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Ecraid and ESCMID join forces for a workshop on clinical research methods

High-quality research begins with high-quality training, and Ecraid is committed to providing opportunities for researchers to learn from leading experts in infectious diseases. An example is the upcoming ESCMID postgraduate technical workshop on better methods for clinical studies in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology that will take place from 20–22 October 2022 in Utrecht. 


Co-organised by ESCMID and Ecraid, this workshop will provide participants with tools on how to phrase a research question, choose the appropriate design and methods to address it, avoid biases, and write an optimal report. We will focus on new developments in methods, and use the participants’ projects as examples. 

The workshop features lectures from experts on a wide variety of methodological topics, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, pitfalls in observational studies, advanced statistical techniques, and more. The full programme and workshop details are available here. 

Registration is open here until 22 September 2022.



More than a dozen experts from around Europe and beyond will share their knowledge and experience during the three-day event. They include Tanya Babich (Petah-Tiqva, Israel), Marc Bonten (Utrecht, Netherlands), Saskia le Cessie (Leiden, Netherlands), Mariska Leeflang (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Leonard Leibovici (Petah-Tiqva, Israel), Pontus Naucler (Stockholm, Sweden), Mette Nørgaard (Aarhus, Denmark), Mical Paul (Haifa, Israel), Luigia Scudeller (Pavia, Italy), Elske Sieswerda (Utrecht, Netherlands), Henri van Werkhoven (Utrecht, Netherlands), and Martin Wolkewitz (Freiburg, Germany). 

Dr. Mariska Leeflang from Amsterdam University Medical Centers said: “Despite being a methodology expert myself, I learn something new every time I teach at a workshop such as this one. The friendly and open atmosphere we aim for will facilitate mutual learning and professional development.” 

Prof. Mical Paul from the Rambam Health Care Campus added: “I hope this workshop will contribute to better methodological standards for researchers, peer reviewers and editors. I look forward to interacting with the participants and faculty in fruitful and interesting discussions on research methods.” 

Stipends are available

Ecraid is offering three stipends for persons doing research in intensive care units. This financial aid includes accommodation and workshop fee. Candidates can apply by sending an email to, attaching a short application letter, an up-to-date CV, and a list of publications. The deadline is 20 September 2022.


Since its founding in 1983, ESCMID has evolved to become Europe’s leading society in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases with members from all European countries and all continents. For almost 40 years, it has been an influential component in the professional lives of microbiologists and infectious disease specialists and now reaches more than 9,000 individual and 33,000 affiliated members around the world. ESCMID is based in Basel, Switzerland.