The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) is looking forward to organizing the sixth edition of its ESWI Influenza Conferences in Riga, Latvia, on 10 – 13 September 2017. Over the past years, the ESWI Influenza Conferences have grown into the largest European scientific conferences entirely dedicated to influenza. In keeping with its excellent scientific reputation, the upcoming sixth edition will give the floor to the most renowned influenza scientists. Additionally, the conference will have a Science Policy Interface track, that is a separate, tailor-made programme for public health officials and opinion leaders in healthcare work. They will be given the opportunity to participate in a series of seven sessions that cover the entire spectrum of influenza policy making.

Recent programme updates

  • Zika virus as a global public health emergency
    by Herve Zeller, ECDC head of disease programme for Emerging and vector-borne diseases
  • Influenza vaccination in Mexico
    by Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos,  former Mexican Minister of Health (2006 – 2011)
  • H5, H7 influenza viruses: what’s new? (Keynote lecture)
    by Malik Peiris, University of Hongkong
  • Clinical management of influenza: where do we go? (Keynote lecture)
    by Jonathan Van-Tam, University of Nottingham, UK

Scientific programme topics

  • Clinical impact and diagnostic approaches
  • Virus structure and replication
  • Epidemics and pandemic threats
  • Viral factors in pathogenesis
  • Immunology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Antivirals and resistance
  • Monoclononal antibody therapies
  • Animal flu-ecology and epidemiology of animal influenza
  • Vaccines: current and novel approaches
  • Genetics and evolution of virus and host
  • Evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness
  • Risk management and mitigation of epidemic and pandemic threats
  • Maternal immunization
  • Host factors in pathogenesis
  • Late breakers

Science Policy Interface topics

  1. Influenza is a moving target and a secret killer
  2. Prevention and treatment of influenza
  3. Addressing influenza in practice: who’s involved?
  4. Implementation of vaccination policies: success stories and hurdles
  5. Influenza preparedness: what can we learn from other virus outbreaks?
  6. Reaching out to people at risk
  7. Influenza prevention in developing countries: a global responsibility

Science Policy Interface

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Second Announcement

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ESWI 2014 Conference impression