Networks in disease ecology: a new satellite at NetSci2018

Pathogens do not spread in isolation and disease outbreaks are the result of complex ecological processes where different infectious agents compete or cooperate, undergo mutations and cross the species barriers, spreading through a variety of host populations. The host contact network is heterogeneous, high-dimensional and dynamics. Understanding such biological complexity is key to address some major public health emergencies, such as the spread of antibiotic resistance, and the disease emergence from zoonotic sources – as in the case of Ebola and Zika.

This important field, that is recently attracting a large interest in the network science community, will be explored by “Networks in disease ecology”, a new satellite coming in Paris, France, June 11, 2018. Held at NetSci 2018 - International School and Conference on Network Science (11-15 June 2018), and organized by ISI Foundation Research Leader Michele Tizzoni, Fakhteh Ghanbarnejad (Tu Berlin) and Chiara Poletto (Inserm & UPMC), the meeting will gather the diverse and interdisciplinary community of scientists working on modelling multi-level and multi-agent spreading dynamics along with its application in disease ecology.

Invited speakers are ISI Foundation Research Leader Yamir Moreno (University of Zaragoza), Eugenio Valdano (Universitat Rovira I Virgili), Shai Pilosof (University of Chicago), Laurent Hébert-Dufresne (University of Vermont), and Sébastien Lion (Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionelle – Evolutive France). Abstract submission is open, with deadline on March, 2, 2018. Among suggested topics are Multi-host transmission, Multi-pathogen/multi-strain interaction in humans, animals and plants, Physics of interacting spreading processes, Spreading phenomena on multilayer networks, Interacting spreading processes within a wider framework, Pathogen mutation and evolution, and Disease transmission at the animal-human interface/One Health approach.

Networks in disease ecology: modeling interacting pathogens, multiple host layers, and evolution, NetSci 2018 satellite, Paris (France), June 11, 2018. Website: