About the course


Infections are a common cause of paediatric morbidity and mortality and correctly diagnosing and treating serious infections in children is important.
Several factors can interfere with the process of diagnosing and successfully treating ill children. These include failure to take an adequate history, inadequate observations once a child is admitted, failure to anticipate and recognise complications and inadequate safety netting by junior staff. Cognitive biases also often contribute to incorrect diagnosis and management. The course addresses these issues and provides practical approaches to avoid these pitfalls.

Course Aims

The aim of this highly interactive 3-day course is to give front-line doctors, who look after children, a practical approach to recognising the unwell child, identifying red flags, considering differential diagnoses and managing a wide range of serious infections. This is achieved through small-group workshops discussing real cases, and a small number of lectures which underpin these workshops, covering clinical decision making, antibiotics, and basics of the immune system. On day 1, workshops cover the approach to the septic child, fever in the returning traveller, fever in the neonate, the child with a limp, abnormal neurology, and vaccinations. On day 2 interactive workshops include fever in the immunocompromised host, the child with swollen joints, evaluating the child with recurrent infections and the child with a secondary immunodeficiency. Day 3 allows delegates an opportunity to discuss elements of the course in more detail and to present their own cases for discussion with members of the faculty and other delegates, all amidst the natural beauty of Iceland.

As the delegates will be divided into small groups for workshops, a maximum of 36 delegates can be accepted for the course.

The Iceland Course was first run in 2015, and has been slightly modified each year since then in response to feedback from delegates. Delegates have greatly enjoyed the personal interaction that is central to the course and many new friendships have been made. Course alumni reunions have been organised at the annual ESPID conferences.


*Delegates will be divided inot small group for workshops which will run in parallel, all delegates will participate in all workshops. All workshops will be facilitated by 2 members of the faculty – Anjay Patel, Ásgeir haraldsson, Augrey Cunnington, Valtýr Thors, Jethro Herberg and Pablo Rojo

08:15-08:45 Registration with coffee
08:45-09:00 Introduction Ásgeir Haraldsson
09:00:09:30 Lecture – Clinical decision making Sanjay Patel
9:30:10:25 Workshop 1 – Sepsis* Valtýr Thors
10:35-10:50 COFFEE
10:50-11:45 Workshop 2 – Fever in the neonate*  Sanjay Patel
11:45-12:40 Workshop 3 – The child with a limp* Pablo Rojo
12:40-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-14:00 Lecture – Bugs and Drugs Pablo Rojo
14:00-14:55 Workshop 4 – Fever in the returning traveller* Aubrey Cunnington
14:55-15:50 Workshop 5 – Abnormal neurology* Jethro Herberg
15:50-16:15 COFFEE
16:15- 17:10 Workshop 6 – Preventing severe infections in children – Everything you  wanted to know about vaccines, but never dared to ask! Ásgeir Haraldsson
17:10 FINISH

19:00                                   Get-together at KEX hostel

09:00-09:45 Lecture – Review of the immune system          Boring or beautiful! Ásgeir Haraldsson
09:45-10:40 Workshop 7 – Various infections in different immunodeficient patients* Ásgeir Haraldsson
10:40-11.10 COFFEE
11:10-12:05 Workshop 8 – Fever in the immunocompromised child* Aubrey Cunnington
12:05-13:00 Workshop 9 – The child with swollen joints* Jethro Herberg
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
14:00-14:30 Lecture – Guest speaker ! It’s a Surprise!
14:30-15:25 Workshop 10 – Child with fever and rash* Sanjay Patel
15:25-15:45 COFFEE
15:45-16:40 Workshop 11 – Evaluating the child with recurrent infections* Pablo Rojo
16:40-17:35 Workshop 12 – Secondary immunodeficiency – novel monoclonals and more!* Valtýr Thors
17:35 FINISH

Optional Fire and Ice – Optional course tour

Evaluation, reflection and general discussion of cases whilst on a “Fire and Ice” tour of Iceland

Please bring details of interesting or instructive cases of childhood infection for discussion.  You can bring printouts of any pictures or results which may help to make the case more interesting.
During the professional guided tour, including lunch and dinner in a small village, ample time will be available for discussions exchanging of ideas.

Tour information


The venue will be Hannesarholt, a beautiful renovated villa with a rich history in the centre of Reykjavík . There are several options for accommodation within walking distance from the congress venue that can be booked through the congress agency or directly on the internet.

Private transportation will need to be arranged if required – the weather may be cold! We advise participants to book their accommodation early, both for prices and availability.

For further information on hotels, contact the conference agency, Sena.

Book accommodation with via Sena