SESAM - Society in Europe for Simulation applied to medicine


Scientific Committee 2017 - 2020

The SESAM Scientific Committee serves as a platform for contacts and the exchange of ideas and scientific initiatives and is responsible for the Scientific Programme of the SESAM Annual Meeting.

SESAM SC comprises 18 members: 4 core committee members, 12 associate members, and 2 short-term members. All members are active members of SESAM and include a mix of both healthcare professionals and researchers, with a solid scientific background in clinical simulation. The mandate is for 3 years, with the exception of the short-term members, who are appointed annually.


Core members

Carla Sá Couto (Chair), Portugal

Research interests: Training and assessment of non-technical skills; Faculty development; Technology and innovation; Physiological modelling and simulation

Stefan Gisin, Switzerland

Research interests:  Patient safety with team-training (interdisciplinary, multi-professional) with a strong focus on CRM by conducting well-structured debriefings of scenarios. 

Tanja Manser, Switzerland

Research interests: Analysis of teamwork and communication processes; Non-technical skills; Patient handover; Impact of simulation training

Tullikki Keskitalo, Finland

Research interests: Faculty development, curriculum development and debriefing


Associate members

Carine Layat Burn, Switzerland

Research interests: Simulated / standardized patient methodology and mental health; Training and assessment of communication and patient-healthcare provider relationship; Interprofessional collaboration, Faculty development; Hybrid simulation

Elizabete Loureiro, Portugal

Research interests: Training and assessment of non-technical skills; Clinical Communication; Faculty development; Interprofessional training in healthcare.

Guillaume Alinier, Qatar/UK

Research interests: Training and assessment of technical and non-technical skills; Interprofessional education; Faculty development; Simulation facilities design; Technology and innovation (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and VV/VA/VVA/VAV cannulation simulation); Mass casualty and major incidents.

Kai Kranz, Switzerland

Research interests: Team and human factor training; Faculty development; Education management; Quality management

Lars Lundberg, Sweden

Simulation in pre-hospital emergency medicine; Training and assessment of non-technical skills; New technologies and innovation; Patient safety and quality improvement.

Mary Lavelle, UK

Research interests: Interprofessional communication and teamwork; evaluation of non-technical skills; observational analysis; mental health simulation.

Melih Elcin, Turkey

Research interests: Training of non-technical skills; Faculty development; Curriculum development; Standardized/Simulated patients; Interprofessional education

Sigrun QvindeslandNorway

Research interests: Team-work training; Procedural skills; Communication – specifically clinical handovers, and faculty development of simulation-based clinical educators

Stuart MarshallAustralia

Research interests:  Effects of cognitive aids and designs on teamwork in health emergencies; Patient safety education; Team functioning

Theresa McCannGrenada, Eastern Caribbean

Research interests:  Assessment of clinical skills performance using simulation; Faculty development; Using simulation in community-based CPR and First Aid training.

Vanda Yazbeck-Karam, Lebanon

Research interests: Faculty development; Curriculum development and Program evaluation; Assessment during simulation and debriefing 

Gustavo Norte, Junior Member, Portugal

Research interests: Anesthesiology and Critical care; Crisis resource management; Assessment of learners; Training and assessment of non-technical skills; High-fidelity simulation; Faculty development.


Short-term members (2017-18)

Alejandro Martínez, Spain

Research interests: Interdisciplinary Simulation; Faculty development; Training and assessment of Human Factor; Patient Safety.

Aida Camps Gómez, Spain

Research interests: Training and assessment of non-technical skills; Research & Innovation; Faculty development.