European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI)
European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) is a network of influenza stakeholders. The group aims to reduce the impact of flu on the European population and to realize that aim, it liaises with partner organizations to reach out to the influenza community. Over the past two decades, ESWI has acquired a unique position in the field of public health, owing to its dedicated focus on influenza and the wide range of tailored activities and awareness raising actions it undertakes.
Core of the group are twelve scientists who are convinced that academics have a moral obligation to help reduce the burden of influenza in society. After all, flu is a preventable disease, and still seasonal influenza annually claims more lives than traffic accidents. The ESWI experts work with various partner organizations that cover most professions and expertise needed to address the influenza issue. The network includes general practitioners (WONCA, EMA), patient organizations (IDF-Europe, ELF, EAACI), pharmacists (PGEU), pulmonologists (ERS), geriatrics (EUGMS), pediatrics (ESPID, EAP), midwives and nurses (EFNNMA), the elderly (AGE) and public health officials (WHO-Europe, EPHA, EUREGHA).
ESWI possesses unique expertise in ‘translating’ scientific data and in communicating novel scientific insights to anyone who can benefit from it:
the triennial ESWI Influenza Conferences: the largest European influenza conferences, including a delineated programme track for public health officials
the annual Science Policy Flu Summits: one-day workshops for influenza stakeholder organizations, held in the European Quarter of Brussels
state of the art scientific information as a partner in EU projects
joint position papers on specific influenza-related issues
tailored messages to target groups