Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is our great pleasure and honour to invite you 39th annual congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology that will be held in Dresden, Germany, from July 01 – 04, 2018.
Tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant TB rates are still extraordinary and TB represents a global health threat. This has been further emphasized by the G20 heads of states Communique that included TB as health priority as well as the recent WHO statement on priority pathogens. Indeed, drug-resistant TB is responsible for one-third of the world’s antimicrobial resistance related deaths pointing to the importance of the fight against DR, multidrug resistant (MDR) and extremely drug resistant (XDR) TB.
This underlines the need to strengthen TB capacity building, basic and translational research in a collaborative effort. To foster this, the ESM congress 2018 aims to promote contacts between colleagues, to enable networking, exchange of knowledge and experiences, to update information in relevant and current topics, and to present new, unreckoned, fundamental, but also preliminary data.
The scientific program of the 39th ESM meeting will cover various topics of mycobacteriology: from basic science and up-to-date diagnostic methods to clinical aspects, treatment and transmission of mycobacterial infections.
Dresden is located in the valley of the River Elbe and has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony. The city is known as “Jewel Box” due to its marvellous baroque and rococo city centre, also providing cultural highlights as the Semper Oper or more than 12 museums. Dresden also developed as a cultural, educational and political centre of Germany and Europe and the Dresden University of Technology is one of the 10 largest universities in Germany and part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative.
We are not only looking forward to a stimulating congress but also to friendly and casual get-togethers in a beautiful environment.
Looking forward to see you all in Dresden, Germany.
The Scientific Committee
Daniela M. Cirillo - Sabine Hofmann-Thiel - Katharina Kranzer - Stefan Niemann - Albert Nienhaus