On June 15, 2023, our online symposium series continued with the theme “Looking Back and Ahead – Past and Future Challenges in Infection Prevention”. The three-hour event was divided into two sessions. The first session was titled "Looking back: The COVID-19 pandemic as a chance - impact on today's infection prevention". During this part of the event, Professor Dr. Johannes Knobloch (Head of Hospital Hygiene Department - Institute of Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg, Germany), Dr. Jon Otter (Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK) and Dr. Alexandra Peters (Scientific Lead for CLEAN HOSPITALS | Infection Control Program & WHO Collaborating Center for Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Resistance, Geneva, Switzerland) reported on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on infection prevention today. The second session focused on "Looking ahead: Future challenges in infection prevention‘’.
In this part of the event, Dr. Milo Halabi (Head of Institute of Pathology, Microbiology, and Infection Diagnostics, Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern Ried, Austria), Stefan Krojer (Founder and Managing Director of ZUKE Green, Erkelenz, Germany) and Dr. Jan Schröder (Senior Scientist Formulation Development & Risk Manager, BODE Chemie GmbH, a company of the HARTMANN GROUP, Hamburg, Germany) gave an overview of future challenges and approaches to solutions in infection prevention.