The COVID-19 pandemic brought together researchers from various diseases and subfields, leading to fruitful discussions on infectious disease dynamics, modeling, and policy-making. Time and again it also highlighted the depth of expertise within Switzerland’s infectious disease modeling community!

Infectious disease researchers at University of Bern seized the opportunity to build on this momentum and foster the community around infectious disease modeling in Switzerland, which prompted the revival of the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics in October 2023. Infectious disease researchers at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) have now joined force with the SMIDDY’23 team to move forward and realize the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics in August 2024.

Inspired by initiatives such as IDDconf and The BioNet, we aim to establish a society to support Switzerland’s infectious disease modeling community. And hopefully organize regular networking events and seminars, building an inclusive platform that provides opportunities for researchers and policy-makers at all career stages to share their work and foster scientific collaborations across Switzerland.

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SMIDDY’24 Committee

SMIDDY 2024 is organized by Lydia Braunack-Mayer, Alexis Martin, Maximillian Richter, Ottavia Prunas, Swapnoleena Ventura Sen, Aurelie Jeandron, Flavia Camponovo, Gloria Shirima, Emilie Pothin, and is supported by Daria Hofer.


What is the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics?

The “Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics” (SMIDDY) is a one-day meeting focused on the mathematical, computational, and statistical modeling of infectious diseases.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together researchers from different fields within Switzerland, ranging from fundamental research to public health policy-making. Several research groups will have the opportunity to present their work in a dedicated forum, learn about other projects and foster future collaborations.


Revival SMIDDY has been revived in 2023 by Joseph Lemaitre, Judith Bouman, and Christian Althaus. The structure of this new platform was defined at the 2023 SMIDDY Annual meeting.

Continuation Attendees from Swiss TPH in SMIDDY 2023 were inspired to host SMIDDY 2024 in Allschwill, Basel. The continuation for next year’s meeting will be defined at the 2024 SMIDDY Annual meeting.

Founders SMIDDY was initiated in 2010 by Christian Althaus and Dr. Janneke Heijne while working at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern. SMIDDY held annual meetings between 2010 and 2016.

Contact us!

SMIDDY is currently located at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern.

For general information and questions regarding SMIDDY, please contact us by email: team@smiddy.ch