Month: January 2018

Applications now open for 2018 short course in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases at Imperial College London

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Imperial College Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology short course on:

Introduction to Mathematical Models of the EPIDEMIOLOGY & CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Short Course for Professionals from 3rd-14th September 2018 at Imperial College London 

We would be very grateful if you could forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested in this course. 

For further information & to apply, please visit 

In recent years, our understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and control has been greatly increased through mathematical modelling. Since 1990, this course has explained the basics of mathematical modelling and kept public-health professionals, policy makers, and infectious disease researchers up-to-date with what they need to know about this fast-moving field. The course is taught by individuals who are actively engaged in research and who advise governments, international organisations, public health agencies and pharmaceutical companies. 

Imperial College London’s Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology is a world leader in mathematical modelling of the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of humans and animals. It has developed models of pandemic influenza, Ebola, SARS, HIV, TB, foot-and-mouth-disease, malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases, helminth infections, STIs, bacterial infections and many more. 

Participants only need a very basic mathematical ability (high school level is sufficient). Since most participants do not use maths regularly, if at all, we introduce concepts gently, step-by-step, and offer an optional ‘maths refresher’ day. We use simple software such as Excel (for which we offer an optional refresher) in practicals which allow the participants to have a hands-on approach and to explore theoretical concepts on real-life data. 

Feedback from previous participants about the course includes:

“Exceeded my expectations. Excellent.”

“The course adjusts to all levels, by the time you complete it you have a good understanding of modelling and a love for it.”

“This is a must if you are dealing with infectious diseases.”

Participants have included epidemiologists, hospital clinicians, senior public health executives, policy makers, health economists, veterinary researchers, biologists and mathematicians. 

If you have any questions, please contact 

Best regards,

Dr Natsuko Imai and Dr Joanna Lewis

Imperial Speakers Toastmasters Club

Our club helps students improve their public speaking and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment. At every meeting, students have the opportunity to give speeches on a variety of topics, practice impromptu speaking, offer constructive and detailed feedback to each other, and socialize with a diverse group of people from across the Imperial College community. Each meeting provides a valuable opportunity for students to hone the public speaking skills that are essential to effective lab meetings, conferences, class presentations, and other professional events. Our club serves undergraduate and postgrad students from all backgrounds, as well as staff members and postdoctoral researchers.

We are working diligently to increase our club’s profile on campus. Therefore, we would sincerely appreciate it if you could share information about our club on any email lists, college news websites, or other online resources for the students you serve.

Our meeting schedule during this term is every Thursday at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm at Sir Alexander Fleming Building room 119. The only exceptions are on January 11th and February 22nd when we are meeting at Huxley Building room 140.

Students can visit as many meetings as they wish as guests, but a membership fee applies if they would like to be an official member of the group. Membership rates can be found on the club’s Union page.

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Best wishes, Katia Hougaard

VP of Education and PR, Imperial Speakers Toastmasters Club

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