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ESCMID invites a number of Keynote Lecturers to speak at ECCMID each year. These are usually very highly attended sessions as the speakers are leaders in their fields. Here you can find confirmed Keynote speakers for and the description of ECCMID 2022 Keynote formats.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Martin Blaser (New Jersey, United States)

Keynote Lecture - Pathogens and the microbiome: antibiotics at the crossroads

Suchi Saria (Maryland, United States)

Keynote Lecture - AI revolution in medicine

James Collins (Boston, United States)

Keynote Lecture - Harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to fight pathogens

Alison Holmes (London, United Kingdom)

Keynote Scientific Interview - Never let an outbreak go to waste: how COVID-19 has changed hospital epidemiology and infection prevention and control

Chikwe Ihekweazu (Berlin, Germany)

Keynote Lecture - Dealing with the complexity of pandemics: the future is now

Jose María Miró (Barcelona, Spain)

Keynote Lecture - Clinical research in infectious endocarditis: past, present, and future

Malik Peiris (Hong Kong, China)

Keynote Lecture - Future threats from coronaviruses

Evelina Tacconelli (Verona, Italy)

Keynote Scientific Interview - Advances in clinical antibacterial resistance research

Filomeno Fortes (Lisbon, Portugal)

Keynote lecture - Impact of the climate change on Neglected Tropical Diseases in LMICs

Keynote session types


Keynote Lectures target a broad audience. The speakers are leaders in their fields and present an excellent review of a specific topic to a broad audience (specialists and non-specialists). Topics should be such that introduce cutting edge science or “hot” topics in Clinical Microbiology or Infectious Diseases.


60’ talk

1 speaker

2 chairpersons

Scientific Interviews

Interviews feature two experts taking the role of interviewer and interviewee and discussing current experience and future challenges in CM and ID. Interviewer and interviewee may be known to have a different opinion on a specific topic or to have taken different approaches to tackle a similar situation.


60’ talk

2 speakers from different countries

Fireplace Sessions

The ECCMID Keynote Fireplace Sessions are 30 min, or 1-hour sessions designed as private meetings between a keynote speaker, two moderators and a selected number (up to 60) of participants. The aim is to enable an informal discussion and promote exchange between an established leader and young professionals. ESCMID strongly believes that the interaction between senior experts in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and early career attendees of ECCMID is of great importance in promoting knowledge exchange.


Because of the intimate nature of these sessions, pre-registration is required to attend. ECCMID registrants will receive an email with a link to the Fireplace registration form. Updates on registering for Keynote Fireplaces will come later in 2022.