The Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Diseases: Progress and Next Steps (23w5151)


(McMaster University)

Caroline Colijn (Simon Fraser University)

Irena Papst (Public Health Agency of Canada)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "The Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Diseases: Progress and Next Steps" workshop in Banff from November 12 to November 17, 2023.

What have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how can we be better prepared for the next global outbreak? This workshop brings together collaborative teams of modellers, statisticians, epidemiologists, genomics experts, public health decision-makers, and those implementing and delivering interventions who have been working together in a research network, aiming to increase Canada’s capacity for data-driven emerging infectious disease modelling to directly support future public health decisions. This BIRS meeting is an important opportunity for network members and collaborators to share the outcomes of their research over the two years since the network was launched with funding from the federal government. The questions being tackled at this workshop are grounded in public health needs and generated in partnership between research investigators and knowledge users – public health leaders, health administrators and policy-makers.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).