23/08/19 AARMS-EIDM Summer School on Modelling Infectious Diseases
Organizer: Dr. A. Hurford, Dates: August 19-31, 2023, Venue: Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station (BBARS), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).The AARMS-EIDM Short Summer School on Modelling Infectious Diseases aims to fulfil a deliverable listed in the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) support letter for 3 networks in the Emerging Infectious Disease Modelling Initiative (EIDM) Consortium: to run an AARMS summer school.


  • The theme of the EIDM short summer school is Modelling Disease Importations. Importations can be modelled as depending on traffic flow to a destination, and infection prevalence at the source. After arrival, spread of infection in the destination population depends on local immunity, local non-pharmaceutical interventions, and the size of the community. We will also investigate theoretical connections between zoonotic spillover, i.e., the probability that infection establishes and spreads in a new species, and importation modelling that considers infection establishment and spread in a new geographic region.
  • The delivery will be a combination of lectures, guest lectures, and a series of short team projects that build towards larger team projects, and generate new novel insights on the topic of Modelling Disease Importations. A focus on projects is to capitalize on the unique venue for intensive, collaborative, in-person work.

Lecture topic list

General topics (any of the 5 instructors)

  • Basic ordinary differential equation model analysis
  • Bifurcations
  • Model parameterization, uncertainty, and assumptions
  • Modelling in R
  • Elementary stochastic processes
  • Gillespie SSA

Advanced topics

  • Importation modelling (Arino)
  • Metapopulations (Arino)
  • Modelling COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada (Hurford, Watmough)
  • Moving habitat models and infectious diseases (Hurford)
  • Zoonotic spillover (Greer)
  • Useful data sources to model importations (Arino)
  • Extending importation models (Hurford)
  • Modelling infectious diseases in Atlantic Canada (Hurford, Watmough)
  • Importations and immunity (Heffernan)

Guest speakers will be invited with the aim of fostering collaboration with public health experts (aCANMOD objective), and to inspire novel directions for projects.

Confirmed Instructors and affiliations

  • Dr. J. Arino (U of Manitoba, CANMOD, MfPH, OMNI)
  • Dr. A. Greer (U of Guelph, CANMOD, MfPH, OMNI)
  • Dr. J. Heffernan (York U, CANMOD – Scientific advisory board, MfPH, OMNI – lead of training
  • Dr. A. Hurford (Memorial University of NL (MUNL), CANMOD, MfPH, OMNI)
  • Dr. J. Watmough (MfPH, OMNI)
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23/08/19 AARMS-EIDM Summer School on Modelling Infectious Diseases
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Julien Arino »Julien Arino
Amy Greer »Amy Greer
Jane Heffernan »Jane Heffernan
Amy Hurford »Amy Hurford
James Watmough »James Watmough
Zoonosis »Zoonosis
Ecological Drivers of Spillover »Ecological Drivers of Spillover
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