Introduction to the Scientific Programme

CME Credits – now online

ECCMID has received accreditation by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME, to provide medical specialists with CME credits. EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS, EACCME credits are recognised as Physician’s Recognition Awards by the American Medical Association. To claim CME credits log in on the congress website ( and follow the link “CME”. After completing the form, you can print the certificate indicating your personal CME credits.

Educational Workshops

At the beginning of ECCMID, on Saturday morning, 31 March 2012, from 08.45–13.00 a series of Educational Workshops will take place. They are organised in cooperation with ESCMID Study Groups and partnering organisations. Participation in Educational Workshops is free of charge and corresponding educational material is available online on the congress website.

Meet-the-Expert Sessions

Sunday through Tuesday, the day will start at 07.45 with Meet-the-Expert Sessions led by experts in their fields. These sessions depend on active participation of the audience. After a short presentation, the expert will open the session for discussion. Coffee will be offered.

TAE Trainees Day

On Saturday, 31 March 2012, 13.30–16.30, the Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE) organises the European Trainees Day, a day of teaching dedicated to the unique needs of trainees. During this session various topics in CM and ID will be discussed in a highly interactive way between trainees and experienced CM and ID specialists. A second and equally important aim of the day is to give trainees an opportunity to meet and network with each other. Participation is free of charge to ECCMID attendees.

Keynote and Award Lectures

Sunday through Tuesday at 11.30 and 14.30, lectures of 60 minutes will be given by opinion leaders in their fields as well as by the winner of the ESCMID Excellence Award 2012.


From 09.00–12.30 and from 14.30–18.00 each day, parallel symposia will convene renowned speakers from Europe and other continents who will cover a wide range of recent developments in their fields. On Tuesday, 3 April 2012, the last round of symposia takes place from 13.30–15.30. A number of symposia are arranged in cooperation with ESCMID Study Groups, while others are jointly organised with partnering societies or organisations. Symposia arranged by the industry are organised in close cooperation with the ECCMID Programme Committee. They are an integral part of the scientific programme (Integrated Symposia).

Oral Sessions

During the same time slots as the before mentioned symposia, you will also find sessions composed of abstracts selected for oral presentation, which are indicated by the prefix "O" in front of the programme numbers. The presenting author is indicated with an asterisk (*).

Poster Sessions

Most of the accepted abstracts are scheduled for poster presentation from Saturday through Tuesday. The selection is based on a blind review by at least three experts in each field. The posters are displayed in Hall S10 of the convention centre. The poster area is open to all participants on Saturday from 13.30–17.00, on Sunday and Monday from 10.00–17.00 and on Tuesday from 10.00–15.00. Please note that posters are exchanged on a daily basis. Poster authors must be present at their posters for discussion during their poster session. The presenting author is indicated by an asterisk (*). Posters submitted prior to the congress for inclusion in the online poster library can be viewed on PCs next to the poster desk during the entire congress or on the congress website.

Publication Only

Due to a large response to the call for abstracts, the Programme Committee has had to restrict the number of abstracts for presentation during the meeting. Abstracts of this category are not included in the Final Programme but are published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) in the online library, and on the congress website.

Online Meeting Planner during the 22nd ECCMID

The final scientific programme including all accepted abstracts is available on the congress website at Go to the “Scientific Programme” link to compose your personalised programme of lectures. You can use the search function to find keywords, speakers and chairpersons.

The following prefixes have been used throughout the programme:
E = Meet-the-Expert Session
K = Keynote Lecture
O= Oral Session
P = Poster Session
S = Symposium
T = Trainees Day
W= Educational Workshop

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