Young ESPID is a group of members who are in training and early career, generally under 40 years and/or who are in training / have completed training to become a paediatric infectious disease specialist <3 years ago.

Welcome message
Welcome to “Young ESPID”, the future of Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Europe and beyond. “Young ESPID” was founded in 2010, we started with 35 members and in 2017 we are now just over 500 from 75 different countries. As a group of under-40s we support the ESPID board and its committees. We also have YE country representatives from 35 different countries that help us link with PID doctors and spread the word of ESPID job and training opportunities elsewhere.
All the ESPID committees have 2 Young ESPID members and are currently focusing on:
- Facilitating communication between ESPID members
- Participation in educational activities: ESPID online courses, ESPID case rounds
- Active roll in preparing the ESPID annual meeting
- Young ESPID meeting –formal AGM (annual general meeting) since 2016 attending the YE AGM gets you good standing points - helpful for applying for travel awards / grants
- Speed dating
- MTP (meet the professor sessions)
- WMW (Walter Marget workshop)
- ERMC (ESPID research masterclass)
- ESPID educational booth
- Evaluating PID training world-wide
- Improvement of the ESPID website
- Visibility of training possibilities and job opportunities
- Visibility of research consortia
The Young ESPID representatives are also on the ESPID board and take an active part in all their meetings making sure ESPID is aware of what their more junior PID doctors need and expect from the society.
We want to invite you to become actively involved in Young ESPID, and take your chance to help shape the future of Paediatric Infectious Diseases.
New ideas are always welcome!
If you are interested in contributing to any of these activities and would like to be kept up-to-date on Young ESPID you can contact us through
With kind regards,
Lilly Verhagen and Raluca Lixandru
Young ESPID representatives 
Who’s involved in Young ESPID?
Country Representative Email Term Began
Argentina Martin Eduardo Brizuela  
Armenia Sose Margaryan Jul-22
Australia Hazel Dobinson  
Belgium Siel Daelemans Sep-22
Brasil Daniel Jarovsky  
Bulgaria Petar Velikov  
Cambodia Sam Lyvannak  
Croatia Vedran Stevanović  
Cyprus  Domniki Kyriakou May-23
Czech Republic Jitka Bolchová Sep-22
Egypt Ali Sobh Sep-22
Estonia Piia Jogi  
Finland Lauri Ivaska  
France Lindsay Osei Feb-23
Georgia  Teona Khurtsidze Jun-23
Germany Benedikt Spielberger Jun-23
Greece Filippos Filippatos Feb-23
Hungary  Szofia Hajósi-Kalcakosz  
India Nabaneeta Dash Aug-22
Ireland Deirdre Foley Jun-22
Israel Liat Ashkenazi-Hoffnung Jun-22
Italy Marta Stracuzzi Aug-22
Malaysia Bazlin Ramly Sep-22
Mexico Oscar Tamez Mar-23
Nepal Suraj Bhattarai  
Nigeria Olajumoke Aladenola  
Pakistan Abdul Mannan Mustafa Jan-23
Poland Kacper Toczylowski  
Portugal Jorge Rodrigues  
Romania Flavia Rochman Jun-22
Slovenia Keti Vincek  
Spain Carlos Grasa Jun-22
Sweden Annika Malmgren Feb-23
Switzerland Nora Fritschi Jun-22
The Netherlands Navin Boeddha Jul-22
Turkey Burcu Bursal Jun-23
United Kingdom Maryke Nielsen Feb-23
United States Anton Goetz   
Young ESPID representatives on the ESPID Board:  Lilly Verhagen (2020-2023) and Raluca Lixandru (2021-2024)
Committee for Education: Eleni Vergadi (2019-2022) and Cihan Papan (2020-2023)  
Research Networking Committee: Lauri Ivaska (2020-2023) and Henriette Rudolph (2021-2024)
Committee for Scientific Affairs & Awards: Virginia Ramos Martin (2019-2022) and Charlene Rodrigues (2020-2023)
Young ESPID Social Media: Suraj Bhattarai and John Kopsidas
You can find recent updates on the activities in the committees in our newsletters.
Are you interested in one of the activities, please do contact us!
Young ESPID country representatives aim to represent their country and be a liaison between Young ESPID board representatives and Young ESPID members.
The above Young ESPID members represent their countries for 2 years, after which new applicants may come forward. If no-one comes forward then the current representative remains in place.
Interested in becoming a country representative and your country is not listed above? Please contact us at and we will send you the information about how to apply.