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​​Climate Change and Infectious Disease Dynamics – the knowns, the needs and the challenges​

​​Join us for the 2023 CMMID Annual Lecture

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​We have the pleasure of welcoming Professor Joacim Rocklöv to speak at the CMMID Annual Lecture 2023, who will discuss how dynamical models are developed and applied within the area of climate and environmental change, going beyond factoring in seasonal patterns, but also using known mechanisms and data for informing models structures and parameterisation. 

​You can look forward to hearing about examples of what can be learned from such models and how the outputs can be policy and user-relevant. The talk will cover knowledge gaps in our understanding of infectious disease dynamics and climate change, and the challenges and advantages of using dynamical models compared to other data-driven approaches. Professor Rocklöv will also elaborate on research needs going forward and the potentially important role dynamical models could play in the future, and how new data-driven dynamical approaches would need to be developed and applied for such purposes. The talk will then demonstrate applications within the area of climate and environmental change.​ 


​​Professor Joacim Rocklöv, Heidelberg University

Joacim Rocklov

​Joacim Rocklöv is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing at Heidelberg University where he leads the Climate-sensitive Infectious Disease lab (CSIDlab). He is also a Guest Professor at Umea University in Sweden. Joacim´s background is within mathematics and statistics, and his research within the interdisciplinary area of epidemiology, global health, modelling, data science, and environmental and climate science. Joacim is lead investigator and co-investigator on several larger collaborative projects within the intersection of climate change and infectious disease, pandemic prevention and preparedness, and nature-based solutions. His research group constitute around 25 researchers and assistants from a diverse set of backgrounds. The team is particularly engaged in investigating how dynamic models can be applied and developed within the area to bring new insights on drivers and applying data-driven approaches to study trends, to provide early alerts and to inform preparedness. The team is also engaged in analysing novel data streams for monitoring and surveillance. Overall, the team’s research focuses on vector-borne and zoonotic diseases from an upstream planetary to a human-centric perspective, in connection with policymakers and stakeholders from a diverse range of sectors. 

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