E2M2: Ecological & Epidemiological Modeling in Madagascar


🛑 We are excited to announce that E2M2 2022 will take place December 9-17!
Please apply here by September 16, 2022!


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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.


Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm East Africa Time (GMT+3) on Friday, September 16, 2022 if you wish to be considered.

All application materials must be submitted in English. The application consists of:

  • Form linked here!
  • Uploaded .pdf file with:
    • Curriculum Vitae (Limit: 4 pages).
    • Research Abstract. Please present an abstract for a project you would like to undertake that involves applying models to data. This can be your ongoing research project or a hypothetical project of your choosing. (Limit: 250 words).
    • Statement of Interest and Intent. Please describe why you are interested in this program and what you will gain from the experience. (Limit: 500 words).
    • Please save your application as a single, collated PDF with a name that follows: “E2M2_Application_YourLastName_YourFirstName.pdf”.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cara Brook (cbrook@uchicago.edu) or Fidisoa Rasambainarivo (fidy@mahaliana.org) with any questions or concerns. We hope to see your application in September!


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