Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure and honor to invite you to the 40th annual congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology, which will be held in Valencia, Spain, from 30 June 30 to 3 July 2019.

Last year saw the first UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Ending TB. The outcome of the meeting put the spotlight on the need to speed up the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by increasing financial support from countries and industry, and by intensifying research into new tools for tuberculosis control. ESM is committed to the achievement of these goals through full alignment with the objectives of the European and global TB research agenda, and by enabling technology and knowledge transfer to those countries where tuberculosis represents an alarming public health issue. 

After years of stagnation, the pipeline for promising TB diagnostics is now increasing in reach. We expect that tests for incipient TB, biomarkers suitable for point of care diagnosis, and next-generation sequencing-based diagnostics for MDR-TB will become available within the next few years. In addition, we are starting to see promising results in the vaccine field. 
The ESM is a forum where not only state-of-the-art but also incipient research lines are presented and shared. In order to make progress in science, two conditions need to be fulfilled: the availability of funds, and the field of research being attractive to young and talented scientists. ESM has been instrumental in increasing the critical mass of basic and clinical scientists dedicated to this field of research, and is committed to increasing their retention in the field by fueling their scientific interests.

The ESM 2019 programme will address emerging issues like biomarkers, whole genome based diagnostics, epidemiology of tuberculosis and non-tuberculosis mycobacteria, new treatment regimens for MDR-TB, and ethical aspects of whole genome sequencing. At the same time it will cover state-of-the-art topics on fundamental host and pathogen biology and their translational potential to innovative control tools. 

Valencia is the third most populous city in Spain, and as a result of being one of the largest cities in Europe during the XIV century as a prominent Mediterranean trading route, Valencia today sports a rich and diverse architectural and cultural landscape. The city is also well known as the birthplace of the Paella, which can amongst other places be enjoyed on one of the city’s many beautiful beaches.

We are not only looking forward to a stimulating congress, but also to friendly and casual get-togethers in this beautiful environment.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Valencia.

The Organizing Committee

Daniela M. Cirillo (President), 

Iñaki Comas (Local),

Mireia Coscolla (Local),