May 7, 2016

International, Interdisciplinary, Educational and Capacity Building Workshop

This international, interdisciplinary, educational and capacity building workshop brought together the two subjects of infectious diseases and invasive species and the context of climate change, thus allowing sharing of methods and building partnerships. The workshop addressed a whole range of topics from field-work and collecting of data to the building and validating of models; the adjustment of models to take into account the changing environment and the social characteristics; and the design and implementation of strategies to fight infectious diseases and invasive species.

Special emphasis was put on African diseases and invasive species, as well as the characteristics of the changing environment in Africa. This workshop took place at AIMS South Africa from 1 to 6 May 2016 and had 15 speakers and 52 attendees (including 22 AIMS South Africa students. It was organised by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), the International Social Science Council (ISSC). the International Council of INdustrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), the ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA), ecoHEALTH from Future Earth, the International Society for Biometeorology (ISB), the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), UNESCO and Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE), and supported by the International Council of Science (ICSU).

The best poster award went to Kouassi Richard M’Bra with an honourable mention going to Isabella Moraa Ondiba

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