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ESPID 2019, the 37​th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases is taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 6-11 May 2019. Over 2,300 participants from more than 90 countries from Europe and around the world arrived two days ago to Slovenia’s capital to attend the ESPID annual meeting this year held at GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Leading international experts are hosting clinicians, researchers, residents, and students to advance the field of paediatric infectious diseases.

Organisers of ESPID decided to choose the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre for its annual meeting due to GR superbly meeting the needs of the ESPID Meeting, from being a suitable size to offering flexibility and growth options. With this meeting, Ljubljana is for the whole week, »The world’s centre of paediatric infectious diseases as lecturers and leading experts from all over the world will attend it,« pointed out the importance of the meeting for Kongres Magazine Marko Pokorn, MD, Ph.D., from Department of Infectious Diseases at University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

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The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, ESPID, forms the basis for European investigators interested in infectious diseases in children and infection prevention in childhood. The society is engaged in activities including the organisation of multicentre trials, international exchange of infectious disease fellows and an annual Meeting. Building on innovation, networking, and the combination of clinical research with medical education, this year’s ESPID meeting features a wide range of sessions and learning opportunities to showcase the very latest in research and treatment. In particular, with the controversies in society and the media surrounding vaccinations, ESPID plays an imperative role in advancing the field and offering medical professionals the most up-to-date knowledge.

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“This year’s plenary sessions will, thus, cover Novelties in Vaccines, Antibiotic Use, New Research Approaches in the Study of Infectious Diseases in Children, and Zoonotic Infections,” noted Marko Pokorn, MD, Ph.D. from Department of Infectious Diseases at University Medical Centre Ljubljana. There will be the ESPID Debate on the Need for Guidelines in the field, dedicated sessions and workshops to support young researchers, case studies, early morning Meet the Expert conversations and more.

ESPID collaborates with international societies to deliver top-quality sessions, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control at the WHO, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID), the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI), the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and others.