Events Calendar

Currently most people are unaware of the very real risk posed by the increasing resistance to antibiotics. There is a need to develop catalysts for change and civil society involvement in awareness raising, development and implementation of containment strategies. This is a Call to Action: join us.

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past conferences & events

>ASID Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 "Topical and Tropical Infectious Diseases"

16th - 18th May 2019.  Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, N.T. Full Details and Programs

>IPAC Canada and IFIC announce the 2019 Conjoint Conference in Quebèc City, Canada
26-29 May 2019. Event Location: Québec Convention CentreQuebèc Convention Centre

Headquarter Hotel: Hilton Quèbec. IPAC Canada is a national, multidisciplinary association of Infection Control Professionals dedicated to the health of all Canadians. IFIC’s mission is to facilitate international networking to improve the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections worldwide.

>Emerging Applications of Microbes

3-4th June 2019. Leuven.

The first edition of the VIB International Conference ‘Emerging applications of microbes’. The field of microbiology is moving exceptionally fast, in part because it can take full advantage of the new developments in microscopy, computational biology, synthetic biology, lab-on-chip approaches and single-cell technologies. The new breakthroughs and technologies in microbiology do not only allow a better basic understanding of microbes and life in general, they also  open new routes in applied and industrial microbiology.  This conference is specifically aimed at the links between the newest knowledge and applications. We aim to provide you with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow researchers with session topics such as: metabolic engineering/synthetic biology/industrial biotechnology/microbial communities. We will welcome a range of world leaders from academia and industry who will discuss the latest applications and technological developments in the field of microbiology.

> BIO International Convention 

3-6 June 2019 | Philadelphia, PA.  #BIO2019      #ItStartsWithOne   @BIOConvention

The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts 16,000+ biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. We bring together a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy.  

>5th International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance

9-14 June 2019.Hong Kong. Registration secretariat edar5 [at] Conference co-chairs: Professors Tong Zhang and Keiji Fukuda

The role of the environment in AMR was listed by UNEP Frontiers 2017 as the first of six emerging issues of environmental concern. EDAR1, held in Canada in 2012, was a catalyzing international effort to address the environmental aspect of this problem. This momentum continued with EDAR2, 3, and 4 in China, Germany and United States, respectively. Over these four conferences, the scope of discussion has grown in size and become more comprehensive. The focus of concerns at EDAR5 encompass all critical environmental aspects with an emphasis on considering issues holistically, and complementary to discussions in health and other arenas.       

>3rd International Caparica conference on Antibiotic Resistance

10-13 June 2019. Portugal.  Hotel Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf & SPA.   Conference website: Conference chairs:J. L. Capelo, C. Lodeiro

The primary objective of this meeting is to bring together researchers involved in antibiotic resistance prevention and control. The meeting will take an integrated approach to research and it will bring about researchers specializing in different subjects related to antibiotic resistance. We expected to present a universal vision of the importance of antimicrobial resistance in different ecosystems and what can be done about it.

During diverse sessions, all aspects related to epidemiology of resistance in animal and zoonotic pathogens, mobile elements containing resistance genes, proteomics of antimicrobial resistance, emerging antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, control of resistant infections, antimicrobial resistance in animal pathogens and its exchange with humans, organizing antibiotic surveillance, policies to stimulate drug development and discovery and alternatives strategies to overcome the problem of antimicrobial resistance worldwide will be discussed.

>European Conference on Veterinary and Animal Health

24-25 June, 2019.  Oslo | Norway. European conference on Veterinary and Animal Health

>International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance
16-18 July 2019.   Amsterdam, Netherlands   Organiser: ESCMID

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) requires a holistic One Health approach involving specialists from different sectors. In line with this concept, the 2nd edition of ESCMID ICOHAR will bring together representatives from the public health, medical, veterinary and food safety sectors to share research and education strategies and tools for understanding and reducing the risks of AMR from a One Health perspective. The conference aims at creating an interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial platform for ongoing dialogue and concerted action among scientists, professionals and policy makers.

>The 6th International Conference on Infectious Diseases

28-29 August, 2019.  Paris, France.
Theme: A Novel Approach to Cure Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
The theme of the conference is: “A Novel Approach To Cure Emerging and Re- Emerging Infectious Diseases.”Europe Conferences will bring together scientists from the industry, academia, as well as leaders from healthcare providers, policy makers, industrialists, and investors to provide unique insights into infectious disease research and development. This event will also have a specific focus on co-operations between countries of the world through exhibitions and oral presentations by specialists in the field.

>XXIV Congreso Latinoamericano de Bioquimica
11-13 September. Megapolic Center, Panama.
Join over 500 Latin American professionals
Also note:
10 September. Previo al Congreso ColabioCli
PASCV Pan American Society for Clinical Virology 

>ICIC & ISAAR 2019

26 - 28 September 2019. Gyeongju, Korea. Submission Deadline for Abstracts: July 15, 2019  

HICO (Hwabaek International Convention Center), Gyeongju, Korea.

BacPath 15  The Molecular Biology of Bacterial Pathogens

30th Sep - 3rd Oct 2019. Novotel Vines Resort, Swan Valley, Nr Perth, Western Australia.  BacPath is the Australian premiere biennial molecular bacteriology meeting that has an exclusive focus on bacterial pathogens.  The meeting explores the full spectrum of molecular microbiology from fundamental research to translational applications.

>ICC GCCMID 2019: 31st ICC - 4th GCCMID Co-Chair

6th - 9th November 2019. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE. Since 1959, the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) has travelled the globe with its biennial International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ICC); 2019 will be the first time the congress is brought to the Gulf Region.

Po-Ren Hsueh,  ISAC President   31st ICC – 4th GCCMID Co-Chair.  Full Details and Programs. Following the outstanding success of GCCMID 2018, I am delighted to announce that the 4th GCCMID 2019 will take place once again in Dubai from 6th to 9th November 2019 at the Dubai International Convention Centre, together with the 31st ICC 2019. Adel Alothman  31st ICC – 4th GCCMID Co-Chair,  Programme Committee Co-Chair

>World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress 2018

07-08 November 2019
The World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress brings together all the stakeholders involved in developing new antimicrobial drugs and diagnostics. Provides opportunity to network and hear the perspectives of key health leaders on AMR issues.  The event focuses on one of the most important challenges currently facing the global healthcare sector: tackling scientific and economic issues around antimicrobial resistance.

>Second International Congress «Rational use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance STOP!»

15-16 November 2019. Kyiv, Ukraine. Velyka Zhytomyrska street, 33 Chamber Plaza.

The Congress, organized in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, will be held during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week and bring together different stakeholders to discuss the challenges of the rapid loss of antibiotic effectiveness and new approaches in the efforts to contain antibiotic resistance. Participants will meet leading speakers and experts from different countries to share their knowledge and experience, which will enhance their competence and performance, and patient outcome.

>19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases

20-23 February 2020. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. KL Convention Centre. #ICID2020.  Deadline for abstracts (English) on or before 25 October 2019. The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is collaborating with the Malaysian Society for Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC) for the 19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID). The Congress features an expanded range of sessions by bringing the One Health aspect to the world of clinical infectious diseases and microbiology. The One Health Concept recognizes the commonality of human, environmental and animal health and is critical to understanding, managing and preventing emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases globally. From antimicrobial resistance, Nipah virus and rabies to the effects of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and political instability on infectious diseases, looking through the One Health lens will provide valuable insights across species and specialties. Connect with colleagues from a wide range of countries and specialties to exchange knowledge, create new ideas and start collaborations.


past conferences & events

>Viruses, Vaccines and Eradication Conference 2019.
Thursday 6 June 2019. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE. A one-day conference dedicated to providing academics and clinicians with novel information and opportunities for scientific debate on the topic of reducing global disease through virus elimination and eradication. The conference will cover virology, infectious diseases, hepatology, viral hepatitis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and emerging and re-emerging viral threats.

> Antibiotic Guardian Conference and Awards 2019.   27th June at St Johns Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham.
27 June 2019 The National Conference will provide guidance, resources and information for practitioners on topics associated with antibiotic awareness and stewardship. The Antibiotic Guardian Awards on the same day will provide an opportunity to recognise and reward best-practice within Antibiotic Stewardship across the UK and Europe. 

> The Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference -  celebrating 60 years of Infection Control Nursing

22-24 September 2019.  For further information please visit the official conference website. At this IPS Conference leading experts in their field will present on the latest current and emerging threats and state-of- the-art research to help improve your team, your practice and your patients’ / clients’ outcomes. There will be a comprehensive series of presentations, meet-the- expert sessions and specialist streams of: wound care, mental health, audit / surveillance and international engagement. As well as main conference sessions, it will have one day conferences dedicated to the following:

DIPC Day 2019 - a day for the Development of Infection Prevention & Control Leaders
Infection Prevention in Paediatrics – ‘Hand in Hand’, working together for children



>SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - 5 May Hand Hygiene Day 2019.

Every year hospital-related infections kill 16 million patients. All health-care workers should clean their hands at the right time and in the right way. Healthcare hand hygiene compliance is only at 40% worldwide.

Clean care for all – it's in your hands. Hospitals and health-care facilities throughout theworld are invited to take part in a global initiative, to continue to raise hand hygiene awareness, to move action to the point of care, and to reduce health care-associated infection (HAI).

Several studies have presented dramatic evidence that microbes have an impressive ability to survive on the hands, sometimes for hours, if hands are not cleaned. Contaminated hands can be vehicles for the spread of microbes.

>My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

The My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach defines the key moments when health-care workers should perform hand hygiene. This evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach is designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings. This approach recommends health-care workers to clean their hands

  • before touching a patient,
  • before clean/aseptic procedures,
  • after body fluid exposure/risk,
  • after touching a patient, and
  • after touching patient surroundings.

Your phage needs you - support WORLD PHAGE WEEK 2019

The WORLD PHAGE WEEK commences on the 22nd October with WORLD PHAGE DAY, created to celebrate the collaborative work of everyone pioneering the development of phage therapy. The date was also chosen to mark the 1877 birthdate of Frederick Twort, a British microbiologist, the father of virology, who in 1915, published the first report of viruses that infect bacteria, replicate there and kill the cells.  Sadly the outbreak of the first world war suspended his research funding and he served as a medical officer during the war. 

World Phage Week aims to increase awareness of the long-overlooked phage and encourage public dialogue on the potential benefit of investing in phage research. Phages could offer one response to the increasing threat posed by antimicrobial resistance - an area of critical importance to human, animal and environmental health. Phage researchers around the world, working on different microbial communities are encouraged to join us and promote the message of the life-saving potential of phage therapies.

The Phage Pioneers - Twort-d’Herelle Phenomenon

(Frederick Twort and Felix d'Herelle)

Join us on Twitter @AGEofthePHAGE



Antibiotic misuse in hospitals is a major driver of antibiotics resistance. ... Everyone can join the campaign on European Antibiotics Awareness Day- posting ...
‎About · ‎Patient stories · ‎Plan a campaign · ‎News release

> (@EAAD_EU) | Twitter
European Antibiotic Awareness Day, every 18 November, raises awareness on the public health threat of antibiotic resistance. ... ... @EAAD_EU #EAAD TAC


On the occasion of EAAD 2018, we are asking doctors, nurses, hospital managers, pharmacists, farmers, veterinarians, policymakers, professional and patient organisations, governmental institutions, and the general public, amongst others, to share a message via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, explaining what they are doing to ensure that these medicines remain effective. Everyone is responsible for keeping antibiotics working!

If you wish to support the campaign, share messages, pictures or videos during the week 12—18 November 2018, using the hashtag #KeepAntibioticsWorking. Tell the world what you do, in your professional or personal life, at individual or collective level, to use antibiotics responsibly and keep them working!

>ECDC Directory of online resources for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAI)

Antibiotic misuse in hospitals is a major driver of antibiotics resistance. ... Everyone can join the campaign on European Antibiotics Awareness Day- posting ...
‎About · ‎Patient stories · ‎Plan a campaign · ‎News release

>About - European Antibiotic Awareness Day
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is increasing and that antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health.

>WHO | World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12-18 November 2018

Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of AMR, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

>UK Government and EAAD
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is supported in England by the Department of Health and its advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance and health care associated infections (ARHAI). The NHS, local authorities and others are asked to support EAAD to promote greater awareness of the issue locally and nationally. 

>Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign re-launched
23.10.2018. The campaign educates the public about the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging people to always take the advice of healthcare professionals as to when they need antibiotics. The campaign also provides effective self-care advice to help individuals and their families feel better if they are not prescribed antibiotics. Watch the new campaign video!

"The UK has made great efforts in recent years to reduce prescribing rates of antibiotics, however, there continues to be a real need to preserve the drugs we have so that they remain effective for those who really need them and prevent infections emerging in the first place. This is not just an issue for doctors and nurses, the public have a huge role to play – today’s data and the launch of the national ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign must be a further wake-up call to us all."

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England.

>Antibiotic awareness resources: 2017 - GOV.UK
Antibiotic Guardian is a UK-wide campaign to improve and reduce antibiotic prescribing and use. ... as part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018. ... European Antibiotic Awareness Day: evaluations.

Penicillin heralded the dawn of the antibiotic age - due to overuse and misuse we are approaching a post-antibiotic age.