Request for applications for the 2012 Clinic on the Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data

Posted on Mon, Feb 13 2012 11:29:00


Meaningful Modelling of Epidemiological Data
Muizenberg, Cape Town, RSA
27 May to 8 June 2012
Request for Applications


The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), in collaboration with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), is holding a 2 week modelling clinic that will emphasize the use of data in understanding infectious disease dynamics. The Clinic will bring together graduate students, post doctoral students and researchers from the United States, Canada, and Africa, with the goal of engaging the participants in epidemiological modelling projects that use real data to grapple with practical questions in a meaningful way.

The Clinic will consist of a series of discussions and tutorials that will guide participants through the process of data‐based epidemiological modelling. Participants are encouraged to bring data sets and questions to the Clinic, and to start collaborative projects with each other or the organizers. Various statistical and modelling paradigms will be discussed. Computer exercises and group projects will reinforce and extend the various concepts covered. Participants are encouraged to continue research projects begun during the Clinic when they return to their home institutions and will be required to complete a written report on group projects.

The Clinic is targeted towards students and researchers that have prior knowledge of mathematical epidemiology, but have not yet established themselves in the field. Preference will be given to applicants that have the most to gain from Clinic participation. All participants will be required to present on previous or ongoing research that is related to the Clinic's themes.

Funding is available to cover the food and lodging of Clinic participants, and we expect that travel support will be available for a limited number of participants from Africa.

The application process for the Clinic is highly competitive. The deadline for receipt of applications is 16 March 2012. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.