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.

The Sixth ESWI Influenza Conference has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 17 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).  Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Sixth ESWI Influenza Conference is endorsed by ESCMID.
ESCMID provides a number of attendance grants for ESCMID “young scientist 
members”. The grant covers the registration fee, but not travel or accommodation costs. Please apply here before 18 August 2017.

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 brochure

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Full conference programme (pdf)

ESWI 2014 Conference impression