SMIDDY 2023 Agenda

SMIDDY is a one-day, in-person meeting on October 20, 2023, in Bern, from 8:45 to 18:30. We are also delighted to offer SMIDDY 2023 meeting free of charge, including lunch and coffee ☕️🌮.

The theme of this meeting is “Modelling infectious diseases during the pandemic: advances in methods and its role for policy making“.

This pages features the meeting agenda, the list of posters presented and an access map. We’re looking forward to see you there.


  • Morning session chair: Sonja Lehtinen
  • Afternoon session chair: Andrew Azman
8:45Welcome coffee & Admission
📍Room: F-121, building: Unitobler,
Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern (gmap link)
9:15Judith Bouman, Joseph Lemaitre, Martin Wohlfender, and Christian AlthausOpening remarks and presentation of the new SMIDDY
9:30Samir Bhatt
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Keynote: Infectious diseases and their control – a modelling perspective
10:20Flavio Finger
Médecins Sans Frontières Epicentre
From the code to the field – perspectives on the use of epidemiological models in humanitarian contexts
10:35Coffee break
11:00Javier Perez-Saez
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
When purpose matters: four goals of mechanistic modeling for public health
11:15Jacob Curran-Sebastian
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Calculation of Epidemic First Passage and Peak Timing Distributions
11:30Laura di Domenico
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern
Data-driven modeling of COVID-19 spread in France to inform pandemic response
11:45Parham Sendi and Urs Mayr
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Building ships while weathering a storm: Gathering and analyzing data for decision-making during a pandemic
12:15Lunch (provided)
13:15Jacco Wallinga
RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), Netherlands
Keynote: Infectious Disease Data Analytics and Modeling: mpox, COVID-19
14:05David Dreifuss
Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich
Wastewater-Based Genomic Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Switzerland: Variant Detection, Tracking, and Modelling
14:20Coffee break + poster session
15:20Tanja Stadler, Samir Bhatt, Jacco Wallinga, Urs Mayr and Christian AlthausPanel discussion: Modelling infectious diseases during the pandemic: advances in methods and its role for policy making
Panel chair: Christian Althaus
16:15Beatriz Vidondo
Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern
Disease Dynamics African Swine Fever: wild boar movement/fleeing behaviour and network analysis of habitat patches
16:30Marco Labarile
University of Zürich
Quantifying and Predicting Ongoing HIV-1 Transmission Dynamics in Switzerland
16:45Cécile Viboud
Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, USA
Remote keynote: The US COVID-19 and influenza Scenario Modeling Hubs: generating long-term projections for decision-making
Muesmattstrasse 46, 3012 Bern, (gmap link)
18:30Meeting end


PresenterPoster title
Laurent Bächler, Pour DemainIs Early Detection of Pandemics Cost-Effective? Economic Study on Pathogen Surveillance in Switzerland
Kaspar Staub, University of ZurichQuantifying and reconstructing the “Spanish flu” in Zurich, 1918-1920
Cristiano Trevisin, EPFLA spatially explicit framework for effective reproduction numbers and epidemiological reactivity
Nicolas Banholzer,University of BernEffectiveness assessment of non-pharmaceutical interventions: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
Cecilia Valenzuela Agui, ETHPhylodynamics of asymptomatic infections: a SARS-CoV-2 screening study in the Swiss army
Juan Antonio Magalang,University of BernA Markov chain model for drug resistance with therapy changes

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