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One Society Network’s Fall Seminar Series

The One Society Network (OSN) is offering introductory seminars, running from October 24th, 2022 to December 15th, 2022, that give an overview of the dynamic connections between pandemics, like COVID-19, and diverse aspects of society. These seminars will explore the comprehensive impacts of pandemics and pandemic response on some key sectors of the economy and population subgroups, including the environment, education, agriculture and marginalized populations, among others.

Please register here:  click here to register!

Past seminars will be recorded and posted online at onesocietynetwork.ca/past-events/, shortly after the live viewing.

CIHR COVID-19 Task Force Showcase & Book Launch

April 7, 2022, 1:00 – 5:00 pm EDT 

Learn more: CIHR COVID-19 Task Force Showcase & Book Launch

Please register here and you will receive the Zoom link in the registration confirmation email.

Improving the Multilateral COVID Response

The World Bank

April 12, 2022

Live on YouTube


Canadian Mathematical Society and OMNI-RÉUNIS – Mini Course – An Introduction of Modelling for Infectious Diseases with Vaccination (Dec 2, 11:00 – 14:00 EST)

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) has joined efforts with OMNI-RÉUNIS and Dr. Elena Aruffo of OMNI-RÉUNIS to organize and lead an introductory mini-course on infectious disease modelling.

For more information on CMS mini-courses, please visit: https://winter21.cms.math.ca/index.php/mini-courses/.

An introduction of modelling for infectious diseases with vaccination

Thursday December 2 | 11:00 – 14:00 EST

Organizer: Elena Aruffo

About the mini-course: Mathematical models have been an important tool to help decision makers in preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. This mini course is aimed to provide an introduction to infectious disease modeling, starting with the description of simple transmission dynamics from basic models and extending them to more complex models, where age structure, and vaccination and immunity processes are included.

The course will illustrate participants multiple compartmental models describing the dynamic of COVID-19, capturing the different non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene) used as first control of the spread of the novel virus and the ongoing vaccine campaign. This course will also show how data is used to inform mathematical models and their parameters. As an example, the modelling of COVID-19 for Toronto Public Health will be presented.

Colloquium on Mathematics for Public Health

September 7 – December 14, 2021, The Fields Institute

Please follow the link for the program, and register here.

 Capturing Economic Impacts in Pandemic Policy

IHE CEO Dr. Christopher McCabe presented on September 15th to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) COVID-19 Recovery Call webinar series on the One Society Network which he co-chairs with Dr. Christopher Cotton of Queen’s University. The presentation was titled: “One Society Network: Capturing Economic Impacts in Pandemic Policy”.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PNWER (www.pnwer.org) began assembling calls of elected officials in the Pacific Northwest Region to discuss ways to respond to COVID-19 as a region. The goal of the call series is to share information and promote best practices to ensure decision makers in the region have a working understanding of the ‘puzzle pieces’ that will support safe sustainable post-COVID economic recovery.

Link to presentation: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8343973/video/606663779 

Mathematics for Public Health (MfPH) – EDI Special Session Dec 7th & 14th, Winter Courses

1. Two special Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) sessions are coming up on December 7thand December 14th, 2021:

  • December 7th– Dr Sharmistha Mishra, MD PhD. (U of T) along with her team will draw on the field of HIV modelling, whose early history was fraught with stigmatizing language and discussion examples of common analytic biases when interpreting data in the context of communities disproportionately affected by HIV and by COVID-19 with examples from modelling and data related to HIV and of COVID-19.
  • December 14th–  Professor Nathaniel Osgood (U of Saskatchewan) and his team will present their experience with Northern Communities and marginalized groups and modelling of infectious diseases.
  • There will be a 3rdsession in the New Year, with a panel discussion and a shared framework for EDI for MfPH.

We would be delighted if members of the larger network would like to attend. Further details and registration can be found here: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/activities/21-22/public-health-colloquium.


2. Accepting applications to our two EIDM Winter courses commencing January 7th:

Infectious Disease Modelling: Theory and Methods taught by Professor Seyed Moghadas.

Machine Learning Statistical Methods for Disease Transmission Modelling taught by Professor Nathaniel Osgood.

These 11-week courses are free for students registered at Canadian Universities, and $100 for anyone else.