials of the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, bilateral and multilateral agencies as well as the UN system. Apart from being responsible for the development and implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement between WHO and the Ministry of Health, she has been facilitating the provision of technical assistance for the health sector development and maintaining constructive partnerships with external stakeholders as well as leading the international cooperation for health within the UN country team. Her professional experience in public health and medical sciences includes practice of clinical medicine through public health expertise and health project management. In the course of her medical career she has had teaching assignments at the Serbian School of Medicine, at graduate courses for medical doctors in the field of surgery and orthopaedics including teaching on specific infection control procedures in surgery. Her overall extensive professional engagement with the UN system includes work with UNDP, UNICEF and UNHCR, on many issues related to health development, children, gender issues, refugees and IDPs, including in complex political and social environments as well as in time of emergencies, such as during the May 2014 devastating floods but also during the ongoing refugee/migrant crisis.

 

Programme of the week

programaFull Scientific Programme

Side events

In the margins of the MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference 2015, the governing bodies of MediPIET will hold their final annual meetings:

The training Centre Forum (TCF) meeting will be held the Tuesday 17th of November in the meeting rooms of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje. This meeting aims at providing a space to all MediPIET Training Centres representatives to discuss technical and operational issues related to the MediPIET programme. Recommendations issued during the TCF meeting will then be presented to the Scientific Advisory Board by the three TCF delegates.

TCF is currently chaired by Dr Shaban Memeti, Director of the Institute of Public Health of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and MediPIET National Focal Point. During the November meeting, the TCF will designated a new chair and new TCF representatives to the SAB for the coming year.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting will take place the Friday 20th of November in the Holidays Inn hotel premises. The SAB provides strategic advice on scientific and technical issues, notably on regional synergies, best ways of sharing scientific knowledge and experiences across the participating countries and looking into the future needs and opportunities of a sustainable training programme in the region. The Board is chaired by ECDC.

The Project Coordination Committee (PCC) meeting will take place the Friday 20th of November in the Holidays Inn hotel premises. The PCC oversees the implementation of the project (including the logistical coordination and achieving the deliverables detailed in the various work-packages), the sound financial management of the project and look at the overall achievements of the project objectives. The committee is chaired by DG-DEVCO (EC)

Oral presentations and Posters Programme

MediPIET ASC posters session

For authors whose abstract(s) has been accepted as  oral or poster presentation, please find a guide to prepare the poster in the section “For presenters”

The presentations and posters will be available for downloading after the ASC.

For participants

This conference is addressed mainly to the fellows, national focal points and epidemiologists working in the public health institutions of the participating countries to the MediPIET programme.

Details regarding registration will come through a formal invitation sent to the MediPIET countries and other stakeholders.

Costs related to travel and accommodation will be covered by the MediPIET programme for the participants responding to the following criteria:

  • MediPIET fellows,
  • MediPIET national Focal Points
  • Author who had an abstract accepted as poster or oral presentation
  • Others: members of international organizations, public health and field epidemiology training related networks in the region, and other relevant stakeholders.

Certificates

A certificate:

  • Participation’s certificate for participants without presentation
  • Communication’s certificate for participants who have oral or poster presentation(s) will be delivered after the conference via email

Venue

The ASC will be held in the Conference Centre of the Holiday Inn hotel in Skopje.

www.holidayinn.com/skopje

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http://www.skopje.gov.mk/en/

For the presenters

Indications for oral presentations

  • All oral presentations are allocated 15 minutes (10 minutes for the talk and up to 5 minutes question time). It is of utmost importance that you do not exceed the 10 min you have to present your work. A moderator will be in charge of time-keeping.
  • It is mandatory to use the template provided by MediPIET.
  • Accepted presentations should be sent to conference2015@medipiet.eu no later than 12th November 23:50 CET. No presentations will be accepted after this deadline. As a safeguard, presenters are welcome to bring their presentation in USB sticks.
  • Please find detailed instructions for oral presentation

Publication of presentations

  • In order to support dissemination and to ensure your work has maximum impact, it is our intention to publish all presentations on the MediPIET website after the conference.
  • Oral presentations will be recorded on video and published on the MediPIET website. Presenters will be asked to sign a consent form accepting to be recorded.
  • Please ensure that all presentation materials are authorized for publication (photos, cartoons, graphics, etc.: we advise you not to use copy-right protected materials for which you do not have explicit permissions).

Publication of notification of funding/potential conflicts of interest

In order to support dissemination, speakers should include a specific slide to indicate all sources of funding of their research and potential conflicts of interest for the work presented at MediPIET.

Indications for poster presentations

Poster session outline

  • Posters will be displayed since the beginning of the conference. Instructions in regard of the location will be provided upon arrival.
  • MediPIET 2015 will host specific moderated poster sessions. Each poster presenter will be given 10 minutes for presenting his/her work, followed by a five-minute questions and answers.
  • Please follow the instructions for poster presentation link on Instruction for poster presentation.
  • All presenters will be responsible for the printing and carriage of their poster to the venue. There will be no provision to print posters on-site.

Reimbursement

MediPIET will reimburse the costs of printing accepted posters. Presenters must provide an invoice for printing.

Poster display at the conference

  • Your paper poster will be displayed during the whole length of the conference. Poster authors should ensure that their posters are in place the day before the start of the conference and removed after the closure.
  • Each poster will have a specific spot. More information will be given to you on site at the registration desk.
  • You may wish to bring Hand outs: for interested viewers to pick up.
  • Tape, pins and other provisions to set up posters will be available in the poster area.

Publication of poster presentations

In order to support dissemination and to ensure your work has maximum impact, it is our intention to publish all presentations on the MediPIET website after the conference.

Please ensure that all presentation materials are authorised for publication (photos, cartoons, graphics, etc.: we advise you not to use copy-right protected materials for which you do not have explicit permissions).

Publication of notification of funding/potential conflicts of interest

In order to support dissemination, speakers should include a specific slide to indicate all sources of funding of their research and potential conflicts of interest for the work presented at MediPIET.

Abstracts book

Download here the Abstract book from the ASC 2015:

Abstract Book ASC 2015_FINAL