Educational Workshop- Becoming a productive independent Infectious disease researcher

A full-day  Educational PIDS Workshop is being offered

on Saturday, December 2, 2017

Applications are now closed


The World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) will be hosting a "Fellows' and Junior Faculty Educational Workshop" on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 08:30-17:00, prior to the start of the main WSPID congress. The workshop will be conducted in English.

The workshop will consist of two components:

  1. Short practical lectures by leading researchers and previous fellows on aspects of research
  2. Six small group discussions led by senior researchers. Each will develop a research proposal or concept submitted by the congress participants. These six research projects will be pre-selected from participant applications. If selected the research will be followed through by the Faculty members before and after the meeting. The workshop will conclude with a brief presentation of each of these proposals and whole group discussion. Where possible, we will group participants submitting similar proposals to work together collaboratively.


  • To improve the process for undertaking PID research in Asia and other regions where there is considerable potential for PID research, but where mechanisms are relatively under-developed. The goal is to facilitate development of clinically relevant research, increased research outputs, and policy interventions.
  • To facilitate interaction between PID trainees and junior faculty in Asia and more widely.


PID fellows and junior faculty in Asia and other regions where PID research currently has a relatively low profile, as well as Asia Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists who have graduated from accredited programs within the last 10 years.  If insufficient applicants from within this group, consider opening to wider audience.

The maximum number of participants is 50. We strongly encourage applications from those early in their research career; an established track record in research is not necessary, but interest in and enthusiasm for PID research is important.

Participants and selected research projects will be notified of their acceptance by email. If you are selected to participate in the Workshop you will have your WSPID congress registration costs waived. In addition to free registration, successful applicants for the EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP receive reimbursement for up to $1,350 (USD) towards flights and accommodation.

Once you have been notified of your acceptance and we have received confirmation that you will attend, we ask that you make every effort to participate in the workshop, as you will be occupying one of a limited number of places. Those who are accepted for the workshop but do not attend will be asked to reimburse the WSPID registration fees in full.


08:30-08:40 - Welcome, introduction and overview of the day

08:40-09:00Introductory remarks

09:00-09:30 – Lecture 1

09:30-10:00 – Lecture 2

10:00-10:30 -  Lecture 3

10:30-11:00 - Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 – Lecture 4

11:30-12:00 -  Lecture 5

12:00-13:00 - Lunch Break

13:00-15:00 - 6 small group discussions to work up one or more related
                      research proposals. Led by Fellows, facilitated by Faculty

15:00-15:20 - Coffee Break

15:20-16:20 - 6 presentations of each research proposal

16:20-16:45 - "I wish I'd done that": reflections from current and recent
                        PID fellows

16:45-17:00 - Summary and wrap- up

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