Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

"Céad Míle Fáilte" (pronounced 'kade meel-eh fawl-te'  ie A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the International Scientific Committee (ISC) to the 32nd Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), Dublin, May 2014

For a small country, with diaspora in every corner of the globe, it seems particularly fitting that the Dublin theme will be "Paediatric Infection: The Global Challenge".  The Programme Committee has brought together clinicians, epidemiologists and scientists; true leaders of their fields, to participate in a comprehensive series of keynote lectures, symposia, educational workshops and meet-the-expert sessions.  This promises to be one of the most comprehensive paediatric infectious disease programmes to date covering microbe-host interactions, immune responses –both good and bad, disease pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention.   Plenary talks and special lectures with internationally acclaimed speakers will be state of the art.  Delegates can focus on their special interests in the symposia sessions and researchers can network and find out exactly what is happening in their areas of research through the very popular ESPID e-poster sessions and oral abstract presentations.  Practicality and applicability will be key in the Meet the Expert Sessions, providing opportunity for less formal interactive learning sessions.  

ESPID is a meeting with a difference.  You will not only benefit from scientific exchanges taking place during the formal activities, but meeting colleagues from different regions and backgrounds encourages new research ideas, network development and fruitful collaborative effort.  Your contributions are highly appreciated and You are key to making this a successful meeting. Coming to ESPID, you will be an important participant, helping raise the standards of treatment of infections in children and acting as ambassadors for the global dissemination of such information.

We, the local organizing committee, are extremely proud to host ESPID and to welcome you to a bespoke convention center in the heart of our capital city and with excellent accommodation within easy reach. You will find a warm welcome and, through our networking event, have opportunity to develop strategic relationships that may help to further your research interests and enhance clinical care.   Come to Dublin. Meet old friends. Make new ones. Experience the best of scientific learning, in a great atmosphere and go away with great ideas, perhaps even new research opportunities and definitely great memories.

Karina Butler

Chair, ESPID 2014 Meeting

​On behalf of the Local Organising and International Scientific Committees

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