Sepsis and Severe Infections

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: January 21-22, 2020

Master Class Directors: 

Ricard FERRER MD, PhD, Head of Intensive Care Department / SODIR Research group-VHIR, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron; Associate Professor University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Chair of Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis (SIS) Section, ESICM

Pedro PÓVOA MD, PhD, Coordinator of the Polyvalent Intensive Care Unit, Hospital de São Francisco Xavier, CHLO, Lisbon, Associate Professor NOVA Medical School, CEDOC, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Research Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark; Chair of Infection (INF) Section, ESICM

Learn more about the master class faculty here

Accreditation: The Sepsis and Severe Infections, Brussels, Belgium, 21/01/2020-22/01/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 13 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Endorsement:  The Master Class is endorsed by the Infection Section and the Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis Section, ESICM.

Compliance: Event compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice

Sepsis and Severe Infections is a 2-day master class blending techniques that encourage maximum learning. Special attention is given to interactive activities, case-based discussions, bedside learning, workshops and problem-oriented approach. Pre-course materials will be available for study prior to the master class.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Meet top experts on sepsis and infections
  • Improve your competences in the field
  • Enjoy new learning formats that will impact your knowldege, skills, motivation and attitude in the ICU setting
  • Exchange best practice
  • Network with peers and experts from all over Europe and beyond
  • An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event


  • To review the current knowledge of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of infections and sepsis
  • To reinforce participants’ knowledge of recognition, source identification and initial treatment (antibiotics, organ support and fluid therapy)
  • To manage correctly the (frequent and less frequent) infections in the ICU setting
  • To employ the antibiotic stewardship: PKPD of antibiotics, biomarkers, duration and de-escalation of antibiotic therapy as well as preventive strategies
  • To diagnose and manage septic shock
  • To understand the role of adjuvant therapies (safety, tolerability and impact)

Programme Content

  • Epidemiology
  • Recognition and Source Identification
  • Initial Treatment and Bundles
  • Major Infections (lung, abdominal, urinary tract)
  • Other infections (meningitis, endocarditis, skin infections)
  • Antibiotic Stewardship from empirical to directed therapy
  • Septic Shock
  • Adjuvant Therapies

Who should attend this master class?

  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive refresher course
  • Intensive care trainees/residents seeking a training course on the integrated approach of a septic patient
  • Intensive care medicine and internal medicine MDs with a keen interest in sepsis and infections in the ICU
  • Researchers needing a better understanding of the clinical perspective of the management of sepsis and severe infections

Group registration

  • ESICM offers 20% discount for two or more participants registering from the same centre. For more details contact

Master Class Incentive

ESICM rewards your fidelity! If you have attended 5 or more master classes in Brussels during the past two years you can benefit from ONE free registration to any of the future master classes held at the ESICM Training Centre. Contact us here for further details:

Highlights from the 2020 edition

The second edition of the Sepsis and Severe Infections master class has just wrapped up.  A total of 9 experts and 43 participants from 16 countries came together at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels for this master class. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • International public, different international approaches; The small group discussions, and patient cases
  • Excellent quality of lectures
  • Open minded and friendly approach and a great load of information. Despite the class had over 40 participants, everyone could participate and ask questions, there was a time for it in groups as well as in the whole class activities. On the other hand, the participants were not pushed to express themselves if they don’t want. There was a great balance in this. I found the organisation amazing, the program went on time, but with a lot of breaks and moving which keep us awake (good point for me). The professors were high quality with a lot of knowledge, energy and opened to discuss, supporting to ask the questions.
  • Discussion and interaction in small groups

Highlights from the 2019 edition

The first edition of the Sepsis and Severe Infections master class has just wrapped up.  It came in continuation of two previous initiatives: Fundamentals & Updates in Sepsis and Managing Pneumonia in ICUA total of 8 experts and 45 participants from 20 countries came together at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels for this pilot master class. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • High quality experts!
  • Meeting people from many other countries.
  • The possibility to formulate your own thoughts on therapy of sepsis and biomarkers
  • I found the infection-café’s extremely helpful. Well led by the teachers, who had prepared the cases in advance. This way, I got a lot out of it.
  • The interactive nature of the event, the discussions and the friendliness and approachability of the experts.
  • The different way the faculty tried to pass us information: pools, clinical case, expert discussion
  • It was interactive and I enjoyed participating in all discussions.
  • Interaction during the case discussions; it should be stressed that the theoretical basis must be studied before (online) in order to get the most out of the course. In this way the teachers may spend more time on case discussions.

Highlights from the 2018 edition

The first edition of the Fundamentals & Updates in Sepsis Master Class was a resounding success! Participants from 10 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

“Group discussions and case reports”
“Possibility to interact with experts”
“Being able to question the opinion leaders on this subject”
“The possibility of receiving lessons from European experts and meeting intensivists from all around Europe”
“The method to deliver high-level scientific presentations”
“The quality of the speakers and the attempt to make the event as interactive as possible”

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