E2M2: Ecological & Epidemiological Modeling in Madagascar

🛑 E2M2 2022 will take place December 9-17!
Applications are now closed, and students have been notified. We are looking forward to seeing you in December!


December 9-17, 2022

Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Antananarivo & Centre ValBio, Ranomafana National Park

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual E2M2: Ecological and Epidemiological Modeling in Madagascar, to be held December 9-17, 2022, with time split between Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (IPM) in Antananarivo and Centre ValBio (CVB) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. The course will include a 1-day introduction to basic programming in R (‘R Bootcamp’) to be held at IPM, followed by a week-long intensive workshop at CVB aimed to provide an introduction to the use of dynamical models in understanding ecological and epidemiological data. Finally, students will have the opportunity to present research plans in a final symposium to follow the workshop, once again at IPM, in January 2023.

Throughout E2M2, students will participate in a series of interactive lectures and computer-based tutorials and learn to fine-tune model-based research questions, develop clear model frameworks and corresponding equations, and fit models to real-world data. All students will work closely with peers and faculty to develop a research plan for an ongoing or existing project integrating dynamical modeling with data collection and/or analysis in a biological system of their choosing. These research plans can then be used as a foundation for future dissertation or grant proposals.

The course will be targeted towards students in their third cycle or higher in biology, mathematics, medicine, public health, or related fields, though all are welcome to apply. The course will be taught primarily in English, though a subset of the faculty will be available to offer some translation into French and/or Malagasy. A working knowledge of the English language is required for admission; however, we will do our best to make the material accessible to students who find English challenging.

The application window has now closed. Applications were due on Friday, September 16, 2022. Applicants have already been informed of their application status. For interested future applicants, please check back in ~September 2023 for updated plans for next year’s course.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Cara Brook (cbrook@uchicago.edu) or Fidisoa Rasambainarivo (fidy@mahaliana.org) with any questions or concerns.

A working outline of our 2022 syllabus is available for your perusal here, and materials from previous years’ courses can be accessed at E2M2 2020, E2M2 2019 and E2M2 2018.

Misaotra betsaka from the E2M2 organizing team!

Cara Brook, Fidy Rasambainarivo, Hafaliana Christian Ranaivoson, Andres Garchitorena, Angelo Andrianiaina, Fifi Ravelomanantsoa, Santino Andry, Gwen Kettenburg, Sophia Horigan, Kendall Fitzgerald