May 7, 2019

A new feature, starting this Spring

A personal reflection and news update for ESICM members

Starting this month, the President will be communicating regularly with ESICM members in the form of a newsletter aptly called “The President’s Voice”. This will include personal reflection and a news update.

This season’s message follows below:


It is my pleasure to update the members of the ESICM community about what has been happening at ESICM since LIVES 2018 in Paris. I intend to do this on a regular basis from now on, so you will be receiving my personal newsletters.

The last six months have been very productive and I would like to begin by thanking in particular the members of the ESICM Committees and Executive Committee who work tirelessly in the shadows, helping us achieve the success we do.

ALIVE, the Society’s new fund, is advancing well. Since laying the first stones in June 2018, I am very pleased to announce the first course for Low and Middle Income countries, which will be on the subject of sepsis. We will be running a programme of sepsis courses in several countries and continents, starting in Kampala, Uganda on 9 & 10 June. A wonderful team of experts under the leadership of Mervyn Mer and Martin Dünser has invested a great deal of time and energy in this area, and I am confident that it will be a remarkable experience for all those taking part. I will keep you informed about how it goes and the next steps in a later newsletter.

Diversity is another area that has seen a major accomplishment this year. The Society’s recently-published Statement Paper on Diversity in ICM details our strategic plans for the immediate and long-term future and summarises current diversity metrics. We still have a lot to do and the Diversity Task Force and its Working Groups continue to work on a number of actionable items.

The Society is carefully following the technological advances in medicine and a new Data Science Section has been created with a five-year strategic plan. Led by Ari Ercole and Paul Elbers, this Section will promote techniques and technology to improve outcomes and turn data into better care. Among the Section’s priorities are the development of machine/deep learning expertise in parallel to standard statistics, the creation of an anonymised registry/database (working with EU regulators, country-specific ethics committees), the provision of education for clinicians interested in developing new technology; promotion of research into clinical applications of data-driven healthcare; to drive data-sharing across and beyond Europe; promote standard-setting and benchmarking and create a collaborative framework for ICU professionals, data scientists, engineers, legal and ethical experts and industry partners.

Euro Asia is now a regular fixture in the ESICM calendar of events, and our third Euro Asia Conference in Taipei last month broke new records in terms of the number of participants and abstracts submitted. We are building strong and long-term relations with our colleagues in all Asian countries, which is reciprocal and I am particularly pleased with this progress.

Our annual congress attracts more and more intensivists from across the globe, and for LIVES 2019 we have received 1400 abstracts and over 220 applications for research awards. This year is going to be the most innovative, interactive and representative congress to date. We are facilitating more learning opportunities for younger intensivists and N&AHP and encouraging interaction with our authors and experts (over breakfast) and some of the top-scoring EDIC examinees. Our key note lectures are now ‘State of the Art’ lectures and will focus on new medical developments and we will be showcasing the latest technology in our Tech Lounge. New this year is the Family Room, where families can meet and wait for delegates.

As well as the European elections later this month, this is our election month. I would like to stress how important it is for motivated and qualified candidates to come forward, in order to have a fair and balanced representation in all aspects of the Society’s operations. Please take the time to study the vacancies and profiles on the ESICM website if you would like to get more involved…and do not forget to cast your vote.

And finally, more success…Our CEO, Joël Alexandre, received the Gold Award in the category of Association Leadership at the European Association Awards (EEA), which recognises the professionalism and quality of work carried out by the ESICM team under his direction. I feel that this award gives value to the overall service provided for our members. 

I hope you will agree that all these achievements reflect our drive to deliver and strengthen the Society’s public profile, involving and connecting more and more members on a global scale.

Let’s keep this momentum going!

Jozef Kesecioglu, ESICM President

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