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Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Diseases 2017

17-19 May 2017

International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

Environmental changes — the manifestations of which can include loss of biodiversity and habitat, increasing atmospheric temperature, rising sea level, and climatic instability (e.g., longer and more severe periods of drought or rainfall) — are likely to affect the prevalence of various infectious diseases by making conditions more (or less) propitious for the survival of pathogens and their vectors, and by inducing mass movement of human and animal populations.

This conference will discuss the impact of current and predicted future environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife, and livestock across the globe, and what actions need to be taken.

Call for abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 November 2016

Abstracts are invited by 16 November 2016 for short talks and poster contributions on the following topics:

  • Environment change and infectious disease
  • Water-borne and food-borne diseases
  • Impacts of mobility, travel, trade and globalization on infectious diseases
  • Land use change, including livestock and agricultural changes
  • Air quality, urbanization, socio-demographic and economic impacts on health
  • Vector-borne diseases

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Financial support from ICTP and Elsevier is available for participants from developing countries who may request partial support in the form of a conference fee waiver. In addition, preceding the conference there will also be a workshop on "Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease". Developing country scientists may apply for the workshop and if selected, will receive full travel support to attend both events.

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Opening Plenary Speaker

Keynote Speakers

  • Caroline Buckee, Harvard University School of Public Health, USA
  • Gueladio Cisse, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
  • Florence Egal, Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition, Italy
  • Deirdre Hollingsworth, University of Warwick, UK
  • Nyovani Madise, University of Southampton, UK
  • Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Rainer Sauerborn, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University, Australia

Invited speakers

  • Luis  Bettencourt, Santa Fe Institute, USA
  • Ng Lee Ching, National Environment Agency, Singapore
  • Nitish Dogra, TARU Leading Edge, India
  • Anne Jones, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Sandra Junglen, University of Bonn Medical Centre, Germany
  • Gilma Mantilla, Columbia University,  USA
  • Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London, UK
  • Andrea Rinaldo, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Conference Chairs
  • Mercedes Pascual, University of Chicago, USA
  • Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Switzerland
  • David Taylor, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Adrian Tompkins, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy
  • Gueladio Cisse, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Switzerland
  • Deirdre Hollingsworth, University of Warwick, UK
  • Stephanie Thomas, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University, Australia
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