Infectious diseases have been among the greatest natural enemies of humans for a very long time. Although much effort has been invested in combatting these diseases, with some of them eliminated from some parts of the world, many infectious diseases still thrive and cause great morbidity and mortality around the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Hence, there is need for collective interdisciplinary effort to identify new and more effective ways of containing these diseases. One such effort is through mathematical modelling. Mathematics modelling, however requires skills in mathematics and statistics as well as specific some tools that are not necessarily accessible to all in a context of a growing need of such capacities. It is in this context that the Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (LABEF, www.labef-uac.org), Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, in partnership with the Institute for Mathematics and Physics (IMSP, http://www.imsp-benin.com/home/) with the support of the Commission for Developing countries (CDC) and the International Mathematical Union is organising a one-week course dedicated to infectious disease and data modelling. During this course, participants will be introduced to basic concepts of dynamic models for infectious diseases. They will receive lectures on various techniques for modelling infectious diseases, associating infectious disease models with data in a meaningful way, and evaluating and comparing models. Participants will receive lectures on formulating good research questions in infectious disease modelling, carrying out research to answer the questions, drawing conclusions from their research, interpreting and communicating their results to broad audiences. The lectures will be complemented with computer laboratory sessions in MATLAB, one-one mentoring, and group projects. Other side discussions will include searching for and applying for grants and jobs in academia.
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Lecturer: Prof Ngonghala Calistus, Professor of Mathematical biology, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida, USA.
Date: Monday 17th June to Friday 21st June 2019
Opening ceremony: Monday June 17th at 8:a.m
Language of the course: English and French
Venue: Conference Room of LABEF (Building I, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, 2nd floor)
How to participate? Participation is free but upon registration. For registration, please send an email with your CV to email@example.com with subject “infectious disease and data modelling”. Places will be offered on first come first served basis. Only 50 places are available.
Who can attend? Master and PhD students, researchers, lecturers and professional in Epidemiology, Public health, Biostatistics/statistics, pathology, mathematical modelling, agricultural sciences, and related areas.
Note: Issue of certificate of participation at the end of the course is subject to the payment of XOF1500. Also, please come with a laptop that has MATLAB software. If you do not have it, come to LABEF with your laptop at least three days before the beginning of the course.
Deadline for registration: Friday 14th June 2019
Notification of selection: Saturday 15th June 2019
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org or + 229 96 17 27 29 / + 229 95 84 08 00