EEID 2021

11-14 June
Montpellier, France

18th Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases meeting

In the tradition of previous EEID meetings, we will continue to explore the diversity of diseases featuring the usual parasite suspects across a wide range of host species. Four scientific themes will be addressed:

1. Diversity of host resistance to pathogens

Several different host strategies can evolve to resist pathogens. Can we use this diversity to limit pathogen spread and evolution? In this session we will explore the dynamics of this diversity, its impact on pathogen epidemiology and potential counter-defenses in the pathogen population.

Keynote speakers:

Jean-Benoit Morel, Montpellier, France

Anne Chevallereau, Exeter, UK

2. Disease control: epidemiological, ecological and evolutionary consequences

Different control strategies (vaccination, drugs…) can be used to control infectious diseases. What are the epidemiological and evolutionary consequences of these interventions? In this session we will discuss how to optimise control strategies.

Keynote speakers:

Jessica Metcalf, Princeton, USA

Scott Nuismer, Idaho, USA

3. The crazy life of microbes

Many pathogens have evolved complex transmission strategies and/or life cycles. How do pathogens evolve these odd transmission strategies and what are the consequences for epidemiological and evolutionary dynamics? In this session we will explore the diversity of pathogen life histories and their (co)evolutionary origins.

Keynote speakers:

St├ęphane Blanc, Montpellier, France

Kimberley Seed, Berkeley, USA

4. Using genomics and immunity to infer pathogen dynamics

Genomics and serological studies provide new data on pathogens. Can we use this data to learn about the ecology and the evolution of infectious diseases? In this session we will explore how genomics and immunity profiles can help understand past epidemics and prevent future ones.

Keynote speakers:

Tanja Stadler, Zurich, Switzerland

Henrik Salje, Cambridge, UK