In early October, Edward Hill, Sophie Meakin and Benjamin Atkins, three young researchers from SBIDER and MathSys, travelled to Singapore to deliver a half-day satellite session at the Conference on Complex Systems (CCS 2019). The aim of the session, entitled ‘Challenges in Epidemiological Modelling’ (https://cem-ccs19.github.io/), was to stimulate discussion across disciplines regarding issues with data collection and curation, methodology and computation and the gap between research and policy, in both public and veterinary health scenarios. The session was a great success, with notable talks from Vittoria Colizza and Samuel Scarpino adding to an interesting and varied morning of talks. Given the positive feedback from all involved, they hope to deliver another edition of the satellite at CCS 2020. Ed, Sophie and Ben also all contributed talks in the ‘Diseases and Epidemiology’ parallel sessions during the main conference.
Erin Gorsich and her collaborators at Oregon State, Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities have been awarded an EEID NSF-BBSRC US UK collaborative grant to investigate how population connectivity drives exposure to parasites and immunity by comparing metapopulations of desert big horn sheep in southern California. This will be funded a two year PDRA at Warwick, as well as lab and field work at the other universities.
Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) at ICMS, Edinburgh: 17-19 June 2019
Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) at ICMS, Edinburgh June 17-19 2019
Aim: National Sciences Foundation will be announcing Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases 2019 solicitation later this year. UKRI funders (BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC and MRC) are keen that mathematical and social sciences (broadly interpreted) should be fully involved in UK proposals seeking to better understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and have asked ICMS and the Newton Institute to coordinate a meeting with practitioners and theorists (including biologists, social scientists, ecologists, mathematicians, infectious disease scientists [plants, animals, humans and the environment], clinicians and veterinarians from the UK, China, Israel and the US) to develop partnerships that would work together to develop transdisciplinary proposals for the next EEID solicitation. The call is expected to close in November, hence the short notice.
Participants: The meeting will involve up to 80 participants. There will be a call for participants from all the relevant communities in early May and the selected UK participants will receive funding to attend.
More details will be available after Easter.