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    EuFMD Secretariat
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    Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
    00153 Rome, Italy
    Tel: +39 06 57055528
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The EuFMD Modeling Network webinar series is back!

The 6th webinar in the series was held on 2 December. Entitled "Optimising foot-and-mouth disease control: the role of clear objectives and real-time updating", the webinar was given by Will Probert. Will is a Research Fellow with Dr Michael Tildesley at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham. Will's research focuses on applying frameworks for phrasing, and techniques for solving, optimisation problems associated with the control of FMD outbreaks.


The FMD Model Network, created by the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), is a forum for modelers to discuss relevant issues and reach out to policy makers and others who are interested in learning more about modeling. Since the Network was formed in autumn 2014, it has attracted worldwide attention with 110 members hailing from Europe, Australasia, North America and beyond.


The network organizes a webinar series on a regular basis, allowing members to present and share the work with others. Here below the webinars held to date:


  • 24 February 2015: Data driven models of foot-and-mouth disease: reviewing outbreak models and highlighting new research in an endemic setting Page (Presenters: Laura Pomeroy, Melissa McLaws);
  • 15 April 2015: Modelling spread of highly infectious diseases in the EU before detection – the example of African Swine Fever Page (Presenters: Annette Nigsch, Barbara Wieland, Melissa McLaws);
  • 28 May 2015: Model development - issues and best practices: Foot and mouth disease transmission models and the estimation of parameters Page (Presenters: Jonathan Rushton, João Afonso, Thomas Hagenaars, Melissa McLaws);
  • 25 June 2015: Colleen Webb & Lindsay Beck-Johnson: Ensemble modeling for use in epidemiology: a foot and mouth disease case study Page (Presenters: Colleen Webb, Lindsay Beck-Johnson, Melissa McLaws); and
  • 2nd December 2015: Optimising foot-and-mouth disease control: the role of clear objectives and real-time updating Page (Presenters: Will Probert, Melissa McLaws).


They are best viewed in real-time, but for those who cannot make it, all are recorded and may be accessed on the password protected Model Network webpage (email [email protected] to have access).


The next webinar of this series will be held on January 20th, 2016. At this time, Sarah Welby from CODA-CERVA will present on "Evaluation of surveillance for freedom of disease versus early detection across countries: Case study adapting scenario tree methodology using Reed Frost models"


The EuFMD is also preparing other webinars linked to the Progressive Control Pathway, to Westeurasia FMD topics and those of interest to North Africa, as well as specific FMD training sessions: