The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) is looking forward to organizing the 7th edition of its ESWI Influenza Conferences in Valencia, Spain, on 6-9 December 2020. Over the past years, the ESWI Influenza Conferences have grown into the largest European scientific conferences dedicated to influenza. This edition also welcomes abstract submission on RSV disease and COVID-19.

In keeping with its excellent scientific reputation, the upcoming seventh edition will give the floor to the most renowned Influenza virus , RSV and SARS-CoV-2 scientists, public health experts and healthcare professionals.

Registrations are now open !

Be smart – register early and save: take advantage of Early Bird Fees until 25 September 2020

Your ticket gives access to all sessions – including plenary satellite symposia, the Welcome Reception on 6 December, the Poster Networking Session on 7 December and the Farewell Diner on 8 December at a lovely masia outside Valencia.

Building on the success of previous ESWI meetings, #ESWI2020 will feature a wide range of sessions and learning opportunities, showcasing the latest research and developments in the influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19 field.

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Call for abstracts


These lectures and posters will be integrated as an integral part of the programme.

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Call for abstracts


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Why should influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19 experts meet?

1. From a clinical perspective

  • Influenza virus, RSV, SARS-CoV-2 cause similar disease
  • Influenza and RSV disease and COVID-19 hit the elderly hardest

2. From a pathogenesis perspective

  • Clear overlaps as well as clear differences
  • Resulting in major implications for intervention strategies

3. From an intervention strategies perspective (vaccines, antivirals and biological response modifiers)

  • Intervention strategies for influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19 are improving and emerging
  • Prospects for:
    • Combined diagnostics/ management strategies
    • Combined vaccination strategies
    • Biological response modifiers: similar pathogeneses resulting in similar approaches

4. From a policy perspective

  • Overlapping epidemic and pandemic preparedness strategies
  • Reimbursement policies for both influenza and RSV intervention strategies are crucial


Questions and answers

Yes, registration for ESWI 2020 is open. Early bird registration closes on 25 September.

Yes, the deadline for abstract submission is now set on 7 August 2020. 

Every oral and poster presentation is required to have a registered author. So at least one author should register and pay the participation fee. Any author who is impacted by a travel ban, will be allowed to do a remote presentation. The exact process for remote oral and poster presentations will be announced in August 2020.

In case of cancellation before 4th September 2020, ESWI will refund the applicant 50% of the registration fee. On or after 4th September 2020, no refund will be payable to the applicant.

For registration:
Dagmar de Graef dagmar@semiotics.be

For Scientific programme, abstract and presentation questions:
Annick Mannaerts annick.mannaerts@eswi.org

For travel and visa questions:
Elina Martin elina@semiotics.be

Young Scientist Fund

Since some of the best and most innovative ideas come from young scientists, ESWI continues to actively encourage the careers of young researchers.

Through the Young Scientist Fund, ESWI provides grants to young scientists, thus contributing to Europe’s continued leading scientific base in Influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19 research.

Wednesday 9 December 2020 will open with a plenary session entirely devoted to the work of promising scientists. In past editions, these plenaries were highly appreciated in the influenza community, mainly due to their innovative and refreshing nature.

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6 reasons to attend the seventh ESWI Influenza Conference

  1. Attendees will be offered a flexible programme with different sessions to choose from, covering topics from diagnostic approaches and mathematic modelling to healthcare policy and basic virology.
  2. An attractive programme of parallel sessions, keynote lectures, satellite symposia, plenary meetings and poster sessions covers all relevant scientific disciplines and focusses on new developments and state-of-the-art in the influenza and RSV fields.
  3. The conference will see a new edition of the Science Policy Interface track, a separate, tailor-made programme for public health officials and opinion leaders in healthcare work where experts will address some of the most intriguing issues, while distinguishing public health professionals will share their insights and expierience.
  4. Excellent peer discussion forum on lessons of COVID-19 for future pandemics.
  5. Networking - the key to progress in science: interdisciplinary discussions inspire new ideas and new collaborations.
  6. Discover Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, a captivating cultural mix of ultramodern architecture and mediaeval magic. And the birthplace of the iconic Spanish dish, paella.

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