It is already a good tradition that the German Society for Infectious Diseases (DGI) and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) jointly hold their annual conferences every two years. From our previous joint meetings, it became increasingly clear that our two institutions complement each other perfectly and that the view on infection research of the other side represents a very good extension of the own perspective. In addition, our activities significantly increased public awareness of our topic. The common goal of DGI and DZIF is to further develop the field of infectiology in Germany. Much has already been achieved in research, clinic and training, and DGI and DZIF have made important contributions to this.
At the same time, the challenges posed by infectious agents have not diminished. On the contrary, it is now clear that international efforts to combat infectious agents need to be massively strengthened to tackle infection-related health problems in those places that are most affected - mostly in countries whose (health) infrastructures are facing major challenges. The alarming rise of antibiotic resistance worldwide and the lack of new antimicrobials is now a major societal challenge and threatens a throwback to the pre-antibiotic era. The further development of a Global Health agenda is therefore of great importance.
We cordially invite you to the next Joint Annual Meeting of the DGI and DZIF in Bad Nauheim. We have put together a programme that links innovative science and patient care to provide an excellent integrative overview of the Infectious Diseases research in Germany. Together with the ”Akademie für Infektionsmedizin” and the „Junge DGI“, we specifically wish to attract younger colleagues to join the conference and to enter this exciting field. The emergence of drug resistance in diverse pathogens constitutes a major focus area of the conference.
We look forward to welcoming you in Bad Nauheim from 21 – 23 November 2019!