The events of our recent history have shown that our battle against infectious diseases still faces enormous challenges, notwithstanding the dramatic progresses achieved in medicine and science. New infections continue to emerge – or re-emerge (e.g., Ebola virus) – that spread rapidly into the population causing serious concerns, considerable health impacts and potentially large economic losses. Our modern, fast, mobile and connected society is highly vulnerable to such phenomena. Transportation and trade systems keep shrinking distances and increasing volumes, and urban areas become increasingly denser. Such increased mobility, mixing and interactions facilitate the emergence and maintenance of zoonotic pathogens, the spillovers to other species, and their spread of human population, raising major public health concerns. Also, the increasing role of social media favor the formation of ecosystems that contribute to the rapid spread of both true and false information about infections-related subjects (e.g., vaccination) that may alter individuals behavior in response to an outbreak.
Our technological advantage nowadays is the availability of a large set of tools and methods to characterize in detail the host population, its demographics, interactions and movement patterns, allowing us to achieve a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of the disease epidemic and to provide critical information for its prediction, prevention and control.
The fourth edition of a series of satellite meeting within the Conference of Complex Systems (ECCS2012, ECCS2013, ECCS2014), the meeting will focus on the above challenges in a fully interdisciplinary fashion, bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplines such as physics, mathematics, biology, epidemiology, human and veterinary medicine, computer science, information technologies and social sciences.
Particular attention will be devoted to the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:
The workshop will be one day long and will host 4 invited talks (2 senior + 2 junior speakers) and around 10-12 contributed talks, selected by an international program committee of experts in the related fields. Submit your abstract!
Program published. Book of abstracts available.
Seminar room: Sky Harbor @Sheraton
See you in Tempe!
Abstract submission deadline:
extended to: June 30, 2015
Notification to authors: not later than July 15, 2015
Satellite Meeting date: September 30, 2015