The European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) is looking forward to organising the eighth edition of its ESWI Influenza Conferences - virtual edition, on 4 - 7 December 2021. In keeping with its excellent scientific reputation, the upcoming eighth edition will give the floor to the most renowned influenza, RSV and COVID-19 scientists, public health experts and healthcare professionals, discussing hot topics in epidemic and pandemic flu, RSV and COVID-19. Preparing for the next (flu) pandemic is high on the agenda.

Scientific Programme
  • Diagnostic testing in the management of acute respiratory infections in primary and secondary care
  • Virus structure and replication in influenza virus, RSV and SARS-CoV-2; latest developments in influenza virus, SARS-CoV-2 and RSV molecular virology
  • Epidemiology, surveillance and modelling of influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19, including virus evolution and strain selection
  • Co-infections in influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Science based management of epidemics and pandemics
  • Innate and adaptive immunity towards influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Lessons learned from and prospects for COVID-19 vaccination
  • Strategies for future Influenza and RSV disease vaccination
  • Viral and host factors in the pathogenesis of influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Antiviral and immune therapy for influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Human influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19 challenge studies
  • Viral and host factors in the transmission of influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Pandemic threats from the animal world
  • “Long COVID”: post acute clinical sequelae of COVID-19
Science Policy Interface
  • Why influenza and RSV disease are a priority for policy makers
  • Societal impact of influenza, RSV disease and COVID-19
  • Diagnostic and Intervention strategies for the management of acute respiratory infections
  • Risk assessment and risk communication in acute respiratory virus infections
  • Benefits of vaccinating healthcare workers and other risk groups
  • Global health perspectives on acute respiratory virus disease and how to ensure an equitable response
  • Pandemic Preparedness Planning in Peacetime

For #ESWI2021 ESWI has decided for a fully virtual edition. Virtual attendance will go hand-in-hand with the possibility to interact with all participants via the virtual platform. All sessions will be streamed and will be kept available for all attendees until January 31st 2022.


Next to the Scientific Programme Track, the conference will see a new edition of the Science Policy Interface track, a separate, tailor made programme for public health officials and opinion leaders in healthcare work.
This SPI track will be developed in close collaboration and co-organisation with ESWI’s partner organisations.

Young Scientist Fund

The ESWI Young Scientist Fund provides travel and participation grants to young scientists from all over the globe who wish to attend the European Influenza Conference and engage with distinguished members, speakers and participants over the 4-day conference and to play an active role in the programme - as speakers or as co-chairs of the sessions.

Deadline for application:
30 September 2021.

Key dates

MARCH 2021  Opening Conference Registrations
Start online abstract submission process
30 SEPTEMBER 2021  Deadline Young Scientist application
30 SEPTEMBER 2021  End of abstract submission
4‑7 DECEMBER 2021  8th Edition of the ESWI Conference