Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion workshop

2 – 6 May 2016

The International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), the International Social Science Council (ISSC). the International Council of INdustrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), the ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA), ecoHEALTH from Future Earth, the International Society for Biometeorology (ISB), the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), UNESCO and Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) are co-organizing a capacity building workshop “Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion” supported by the International Council of Science (ICSU).

This international, interdisciplinary, educational and capacity building workshop will bring together the two subjects of infectious diseases and invasive species and the context of climate change, thus allowing sharing the methods and building partnerships. The workshop will address the whole range of topics from field-work and collecting of data to the building and validating of models, to the adjustment of models to take into account the changing environment and the social characteristics, and to the design and implementation of strategies to fight infectious diseases and invasive species. Special emphasis will be put on African diseases and invasive species, as well as the characteristics of changing environment in Africa.

Goals of the Conference

The main objectives of the workshop are to network communities coming from different backgrounds (biology, mathematical sciences, medicine, social sciences and global environment change) and different parts of the the world, and having an interest in the study and control of epidemic diseases and invasive species, and to contribute to the training of young researchers.




  • Surfers Corner Apartments Empire Building (across from AIMS campus and beach) Beach Road, Muizenberg
  • Bella Ev Guesthouse 8 Camp Road (walking distance from AIMS) Muizenberg
  • The Muize B&B 3 Dartmouth road, Muizenberg (walking distance from AIMS) Blue Bottle Guesthouse 18 Mount road, Muizenberg (high up on the mountain. Only reachable by stairs) Contact: Andrew Email:
  • All booking are to be done with booking agent, Clair Timlin –

Eligibility: The workshop is mostly aimed at young researchers and postgraduate students, with a majority coming from Africa. International experts from around the world will give the minicourses and lectures and will lead the working groups. There will be a limited number of contributed talks and a poster session.

Applications are now closed.

Criteria:The workshop is planned for 50 participants. The participants from Africa will receive full funding.


Administration and logistics: Rene January

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