7th ESGLI Study Group for Legionella Infections meeting, Chania, Crete, Greece 23-24 October 2023

7th ESGLI meeting, 2023 – WELCOME NOTE

Dear participants,

On behalf of the ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI), we are pleased to welcome you to the ESGLI 2023 meeting in Chania, Crete, Greece.

This 7th ESGLI meeting comes after a long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic therefore we are happier than ever to meet each other again. The ESGLI meetings are precious and a unique opportunity to meet other people dealing with this important micro-organism considered by the World Health Organization as amongst pathogens present in water responsible for the greatest health burden.

This is also one of the reasons why Legionella has been included in the new European directive on water intended for human consumption 2020/2184, as it must be controlled in the water systems of priority buildings. This recent law will be one of the topics of the meeting and is a great opportunity to compare the different positions within the European member states.

The ESGLI 2023 conference will also cover a broad range of topics related to Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease (LD), such as pathogenesis, but also microbial diagnosis and genomic typing as applied to detection, control and management in general and in particular to identify clusters and outbreaks.

Disinfection practices, climate change and increasingly extreme weather events will also be an important issue to address and consider in LD incidence and the occurrence of new Legionella species. In this regard, Legionella interactions with other water micro-organism that defines its ecology in artificial environments will be another topic to discuss.

The meeting will jointly host researchers from all legionella-related fields of expertise, and we will have the privilege of hosting some eminent international speakers. Therefore, we warmly welcome you to Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, ancient site of the Minoan civilization – one of the oldest advanced civilizations in Europe, with its main centers in Knossos, Cidonia and Festo.

The local organizing committee will offer you the best hospitality in terms of location, accommodation and, last but not least, good food and the opportunity to see the most beautiful seas and beaches on the planet. On behalf of the Conference organizers, I am very pleased to welcome you all to the 7th ESGLI meeting, 2023. 

Maria Luisa Ricci                                                     
Chair of the ESGLI


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