IDDconf 2019 is the third instalment of a new meeting series focussing on innovative research in infectious disease dynamics.
This meeting is an opportunity for infectious disease modellers to share new ideas, in-progress research, and build an open and collaborative network of scientists.
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Topics include any aspects of infectious disease dynamics: from methodological to applied modelling of emerging, epidemic and endemic infectious diseases, including epidemiology, phylodynamics, evolutionary biology and ecology. For examples of the type of work presented in previous years, see our 2018 and 2017 programmes.
We are aiming for the meeting to be as informal and family-friendly as possible. Please see the family section for more information.
Format: single-stream of short talks (~15 mins) by most attendees (numbers permitting), with a small poster session during evening reception.
Abstracts for talks and posters will be solicited 2nd—12th August 2019. Decisions will be made in a transparent manner, without reference to topic or institution. IDDconf 2019 offers a presentation mentoring scheme.
We are committed to making IDDconf a relaxed and safe experience for everyone, free from bullying or harassment of any nature. We expect all participants to act in a professional and responsible manner. If you experience or witness anything of concern, please contact one of the meeting organisers.
*There are cafes and supermarkets in Ambleside, or a supermarket at Windermere train station, that we recommend delegates visit to get breakfast. The accommodation has kitchen facilities including kettle, toaster, crockery and fridges.
IDDconf 2019 is introducing a presentation mentoring scheme. The aim is to allow speakers and attendees get the most out of presentations at IDDconf 2019, by generating constructive feedback ahead of the meeting.
Mentors will be able to volunteer at registration. For mentees, at the time of title submission (2nd-12th August) you will be able to opt in to join the scheme. We hope that mentors and mentees of all academic levels will opt in to the scheme.
The scheme will pair people from different institutions, who will then set up a 30-minute video call in the 10 days before IDDconf 2019. The mentee will give their presentation, and receive constructive feedback from the mentor.
IDDconf 2019 will provide bursaries for childcare during the conference. For those bringing a partner or other carer to look after a child, IDDconf will provide up to £60 for travel costs. For those bringing children and booking childcare, IDDconf will provide up to £200 for childcare costs.
Delegates cannot claim both bursaries. We encourage delegates to claim from a grant or funding agency if that is possible, to demonstrate to funders the need for these subsidies.
IDDconf has a limited budget, and childcare subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis until that limit is reached.
Previous attendees have used accredited babysitting services in Ambleside, for which we can provide details, but IDDconf and LSHTM accept no responsibility for those companies.
Children and babies are welcome at IDDconf, but caregivers should please make regular efforts not to interrupt speakers during sessions. Children are the responsibility of parents/caregivers while on campus and at IDDconf. Parents should note that that there will be alcoholic beverages at the poster session.
Children and babies are unfortunately not allowed in the University of Cumbria accommodation, and therefore outside accommodation must be sought for those bringing children. We suggest doing so as soon as your plans are made, as there is high demand in Ambleside. You are welcome to use the IDDconf parent mailing list to co-ordinate with other parents to find accommodation. At registration, please let us know if you would like to be added to the mailing list for people who may make childcare arrangements in Ambleside.
IDDconf 2019 will offer 2 parallel training sessions, from 9am—12.30pm on Tuesday 3rd September. Delegates can arrive on Monday evening, and therefore the cost of the workshops includes 1 night accommodation plus the session.
The two parallel workshops are:
Our aim is to provide a fairly small (~100), community-driven conference, to improve interaction between modellers. We want a forum for modellers to present up to date work, stimulate discussion, and build collaborations. We are completely transparent about decision-making, and as many of these decisions as possible (such as talk selection) are done randomly. Last year we gave away leftover wine using a live random number selection in R!
IDDconf is organised by the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Organisation is led by Roz Eggo, with Julia Gog (Cambridge), Ali Henderson, Graham Medley, and Jon Read (Lancaster) on the organisation team. The conference is run by LSHTM but there is no particular focus on LSHTM at the conference. CMMID provides sponsorship, and LSHTM event management capacity, both needed to make the conference happen!
IDDconf.org is the sister of IDDjobs.org, a community-driven site for finding and posting positions in infectious disease dynamics. Please add your jobs, and studentships there!
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