The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is organizing a 4-day intensive training course on modelling infectious disease risk in a changing climate in London from 25-28 August 2020. The course will be delivered by LSHTM experts working at the interface of climate prediction science and disease risk forecasting, based between the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health.
Multiple infectious diseases with high socioeconomic impacts have significant environmental drivers. Although there is a wealth of earth observation data freely available on the internet, this data is often stored in formats not typically used in epidemiology. Consequently, earth observations are rarely incorporated into disease prediction models to inform planning and mitigation actions.
The training course aims to introduce several tools to access, collate, visualise and analyse environmental, climatic, health and other ancillary datasets and will provide the opportunity to learn how such data can be incorporated into early warning prediction models to mitigate the impact of infectious disease epidemics.
Lectures and practical sessions will cover fundamentals of environmental and infectious disease interactions; climate services for health; the use of observational, model and forecast climate data at seasonal to decadal time scales; exploratory data analysis; time and space statistical modelling and Bayesian inference.
Eligible applicants: PhD students, early career researchers, data managers, public health and environment agency practitioners working on the impacts of climate on public health. Applicants from low and middle income countries are very welcome to apply. Participants are encouraged to bring specific scientific questions and data to be analysed for participant presentations and 1-2-1 tutorials.
More information can be found at the following link: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/short-courses/modelling-infectious-diseases-climate-change