Important information about ESICM events (Spring 2020)

Due to the exceptional situation we are facing because of the Covid-19 outbreak and the travel restrictions in place, the following decisions have been taken concerning the following ESICM events:

  • LIVES Forum, Dublin, 14-16 May: postponed (a new date will be communicated shortly)
  • LIVES 2020, Madrid, 10-14 October: dates maintained. Please submit your abstracts! Registration now open!


LIVES Forum, Trinity College, Dublin

Septic shock: From the bug to organ failure

Infection and Severe Sepsis are still important causes of death in ICU worldwide despite all the research of the last decades. Apart from early diagnosis, optimal organ support and early adequate antibiotics, no single adjunctive therapy has been shown to be safe and effective. Looking at the interaction of the pathogen, the host and the treatment could lead to a better understanding of the underlying processes and ideally to a more personalised medicine.

Pedro Povoa, Chair of the ESICM Infections Section and Director of the LIVES Forum 2020, explains why sepsis and severe infections have been chosen as the theme of this year’s Forum.

Despite all the efforts of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and of other societies, patients with severe sepsis and septic shock can still have a mortality above 40%. The long-term outcome of those who survive can still be improved. This conference will be an opportunity to study and develop strategies, pass on knowledge and improve patient outcome and early diagnosis. The programme includes a very broad spectrum of speakers. As well as frontal lectures, there will be opportunities to “cross talk” in small groups with senior and younger clinicians and researchers of different backgrounds and experiences in an open and interactive way.


Registration is now open for this three-day thematic conference. Book your place and save money :

Standard Deadline April 3rd to May 16th

Please note that there was a limited number of availability for “The treatment: Practical approach/Hands-on” on Friday 15 May between 16:30-19:10 (45 pax). Registration has been made on “first come, first serve” basis. This session is now fully booked.

Due to the governmental suggestions/restrictions, ESICM Registration Hotline will be only available from 09:00-12:00 until further notice.


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