Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 8 May 2017
Ends 19 May 2017
Central European Time
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and ELSEVIER are jointly organizing the above Workshop (May 8-16) and Conference (May 17-19), to be held on the ICTP campus in Trieste, Italy.

Impacts to health are some of the most important outcomes of a potentially changing climate. Infectious disease outbreaks, which are often associated with climate extremes or a changing environment, heavily affect the most vulnerable; the poorest members of society in low and middle income countries in the south. In addition to major killers such as malaria, recent global health concerns include the ebola crisis and the ongoing pandemic of Zika. Understanding how environmental circumstances and changes in socio-economic factors, such as increasing population mobility, have lead to such outbreaks is key.

This workshop and 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. The workshop is a continuation and development of a highly successful series of events held, both at ICTP and outside in Brazil (ICTP-SAIFR) and Tanzania, in recent years.

The first five days of the workshop component will include a series of basic and advanced lectures on the theory behind the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, with a focus on the calibration of these models with health datasets, and, how to account for environmental factors, including climate. Lab classes will introduce the participants to hands-on practicals concerning the development of mathematical models.

On Monday and Tuesday of week 2, lectures will consider policies and mechanisms of intervention to prevent or reduce the spread of infectious diseases related to environmental change and future prospects for tackling emerging and neglected diseases.

On Wednesday to Friday of week 2, participants will have the opportunity to attend the 2nd International Conference on Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Diseases 2017.

Further details of the IECID conference are available at

The workshop is intended specifically for scientists and graduate students working in the areas of Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Climatology, Oceanography, Physics and Mathematics, although scientists from all member countries of the United Nations, UNESCO and IAEA may apply. The activity will be conducted in English.

A limited number of grants are available to support the travel and living expenses of selected participants, with priority given to those working in a developing country and who are at the early stages of their career. No registration fee for the workshop is required.


Mercedes Pascual (University of Chicago), Andy Dobson (Princeton university), Aaron King (University of Michigan), Local Organiser: Adrian Tompkins