IDDconf 2018

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From 3rd-5th September 2018 I attended IDDconf 2018: A Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics held at the Ambleside Campus, University of Cumbria.

IDDconf 2018 was the second instalment of a new meeting series focussing on innovative research in infectious disease dynamics. Organised by the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, IDDconf provides a fairly small (~100 participants), community-driven conference, to improve interaction between modellers.

The scientific programme

The programme consisted of a single-stream of 44 short talks (12 mins in length & 3 mins for questions), with a small poster session during the evening reception on the opening day.

A novel aspect is those wishing to present a talk only need to submit a title, with talk selection done randomly. Myself and Elizabeth Buckingham-Jeffery had the opportunity to present a joint talk on our collaborative work "Spatio-temporal modelling of visceral leishmaniasis among domestic dogs in rural Brazil".

Presenting photo
Photo courtesy of Sophie Meakin, taken during our presentation.

SBIDER involvement

A number of students and staff were present from the SBIDER group, with talk and poster contributions pictured below.

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(Top row) Sophie Meakin - "A metapopulation model for the 2018 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo";
(Second row) Trystan Leng - "Concurrency of partnerships, consistency with data, and control of sexually transmitted infections";
(Third row) HAT MEPP project poster - Pictured are team members are Ron Crump and Ching-I Huang ;
(Fourth row) Chris Davis - "Village-scale elimination of HAT (gambiense human African trypanosomiasis)";
(Bottom row) Louise Dyson - "Modelling helminth coinfections";.

Further news from the SBIDER group may be found on its webpage and twitter profile (@WarwickSBIDER).

Social programme

The second afternoon was allocated as free time, with many attendees spending the afternoon going on walks in the Lake District countryside.

Village photo