2014 Baume Travel Grant

Alexandra Hogan presented at the annual Society for Mathematical Biology conference in Osaka, Japan

Giving a talk was a great opportunity to receive feedback from some of the key people working in mathematical epidemiology internationally

I received the Baume Travel Grant to attend the annual Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) conference, held this year as a joint meeting with the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology, in Osaka, Japan, from 28 July to 1 August 2014. There were over 400 attendees at the conference.  I sincerely thank the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) and the Baume Travel Grant, as well as SMB’s Landahl Travel Grant, for supporting my attendance.

I gave a talk titled ‘Mathematical models for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)’. I am undertaking this research as part of my PhD in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, under the supervision of Dr Kathryn Glass, Dr Hannah Moore and Dr Stephanie Davis.

My talk formed part of a themed minisymposium organised by Robert Smith?, which focussed on recent perspectives in mathematical epidemiology. Giving a talk was a great opportunity to receive feedback from some of the key people working in mathematical epidemiology internationally; I received some particularly valuable research suggestions relating to modelling age structures and interpreting sensitivity analyses.

As well as expanding my knowledge of my direct field of research, I really enjoyed gaining some exposure to other areas of mathematical biology, and hearing about new areas of research. For example, there were several talks about digital epidemiology, a field I find fascinating! These talks included approaches to real-time forecasting of epidemics using social media, Wikipedia article views, and Google Flu Trends.

It was great to make networks with academics from a broad range of institutions. I also had a chance to reconnect with some Australian and New Zealand colleagues. I had a fantastic time and gained so much from this travel opportunity.

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