2024 Symposium on Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases

Last updated on 11-4-2024 by Cassandre Dugailliez

Thu, 16/05/2024 - 09:00 to 16:00

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Organised by Sciensano, under the auspices of the Belgian Association for Public Health (BAPH).

Sciensano organises each year a scientific seminar about “Diagnostic and surveillance of infectious diseases”.

The seminar provides an up-to-date overview of various topics concerning infectious diseases such as surveillance, prevention, treatment and management of epidemics, at national and international level. It is aimed at any healthcare provider with an interest in infectious diseases: microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, hygienists, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, public health personnel …


You can attend the event on site (300 seats available) or online.

​Register now!


08:30 Registration with walking breakfast & visit of stands

Session 1 | Chairs: Erika Vlieghe (UAntwerp) & Jorgen Stassijns (Sciensano) 

09:00 Welcome address

09:15  New vaccines in the market | S. Callens, UZGent

09:45  Unveiling Infectious Diseases: The Power of next generation sequencing | M. Fliss, University of Groningen

10:10  Cluster of cysticercosis in a school | A. Devos, Department Zorg

10:35  Respi-radar: a tool to monitor respiratory infections | G. De Muylder, Sciensano 

11:10-11:30 Coffee break & visit of stands

Session 2 | Chairs: Nicolas Dauby (CHU Saint Pierre Bruxelles) & Adrae Taame (Cocom)

11:30  Indications of molecular diagnosis for respiratory pathogens: update on the current situation | R. Naesens, Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen

11:55 Diphteria: clinical picture and management of cases | C. Martin, CHU Saint Pierre Brussels

12:20 Diphteria among asylum seekers: outbreak management inside a reception center | J.F. Léonard, AVIQ

12:45-14:00 Lunch and poster session 

Session 3 | Chairs: Steven Van Gucht (Sciensano) & Rémy Demeester (CHU Charleroi)

14:00 Best poster presentation 

14:10 Clinical impact of a direct rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dRAST) | C. Fontaine, CHBA Seraing

14:35 West Nile virus and Dengue in South Europe: epidemiology and public health response | H. Devalk, Santé Publique France 

15:05 Increase of invasive group A Streptococcus infections | P. Smeesters, ULBruxelles 

15:35  Increase in gonorrhea : overview of the situation | A. Lecompte, Sciensano

15:45 Closing address and end of seminar

Abstract submission

Abstracts on the theme of infectious diseases (microbiology, epidemiology, clinical trials), may be submitted before 2 April 2024. The most interesting abstract will be selected for a short oral presentation in the afternoon session (see program). Abstracts which have already been presented at an international conference may be also submitted.

During the coffee breaks and lunch, a dedicated area will be set aside for the display of posters.

New this year: a short oral presentation of the posters (1 minute presentation) will be organised during the 2nd half of the lunch break.

Abstracts must be sent to stephanie.jacquinet@sciensano.be before 2 April 2024. Please let us know when sending the abstract if it has already been presented elsewhere.

The organising committee reserves the right to make a selection from the proposals received if there are too many applications (maximum 25 posters) or to refuse a poster if the content is deemed inappropriate.

Abstract rules

  • Abstracts can only be submitted in English.
  • The text of the entire abstract including the title must not exceed 350 words
  • Abstracts should be structured in the following sections :
    • Background/Aims
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
  • Authors list: first name(s) initial(s), last name, institution, town and country. Please omit titles and degrees.
  • Abbreviations may be used if standard or if spelled out and defined at the first use.
  • Abstracts may not include tables, graphics and pictures.
  • No references are allowed.


Accreditation is being requested for ethics and economics (morning) and workshop (afternoon).

More info? Please contact ssid@sciensano.be (02/642.57.37).

Previous events

2023 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2022 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2021 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2019 Symposium on Infectious Diseases

2018 Symposium on Infectious Diseases


3 Rue de la Régence
salle de conférence des Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts
1000 Bruxelles


€ 100 (hele dag + lunch) | € 40 (online)


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