Sepsis and Severe Infections 

Format: Virtual
Dates: 22-23 February 2024


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; Past Chair of Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis (SIS) Section, ESICM

Pedro PÓVOA MD, PhD, Professor, NOVA Medical School, New University of Lisbon, Portugal; Adjunct Professor, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Research Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark; Chair of CoBa faculty, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine; Section Editor of Intensive Care Medicine, Official Journal of ESICM; Associate Editor, RBTI, Official Journal of AMIB; Coordinator of the Intensive Care Unit 4, Dpt of Intensive Care, Hospital de São Francisco Xavier, CHLO, Lisbon, Portugal

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

This 2-day e-Course blends techniques that encourage maximum learning. Special attention is given to interactive activities, case-based discussions, workshops and problem-oriented approaches.

After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.
Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: January 15, 2023. 

Social media: @ESICM #sepsis

An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

  • Improve your competences in the field
  • Enjoy new learning formats that will impact your knowledge, skills, motivation and attitude in the ICU setting
  • Exchange best practice
  • Network with peers and experts from all over the World

  • 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 how to avoid, prepare and handle an outbreak of MDR/KPC
  • To understand the role of adjuvant therapies (safety, tolerability and impact)
  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnosis, Recognition and Source Identification
  • Initial Treatment and Bundles
  • Severe Infections (lung, abdominal, urinary tract)
  • Other infections (meningitis, endocarditis, skin infections)
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • How to implement ASP at the bedside
  • How to avoid, prepare and handle an outbreak of MDR/KPC in the ICU
  • Septic Shock
  • Adjuvant Therapies
  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive review 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

Highlights of previous sessions


14 experts and 57 participants from 18 countries engaged in this highly interactive e-course with tailored sessions based on participants’ interests and the latest evidence in the field brought by our expert faculty. Check out their feedback below:

  • I think this was by far the most marvellous experience I’ve had with virtual education. Participation incentives and other fun activities were of paramount importance for a wholesome and intelligent learning experience.
  • It was definitely worth waking up for at 3:30 AM 😉
  • A brilliant Masterclass experience. I learned a lot. The platform was great.
  • Having such an experienced and world-renowned faculty in a breakout room to discuss face-to-face was just a privilege. Thanks to all of the respected faculty and technical team for making my experience spectacular.
  • Extremely refreshing and informative

2021 – September

Thanks to its incredible success, we held a second, virtual edition of the Sepsis and Severe Infections Master Class! A total of 9 experts and 80 participants from 31 countries engaged in this highly interactive course.

Here are some of the participants’ comments about their experience:

  • This Master Class was a great experience. Many thanks to the faculty for the effort and participants for sharing interesting thoughts
  • The sessions were very insightful. Many thanks to all the wonderful Faculty Members
  • My first time joining an ESICM MC indeed. Very fruitful learning experience. Big thanks to the Faculty and experts from around the world
  • Thank you very much, great masterclass to review concepts and to learn about new approaches
  • Very interesting and nice discussions to hear several views on the topic

2021 – February

Despite the uncertain context, we delivered another edition of the Sepsis and Severe Infections Master Class, this time virtually! A total of 9 experts and 78 participants from 32 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions.

Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • The e-Master Class worked very nice for me. One can take most of the information from different experts and participants simultaneously
  • Absolute interactive and informative e-Master Class
  • It was my first ESICM Master Class but not the last one for sure. It was great!
  • Loved this format! It was way more interactive than I thought


We delivered another edition of the Sepsis and Severe Infections master class.  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 having 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 to. 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 open to discuss, supporting to ask the questions.
  • Discussion and interaction in small groups.


The second 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 ICU. A 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 ways the faculty tried to pass us information: pools, clinical cases, 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.


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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