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2017 Archive12 Mar 2017Methods and tools for evidence-based decision-making in health care and public health

Duration

4 consecutive days  

Objectives

 

The main objectives are:

To understand the principles of evidence-based health care and public health.

To get to know the methods and main tools.

To apply the principles, methods and tools using real life examples.  

Target audience

It is an introductory course targeted at beginners. Specific knowledge and practical experience with methods and tools of evidence-based health care and public health are not needed. However, some basic epidemiological knowledge is helpful to fully benefit from the training.

Find more about this course in FEM Wiki.

2017 Archive17 Nov 2016Prevention and control of TB (incl. MDR TB) among vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups and migrants

Dates / duration

2017-2018

Approximately 5 days

Location

Bulgaria

Objectives

 

The main objectives are:

  • To provide support to the five World Health Organization TB high priority countries in the EU (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania);
  • To improve the identification of TB cases among vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups.

Target audience

Health care workers with different background working in TB prevention and care.

Learn more about this course in FEM Wiki.

2017 Archive17 Nov 2016 Advanced training in TB laboratory diagnosis for Support Experts

Dates / duration

2017-2018

Approximately 12 days distributed over two years

Location

London (UK), Milan (Italy)

Objectives

 

The main objectives are:

  • To offer a comprehensive programme of advanced training in modern methods in TB laboratory diagnosis and laboratories/networks assessment to a dedicated group of Support Experts aimed on creation of new cadre of senior TB laboratory specialists to support and complement existing Senior Scientists and Laboratory Directors across the network and beyond

Target audience

Qualified TB Laboratory Specialists

Learn more about this course in FEM Wiki.

2017 Archive9 Nov 2016FWDEEP programme for learning opportunities through a twinning format

Dates / duration

2 to 5 days visit. Flexibility in dates

Location

Hosted by an institution in an EU/EEA country, identified in advance by the applicant

Objectives

 

Main objectives are:

  • To build the development of high quality analytical and technical capacity and capability in national public health reference laboratories
  • To share knowledge and expertise between the host country and the beneficiary
  • To improve the detection, investigation and response to emerging food and waterborne and zoonotic disease outbreaks

Target audience

All technical experts working in an EU/EEA public health institute or laboratory at the national, regional or local level

Find more about this course in FEM Wiki.

2018 Archive22 May 2018Public Health Emergency Preparedness Pilot Course

           

2018 Archive17 Apr 2018Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training (2nd Edition)

           

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Welcome to the Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training (2nd Edition) - BAM2018. The course is jointly organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Police Office (EUROPOL).

If you were nominated by your Country, you have received a password to participate in the selection of this course. Please complete the application form to submit your candidature. Thank you!

2019 Archive1 Oct 2019Public Health Genomics: and Introduction (2019 b-learning edition)

The overall aim of this workshop is to learn the basic concepts and methods of public health genomics and acquire basic skills for use of open- access tools for integrated analysis and visualisation of WGS and epidemiological data as well as participate in multidisciplinary interpretation of results to inform disease control.

The training course covers 8 key areas: 

  • Basics of viral/bacterial genomics, genome structure and evolution
  • Next Generation Sequencing technology overview 
  • Principles of sequence comparisons, SNP and MLST analysis 
  • Phylogeny: different types of trees, how to read a tree, terminology for branches and leaves 
  • Epidemiological and phenotypic inference from WGS data 
  • Public health benefits of real-time WGS-enhanced surveillance for outbreak detection and response 
  • How to establish a WGS-enhanced national surveillance system 
  • Outbreak Case studies (FWD, AMR) using online WGS/epidemiological data integrated analysis and visualisation tools

Target audience Public health professionals with microbiology and/or epidemiology backgrounds who are conducting laboratory-based surveillance and using molecular typing data for surveillance of communicable diseases and who are planning to implement integration and use of WGS data for national surveillance in 2019 or later in their Member State.

2019 Archive19 Apr 2019Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training (3rd Edition)

           

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Welcome to the Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training (3rd Edition, for training specialists) - BAM2019. The course is jointly organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Police Office (EUROPOL).

If you were nominated by your Country, you have received a password to participate in the selection of this course. Please complete the application form to submit your candidature. Thank you!

2019 Archive6 Feb 2019Winter Workshop 2019 - First edition

The overall aim of this course is to strengthen capacity in the application of scientific principles and concepts to inform and influence policy making decisions related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases among public health specialists in Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic Area (EEA). 

This includes knowledge of retrieval, analysis and appraisal of evidence from all data sources so that participants can make an informed decision about its quality and relevance for their work, and building participants’ skills in designing knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies to support evidence-informed decision making (EIDM). 

The course will bring together country experts to exchange experiences, views and gain skills on how to inform policy makers in relation to detection, preparedness, assessment and control of public health threats with a cross-border dimension at the EU-level in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. It focuses primarily on the process of gathering and communicating a body of evidence, rather than the process of taking decisions based on this evidence.

2019 Archive1 Oct 2018Senior Exchange 2018/2019

The Senior Exchange Initiative provides the participants with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other EU countries, and allows the host sites to share their experience, and build closer links to other institutions. The initiative aims at creating a network and trust among colleagues and supporting the European dimension in public health through cooperation and training.

The exchange visits are self-organised, meaning the visiting expert and the host site agree on topics, scope and objectives, and should be scheduled for about one week. ECDC funds travel, accommodation and per diem.

2020 catalogue31 Dec 2020Ad hoc training (on need-basis) during emergencies (pandemic clause)- Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunisation Programmes (VPI)

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

TBD

Target audience  

TBD

Description  

The training will take place during emergencies, pandemics or outbreaks and will be provided on a need-basis for ECDC professional networks. The training will be activated in unusual situations based on ECDC assessment and request. 
 
Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue31 Dec 2020VectorNet Training by ECDC and EFSA

Dates / duration  

TBD 

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

The final objectives of the training will be agreed upon by ECDC and EFSA based on the assessment of the training needs.

Target audience  

The target participants for this training will be public health or animal health experts from the EU/EEA countries, the EU Enlargement countries and the European Neighbourhood Policy partner countries. The participants will be selected following ECDC and/or EFSA procedures, through contacts with national focal points/network members. The number of participants or trainings will depend on the needs and the available resources.

Description  

The topics for the trainings will be based on the training needs identified in various domains. The training will address vector surveillance, vector control or other related topics, such as the seasonality and abundance of various vector species.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue16 Nov 2020Control of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in healthcare settings

Dates / duration 

November 2020

Location 

Stockholm, Sweden

Objectives / Learning Outcomes  

 

The scope of the course is to strengthen capacity in EU Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA) in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute health care settings and to promote the broad implementation of appropriate measures in the EU. The objectives of the course are to encourage and promote team building of professionals with responsibilities and interest in prevention and control of HAIs and to share knowledge and best practices in the field of infection control.

The topics covered by the course will include:

  • Introduction to MDROs from microbiological and epidemiological perspectives;
  • Laboratory investigations and methods (identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, good laboratory practice);
  • Antibiotic stewardship (antibiotic policies, measures for improvement of prescribing)
  • Infection control principles (evidence based practice, effective infection control interventions and measures);
  • Surveillance of HAIs
  • Application to practice (application of interventions to control MDROs in health care settings, transparent reporting of outbreaks and interventions). 

Target audience  

The target audience are health care professionals from EU/EEA member states with current or future responsibility for prevention and control of HAIs working at national or local level. Typically, these are mid-career professionals involved in infection control programmes to prevent HAIs at hospital level: Infection control/hospital hygiene practitioners; Hospital physicians/specialist physicians; Hospital epidemiologists; Clinical microbiologists; Public health microbiologists.

 Description  
The program is designed to strengthen capacity in EU Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA) in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute health care settings and to promote the broad implementation of appropriate measures in the EU.

The course will be delivered using blended learning, with pre-course activities and three days face to face course. The course will be delivered in English.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue13 Oct 2020Active Tuberculosis (TB) case finding in migrants - Online Workshop

Dates / duration

 13-14 October, 2020

Location

Virtual

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the latest scientific findings, guidelines and recommendations on active tuberculosis (TB) case finding in migrants. 
  • Understand diverse experiences and good practices from different country approaches in active TB case finding in migrants. 
  • Identify various approaches on how to overcome the challenges in active TB case finding in migrants. 

Target audience  

Professionals working in TB prevention and control who have the responsibility for screening policy and guidelines e.g. the NTP manager. The workshop is also aimed for those with actual experience in the organisation and implementation of active case finding e.g. public health physicians. 

The workshop will have a total of 18 participants from  Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

Description  

This workshop is part of the project "Country support for TB elimination in Europe" through which ECDC seeks to support the EU & EEA Member States to build capacity in TB prevention and control by providing opportunities for technical and scientific exchange.

Note: 
This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the national focal point of the respective disease programme which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Oct 2020Public Health Genomics: an introduction (2020 b-learning edition) (TBD)

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

Stockholm, Sweden 

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completion of the workshop, the participants should be able to: 

  • Understand the basics, strengths and limitations of microbial WGS and its applications for epidemiological and phenotypic inference in outbreak investigations and surveillance 
  • Generate, describe and interpret phylogenetic trees in the context of epidemiological investigations
  • Learn about and use online software tools available for WGS applications to national surveillance
  • Based on the content of the workshop, prepare a dissemination activity to cascade learning and prepare routine application of WGS in their institutions

The training course covers 8 key areas:

  • Basics of viral/bacterial genomics, genome structure and evolution
  • Next Generation Sequencing technology overview
  • Principles of sequence comparisons, SNP and MLST analysis
  • Phylogeny: different types of trees, how to read a tree, terminology for branches and leaves
  • Epidemiological and phenotypic inference from WGS data
  • Public health benefits of real-time WGS-enhanced surveillance for outbreak detection and response
  • How to establish a WGS-enhanced national surveillance system
  • Outbreak Case studies (FWD, AMR) using online WGS/epidemiological data integrated analysis and visualisation tools 

Target audience  

The target audience is a mix of 20 trainees including pairs of epidemiologists in charge of surveillance and National Reference Laboratory (NRL) microbiology experts in charge of molecular surveillance in the 10 Member States that lack  Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) capability (NMFP 2017 survey) and/or have been asking specifically ECDC for opportunity to take WGS training (ECoSuM survey ...)

Description  

This training includes a review of the principles, applications and limits of WGS for surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance at national level and in related ECDC operational work. There will be practical sessions with exercises of online sequence data analysis and visualisation and interactive multidisciplinary discussions aiming at using integrated epidemiological analysis tools to contextualise and interpret WGS data for public health risk assessment. The training will also address the basics of viral/microbial genomics, structure and evolution analogised next Generation Sequencing (NGS), principles of sequence comparisons, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) and Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) analysis. The principles of phylogeny (different types of trees, how to read a tree), epidemiological and phenotypic inference from WGS data and public health benefits of real-time WGS-enhanced surveillance for outbreak detection will also be covered. The course will also included surveillance and outbreak Case studies using online visualisation tools: Food and Waterborne Diseases (FWB), Tuberculosis (TB), Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). 

The course will be delivered using blended learning, with pre-course activities and face to face course. The course will be delivered in English.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Oct 2020Design and conduct of an In-action review to consider the response to COVID-19

Dates / duration  

1.5 days, September 2020

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon the completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Determine the goals and objectives of the existing policies for infection control and treatment guidance. 
  • Determine the goals and objectives of the existing policies for population-based disease control. 
  • Understand the mechanisms for adapting and flexibly implementing infectious disease policies in a way that incorporates evolving scientific information during a disease outbreak.  

Target audience  

The target audience for this competency based training are those experts at the local, country or regional (international) levels working in public health preparedness who may act as operational leads designing and implementing the preparedness response strategy at national and if appropriate sub-national level. 

Description  

The training is part of a modular course designed to inform those involved in coordinating the response to a public health emergency. For each module, the training lasts approximately 4 hours and is a mixture of short lectures, scenario based group discussions and interactive activities designed to address the learning objectives. The training will also include an introductory and evaluation session. 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Sep 2020Emergency Preparedness Capabilities: Policy development, adaptation, and implementation (Module 1) Q3

Dates / duration  

1.5 days, September 2020

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon the completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Determine the goals and objectives of the existing policies for infection control and treatment guidance. 
  • Determine the goals and objectives of the existing policies for population-based disease control. 
  • Understand the mechanisms for adapting and flexibly implementing infectious disease policies in a way that incorporates evolving scientific information during a disease outbreak.  

Target audience  

The target audience for this competency based training are those experts at the local, country or regional (international) levels working in public health preparedness who may act as operational leads designing and implementing the preparedness response strategy at national and if appropriate sub-national level. 

Description  

The training is part of a modular course designed to inform those involved in coordinating the response to a public health emergency. For each module, the training lasts approximately 4 hours and is a mixture of short lectures, scenario based group discussions and interactive activities designed to address the learning objectives. The training will also include an introductory and evaluation session. 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Sep 2020Emergency Preparedness Capabilities: Detection and Assessment (Module 2) Q3

Dates / duration  

1.5 days, September 2020

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

This training is one of the building blocks of the preparedness courses:  (list of courses)

It is designed to inform those involved in coordinating the response to a public health emergency.

After completing this training, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the goals and objectives of the major elements of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Detection Assessment, including incident recognition, risk characterisation, epidemiological investigation, surveillance and epidemiological monitoring, and laboratory analysis.
  • Understand the implications of epidemiological reports and other information concerning an emerging infection for policy development and implementation and for emergency risk communication.
  • Assess when information about an emerging outbreak requires international communication and coordination. 

Target audience  

The target audience for this competency based training are those experts at the local, country or regional (international) levels working in public health preparedness who may act as operational leads designing and implementing the preparedness response strategy at national and if appropriate sub-national level. 

Description  

The training is organised in modules lasting approximately 4 hours each. The training will also include an introductory and evaluation session. There are a mixture of short lectures, scenario based group discussions and interactive activities designed to address the learning objectives. Participant inclusion in this module is not premised on the participation in the previous training (module 1). 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020Food and Waterborne Diseases Expert Exchange Programme (FWDEEP)

Dates / duration  

Multiple ad hoc visits will to take place during the entire year

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

At the end of the exchange the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relevant epidemiological methods and how they interact with the laboratory results.
  • Understand the quality assurance principles and processes in a laboratory, including requirements for accreditation.
  • Organise a multidisciplinary response for the outbreak investigation, management and prevention of FWD diseases including Legionnaires' disease.

Target audience  

The FWDEEP is open to all technical experts working in an EU/EEA public health institute or laboratory at the national, regional or local level. Each applicant is required to provide a written support from the relevant National Focal Point (NFP) or National Coordinator (NC) of his/her country to qualify for participation. 

Professional profiles of applicants may include epidemiologist, microbiologist, laboratory technician, bioinformatician, quality assurance expert or any other public health expert fulfilling the national interest for capacity building. 

The selected participants should have expertise in one or more of the diseases covered by the ECDC Food and waterborne diseases and zoonoses mandate (anthrax, botulism, brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, echinococcosis, giardiasis, hepatitis A, Legionnaires’ disease, leptospirosis, listeriosis,  salmonellosis, shigellosis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tularaemia, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin -producing Escherichia coli infection (STEC/VTEC), and yersiniosis).

Description  

Individual experts will spend a period of 2-5 days in a selected host site and receive on-the-job training. After the exchange, each participant is expected to cascade newly gained knowledge to their colleagues in their respective home country. The participants are expected to have an impact on improving public health laboratory capability, surveillance, as well as detection and response to food-and-waterborne as well as zoonotic disease outbreaks. 

The applicants will select a host site in advance by using a free match approach. The selected host institute must be a public health entity within an EU/EEA Member State e.g. a public health institute or public health laboratory. Exchange visits must be between two EU/EEA countries. The candidate will present a plan on how the acquired skills/knowledge will be cascaded further within his/her country, and how participating in this activity will add public health value in the EU/EEA.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment Training (Q3/4)

Dates / duration  

September/October 2020

Location  

Stockholm

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

After completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognise components (steps) involved in conducting a rapid risk assessment. 
  • Describe what is expected to be done in each step.
  • Contribute to a team effort for rapid risk assessment production. 

Target audience  

Health professionals from the ECDC response networks. 

Description  

The course will focus on the basics in planning, conducting and generating rapid risk assessments through the introduction of concepts, principles and succession of actions. At the end of the course, the learner will have sufficient knowledge and basic skills to be involved in a team producing rapid risk assessments. The course will follow the model of introduce, demonstrate, exercise and reflect.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020Tuberculosis (TB) large capacity building workshops

Dates / duration  

27-29 January, 2020

Location  

Lisbon, Portugal 

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon the completion of this training, the participants will be able to:
  • To diagnose tuberculosis (TB) through the isolation and characterisation of mycobacteria in order to support public health initiatives (e.g. molecular typing). 
  • To coordinate national TB laboratory networks. 

Target audience  

Participants identified within the network 

Description  

The training seeks to strengthen capacity in Member States with regard to laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis. The program will be developed under the European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis (ERLTB-Net; ECDC/GRANT/2018/001), by the consortium of partners managing the implementation of activities based on identified needs of the network.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020Tuberculosis (TB) small capacity building workshops (TBD)

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon the completion of this training, the participants will be able to:
  • To diagnose tuberculosis (TB) through the isolation and characterisation of mycobacteria in order to support public health initiatives (e.g. molecular typing). 
  • To coordinate national TB laboratory networks. 

Target audience  

Participants identified within the network 

Description  

The training seeks to strengthen capacity in Member States with regard to laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis. The program will be developed under the European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis (ERLTB-Net; ECDC/GRANT/2018/001), by the consortium of partners managing the implementation of activities based on identified needs of the network.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020ECDC Laboratory twining in the area of pertussis

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes 

To develop the capacity of laboratories that could benefit from learning new techniques

Target audience  

Primarily laboratory operational contact points of the disease network relevant to the area of pertussis as well as nominated experts from the Member States.

Description  

In 2020, ECDC Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) programme is planning to implement hands-on laboratory training activities in the area of pertussis. 
The individual training needs will be determined by the distribution of a questionnaire survey. A strong demand for training on the application of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for IBD surveillance is expected. The survey will be sent out by the coordinators and it will assess which laboratories offer training and who expresses training needs in particular fields. 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020Wet lab course- Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunisation Programmes (VPI) (TBD)

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

Thessaloniki, Greece

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

After completing this course, the participants will be able to:
  • Develop capacity in specific knowledge, skills and techniques with a focus on influenza and other respiratory viruses.  

Target audience 

One person per network laboratory and a maximum of 10 selected representatives of the national influenza reference laboratories from EU/EEA countries. 

Selection will be through the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza (ERLI-Net). 

Description  

Wet lab course focusing on virus detection, virus characterisation, virus isolation and bioinformatics.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue9 Jun 2020Tuberculosis staff exchange visits (TBD)

Dates / duration  

TBD

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon the completion of this course, the participants will be able to:
  • Utilize more TB laboratory diagnosis techniques (isolation and characterisation of Mycobaterium) when supporting public health activities (e.g. molecular typing) and coordinating national TB laboratory networks. 

Target audience  

The training activities are only open to nominated network members or to their replacements.

Description  

This training is supported by the consortium of partners under the European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis (ERLTB-Net).

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Jun 2020ECDC HIV Modelling Portal

Dates / duration  

June 2020

Location  

Sofia, Bulgaria

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the ECDC HIV modelling portal
  • Develop the ability to use the ECDC HIV Modelling portal for HIV data management
  • Utilise the ECDC HIV Modelling portal for the estimation of incidence, prevalence and number of people living with undiagnosed HIV 

Target audience  

 Epidemiologists responsible for HIV surveillance at national public health institutes.

Description  

This hands-on training will introduce the HIV Modelling Portal and lead participants through hands-on exercises to enable HIV epidemiologists and surveillance scientists to adjust their HIV surveillance data for missingness and reporting delay, and to estimate HIV incidence, prevalence and the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2020 catalogue26 May 2020Motivating population to vaccinate – strengthen communication skills for primary healthcare professionals

Dates / duration  

2-3 Days

Location  

Various Member States 

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

After completing this training, the participants will be able to:

  • Apply communication skills based on behavioural theory, use motivational interview techniques and address fake news including social media to motivate population to vaccinate. 

Target audience  

Trainers involved in training of primary healthcare professionals in vaccination related topics at the national level in EU Member States who are capable of cascading the training at sub-national levels in their respective Member States. 

Description  

The training will build capacity among Member States to address vaccine hesitancy by training trainers of primary healthcare professionals. 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue2 May 2020Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training (4th Edition) (Q2)

Dates / duration  

Q 2 for 1.5 days

Location  

TBD

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Develop the ability to cascade training in the national institution for a wide audience of first and second responders. 
  • Increase familiarity with the training material, developing the ability to tailor the material for a specific national or local context.
  • Develop a specific plan on how the future training in their country will be deployed in order to train others in the following areas:
  1. Requirements of effective staff biorisk protection from the perspectives of different sectors/disciplines
  2. Comprehensive view on available options when conceiving an occupation safety system for different scenarios (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical counter measures)
Understand the capabilities and limitations of basic protective equipment in case of a biorisk involving event

Target audience  

The target audience includes representatives of the following main areas of activity: civil protection (e.g. Firefighters), law enforcement (e.g. Police, Border control, Customs) and health emergency services (e.g. Paramedics, Nurses, Emergency physicians, Red cross). The participants should have a role as training managers or as trainers.

Description  

This course is jointly organized by Europol and ECDC, the one-and-a-half-day train-the-trainers course involves presentations, scenario-based discussions in groups of multidisciplinary teams, demonstrations and practice about correct use of PPE and exchange of experience, working groups activities and short trainings mock-delivered by the attendees. The training will also include practical “how to” information on the planning, organisation and execution of this type of learning activity.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue30 Jan 2020Methods and tools for evidence-based public health (Q1 and Q2)

Dates / duration  

27th - 30th January, 2020 and Q 2 (May) 2020

Location  

Stockholm, Sweden

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Define evidence-based practice in the context of public health 
  • Understand the meaning and implications of evidence-based in decision-making 
  • Describe the characteristics and key elements of a systematic review 
  • Understand the differences between systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Apply all relevant steps of a systematic review and meta-analysis by themselves
  • Develop their skills on critical appraisal and risk of bias assessment 
  • Formulate evidence-based recommendations and guidelines 
  • Utilise the set of checklists and tools provided to facilitate evidence-based practice 

Target audience  

This is course is available for ECDC staff and Public Health professionals in the EU/EEA. The course can be taken by colleagues of all grades and expert level. The course is especially recommended for those involved in critical review, development and/or commissioning risk assessments and guidance documents based on systematic reviews.

Being an introductory course, the participants do not need to have any prior knowledge in evidence-based methods. However, participants with basic knowledge in epidemiology (e.g. different study designs) tend to benefit more from the training. 

Description  

The training workshop will have a mix of lectures and exercises to stimulate interaction and active involvement. Over the four days, the participants will work in small groups on all steps of a systematic review, from the development of a structured question to searching and selecting published and grey evidence. The critical appraisal and risk of bias assessment of single studies of different study type, extraction and summary, including meta-analysis. The grading of a body of evidence, and finally present the results of their work on the last course day. The participants will receive plenty of tips on techniques and tools, and hands-on training which will facilitate the use of evidence-based methods in their daily work.


Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2020 catalogue27 Jan 2020Winter Workshop 2020: The science of using science to support policy making

Dates / duration  

28-30th January 2020

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the Winter Workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify research evidence as one of many factors that can influence policy making
  • Describe and interpret the main challenges PH professionals encounter in their MS to use science to inform policy makers at the national or local level
  • Share examples, from their own experience, of interventions that have effectively informed policy making for detection/assessment, preparedness, response/control or recovery in the field of infectious diseases
  • Identify relevant resources and tools to identify and evaluate different kinds of evidence, especially systematic reviews and high-quality single studies
  • Identify evidence-based mechanisms to enhance and support the use of research evidence in policy making, including communication strategies
  • Design a plan to enhance and support the use of research evidence to inform policy making in their member state, integrating communication approaches
  • Prepare an activity to cascade learning in their institutions or country of origin based on the content of the workshop.

Target audience  

Professionals with public health background who have an interest in getting familiar with the tools, standards and practices adopted at technical level for the early detection at EU and international level.

Description  

The overall aim of this course is to strengthen capacity in the application of scientific principles and concepts to inform and influence policy making decisions related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases among public health specialists in Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic Area (EEA). This includes knowledge of retrieval, analysis and appraisal of evidence from all data sources so that participants can make an informed decision about its quality and relevance for their work, and building participants’ skills in designing knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies to support evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

The full course comprises three modules focused on core activities and key concepts aligned with the learning objectives:

  • Module 1 (pre-workshop online package)
  • Module 2 (workshop designed to run for three consecutive days)
  • Module 3 (post-workshop online package).

2020 catalogue20 Jan 2020Active Tuberculosis (TB) case finding in migrants

Dates / duration  

18th - 19th February, 2020

Location  

Athens, Greece

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the latest scientific findings, guidelines and recommendations on active tuberculosis (TB) case finding in migrants. 
  • Understand diverse experiences and good practices from different country approaches in active TB case finding in migrants. 
  • Identify various approaches on how to overcome the challenges in active TB case finding in migrants. 

Target audience  

Professionals working in TB prevention and control who have the responsibility for screening policy and guidelines e.g. the NTP manager. The workshop is also aimed for those with actual experience in the organisation and implementation of active case finding e.g. public health physicians. 

The workshop will have a total of 18 participants from  Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

Description  

This workshop is part of the project "Country support for TB elimination in Europe" through which ECDC seeks to support the EU & EEA Member States to build capacity in TB prevention and control by providing opportunities for technical and scientific exchange.

Note: 
This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the national focal point of the respective disease programme which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 
2020 catalogue1 Jan 2020Senior Exchange 2020 (Q1-Q4)

Dates / duration  

1st January- 1 December, 2020

 Location 
Different Member States within EU/EEA

Learning objectives

The senior exchange provides the participants with the unique opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other EU countries, and allows the host sites to share their experience, and build closer links to other institutions. The initiative aims at creating a network and trust among colleagues and supporting the European dimension in public health through cooperation.

Target audience  

Senior exchange is targeted to experts working with Public health institutes at the national, regional or local level.

Description  

This training format is based on exchange visits and aims to provide bilateral learning opportunities. The exchange visits are self-organised, meaning the visiting expert and the host site agree on topics, scope and objectives. We ask the visiting expert to share his acquired expertise with others in his/her home country and to report these activities to ECDC.


Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2021 catalogue2 Jul 2021Legionella trends 2019-2020

Date

 June 2021

 Duration  approximately 75 minutes of pre-recorded presentations 

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

After completing watching these video materials the participants of the ELDSNet June 2021 meeting will be able to:

  • Be familiar of the key findings from the ECDC Legionella EQA scheme 2020
  • Be aware of the key findings on Legionella surveillance in France in 2020
  • Be aware of the key findings on Legionella surveillance in Denmark in 2020
  • Be informed about the upcoming changes in the use of EPIS ELDSNet and EpiPulse.

Target audience  

The materials are specifically prepared and exclusively available to Legionella experts members of ELDSNet.

Description  

Classified content related to legionella trends 2019-2020 
2021 catalogue2 Jul 2021Current issues on Legionella – October 2021

Date

 18-19 October 2021

 Duration  Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes of pre-recorded presentations as well as other material

Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  

 

By watching these video materials and reading the available documents the participants of the ELDSNet October 2021 meeting will:

  • Learn about investigation on a LD outbreak in France with an unusual source of contamination
  • Learn about the proposal to update the EU surveillance case definition for LD
  • Be familiar of the key findings from the ECDC Legionella EQA scheme 2021
  • Get an overview of Directive 2020/2184 on water intended for human consumption (DWD)
  • Learn about technical implementation of the DWD for environmental testing for Legionella

Target audience  

The materials are specifically prepared and exclusively available to the participants of ELDSNet October 2021 meeting 

Description  

Classified content related to current issues on Legionella. 
2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020Tuberculosis small capacity-building workshop

Dates/duration

February 2021/1 day

Location

Instructor-led web-based course

Objectives/learning outcomes

Upon completion of the remote on-line training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the definition of resistant and susceptible strains and the principles on which proportional method for drug susceptibility testing is based;
  • define key concepts related to drug susceptibility testing;
  • familiarise with the criteria for determining critical concentrations to test new compounds;
  • familiarise with the latest WHO recommendations on MDR-TB and Isoniazid resistant TB treatment;
  • understand the role of drug susceptibility testing for non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in clinical practice.

Target audience

Participants identified within the network. TB laboratory mid and senior level experts with at least three years of experience working on TB and/or in a microbiology laboratory.

Description

This training seeks to strengthen capacity in Member States with regard to the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The program is developed under the European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis (ERLTB-Net, ECDC/GRANT/2018/001) by the consortium of partners managing the implementation of activities based on the network’s identified needs. Specifically, this course will cover advanced topics in TB laboratory diagnostics, focusing primarily on phenotypic-based drug susceptibility testing for both M. tuberculosis complex and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTMs). This course will provide participants with an overview of the most recent developments in this field, including the latest WHO recommendations on the critical concentrations and clinical breakpoints used for DST and the utility of using the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) in the clinical management of TB patients. This course will also cover the role of drug susceptibility testing in the clinical management of NTM-associated pulmonary disease.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 


2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020Tuberculosis small capacity-building workshop (practical training)

Dates/duration

March 2021 / 2 days

Location

Practical training at San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy (depending on the COVID-19 situation)

Objectives/learning outcomes

Upon completion of the practical training, participants will be able to:

  • perform phenotypic-based drug susceptibility testing (DST) to new and repurposed drugs for MDR-TB treatment;
  • interpret reports from automated systems for DST by using standard and/or extended DST protocols;
  • perform MIC testing for M. tuberculosis using the microdilution methodology;
  • describe the main methodologies used for NTM identification
  • familiarise with the methodologies used for drug susceptibility testing of NTMs.

Target audience

Participants identified within the network. TB laboratory mid and senior level experts with at least three years of experience working on TB and/or in a microbiology laboratory.

Description

This training seeks to strengthen capacity in Member States with regard to the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The program is developed under the European Reference Laboratory Network for Tuberculosis (ERLTB-Net, ECDC/GRANT/2018/001), by the consortium of partners managing the implementation of activities based on identified needs of the network. Specifically, this course will cover advanced topics in TB laboratory diagnostics focusing primarily on phenotypic-based drug susceptibility testing (DST) for both M. tuberculosis complex and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTMs). In this practical training, participants will have the opportunity to perform DST for new and repurposed anti-TB drugs, and MIC testing using both 96-wells microtiter plates and BACTEC Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) 960 system. In addition, the workshop will include a panel discussion in which participants will have the opportunity to share experience and considerations on the implementation of new TB tests into laboratory algorithms, on the impact of new tests on clinical decision-making and therapeutic choices, and on the cost-effectiveness in routine programmatic settings.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020Summer School 2021

Dates/duration  

1 & 2 September 2021 

Location  

This will be an instructor-led web-based course

Objectives/intended learning outcomes  

 

By the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and expectations for supervising fellows in a competency-based fellowship programme
  • Understand the process of scientific review and be able to use the relevant tools to provide scientific feedback on a draft manuscript
  • Understand how to handle social media for public health including managing ‘infodemics’

Target audience  

The target audience for this course includes the Main Supervisors for the Fellowship Programme and the Main Supervisors for the MediPIET Programme.

Description  

The overall aim of this course is to strengthen scientific communication and provide a hands-on experience on how to support authors (e.g., fellows and supervisors) to improve their draft manuscripts.  

The course will include an introduction to the use of social media for public health including how to manage ‘infodemics’ as an element of scientific communication.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment and participation is through invitation. 

2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020Advanced training on epidemic intelligence

Dates/duration

June 2021/10 days

Location  

More information will be provided.

Objectives/intended learning outcomes  

After this course, the participants will be able to understand the steps of epidemic intelligence, perform early threat detection and develop SOP on a national level.

Target audience  

Professionals at local, regional or national level (public health institutes and ministerial level) with a public health background who are already familiar and have experience with the tools, standards and practices adopted at technical level for early detection of health threats.

Description  

This advanced course will focus on development of epidemic intelligence Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on a national level. This will include a training for a better understanding of epidemic intelligence processes in the context of the country of interest, an outline for the SOP, as well as understanding of necessary arrangements for regular documentation and reporting to national public health authorities.

During this course, the participants will be provided with theoretical background, followed by practical part, which involves exercises in smaller groups and shadowing sessions of ECDC’s epidemic intelligence experts.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020ECDC rapid risk assessment training

Dates/duration  

Q3/1.5 to 2 days

Location  

Stockholm or conducted remotely via video conferencing.

Objectives/intended learning outcomes  

 

After completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • recognise components (steps) involved in conducting a rapid risk assessment;
  • describe what is expected to be done in each step;
  • produce a rapid risk assessment within a team setting. 

Target audience  

Public Health professionals from the ECDC response networks. 

Description  

This course will focus on the basics in deciding, planning, conducting and generating rapid risk assessments through the introduction of concepts, principles and succession of actions. At the end of the course, the participant will have sufficient knowledge and basic skills to be involved in a team producing rapid risk assessments. The course will follow the model of ‘introduce, demonstrate, exercise and reflect’.

The course consists of a theoretical part and a group exercise aiming at producing the essential parts of a rapid risk assessment based on a real-life public health event.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

2021 catalogue11 Dec 2020VectorNet: Introduction to entomology for public health and animal health experts

Dates/duration  

Q 3 / 2-3 days

Location  

Cluj-Napoca, Romania (or via video conferencing)

Objectives/intended learning outcomes  

In a One Health approach, the training will provide basic knowledge about entomology to support the assessment of events.

Target audience 

Public health experts and animal health experts from EU/EEA Member States will be invited. 

Description  

More information about the course will be provided at a later date.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States. 

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