New conference: Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases (#IECID2015)

Multidisciplinary conference will explore how environmental changes are affecting dynamics of infectious diseases worldwide

Environmental changes can affect the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases by making conditions more (or less) conducive for the survival of pathogens and their vectors and by prompting mass movement of human and animal populations. These changes can include loss of biodiversity and habitat, increasing temperature, rising sea levels, and climatic instability leading to longer and more severe periods of drought or rainfall.

How to participate

To submit an abstract

The conference is accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. The deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014. To submit an abstract, visit the conference website:

To register

With the "early bird" rates, academics and industry members can receive €100 off if they register by December 5. Register here.

Sponsorship and commercial options are also available.

To participate on social media

On Twitter, follow @ParisitologyELS and use the hashtag #IECID2015.

To address the challenges raised by ongoing environmental variations and their impact on infectious diseases, Elsevier in partnership with Cell Press and The Lancet will host the inaugural international conference on the Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases (IECID2015) from March 23 to 25, 2015, in Sitges, Spain. This new conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers from the wide range of disciplines relevant to this increasingly important topic.

Leading scientists from around the world have come together to organize the scientific program. The major themes that will be discussed include:

  • The effects of climate changes, globalization, urbanization and habitat loss on infectious disease patterns in human and animal populations.
  • Socio-demographic and economic factors influencing populations and their impact on the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases.
  • Policies and mechanisms of intervention to prevent or reduce the spread of infectious diseases related to alternations of the environment.
  • Future prospects for tackling emerging and neglected diseases.

Environmental changes and infectious diseases

There are many ways environmental changes are influencing the occurrence and range of infectious diseases in humans and animals. For instance, climate changes, including significant warming, have increased the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and changes in the hydrological cycle are leading to widespread biotic and abiotic variations across the globe. The ever increasing urbanization of human populations is creating strain on food production and tremendous burdens on health provision with subsequent socioeconomic consequences.

The resulting modifications of community structures, ecosystem dynamics, host vulnerability, and the ecology of infectious diseases are changing in complex and sometimes unanticipated ways, including the emergence of new infectious diseases and zoonoses (diseases transmitted between species).

During the conference, participants will explore issues such as:

  • The impact of current and predicted environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife and livestock across the globe.
  • Similarities and differences among different pathogen taxa and geographic regions.
  • Predictive models to provide strategic public health responses to changing environments.
  • Threats to biodiversity caused by an increased prevalence of infectious diseases in populations at risk through habitat loss and shifts in predator-prey dynamics.

The event will provide a forum for leading scientists from varied disciplines to discuss and generate new insights into the ecology, health impacts, prevention and mitigation of infectious diseases in a rapidly changing environment.


The Conference Committee

Conference chairs

  • Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, DPhil, Climate Change and Health Team Leader, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
  • Simon Hay, DPhil, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada

Committee members

  • Sonia Altizer, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Georgia, USA
  • Colin Butler, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australia
  • Jan Semenza, PhD, MPH, Head of Health Determinants Programme, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Sweden
  • Hongjie Yu, MD, MPH, Director, Division for Infectious Diseases, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China


Recent related research published in Elsevier journals

Urbanisation and health in China
The Lancet
, Volume 379, Issue 9818, 3–9 March 2012, Pages 843–852
Prof Peng Gong, PhD, Song Liang, PhD, Elizabeth J Carlton, PhD, Prof Qingwu Jiang, MD, Jianyong Wu, PhD, Lei Wang, PhD, Dr Justin V Remais, PhD

Dengue outlook for the World Cup in Brazil: an early warning model framework driven by real-time seasonal climate forecasts*
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
, Available online 16 May 2014
Rachel Lowe, Christovam Barcellos, Caio A S Coelho, Trevor C Bailey, Giovanini Evelim Coelho, Richard Graham, Tim Jupp, Walter Massa Ramalho, Marilia Sá Carvalho, David B Stephenson, Xavier Rodó

*Read the Elsevier Connect story "Scientists predict dengue fever risk during World Cup in Brazil"

Exploiting parallels between livestock and wildlife: Predicting the impact of climate change on gastrointestinal nematodes in ruminants
International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, Available online 15 February 2014
Hannah Rose, Bryanne Hoar, Susan J. Kutz, Eric R. Morgan

Interplay between environment, agriculture and infectious diseases of poverty: Case studies in China
Acta Tropica, Available online 29 July 2013
Guo-Jing Yang, Jürg Utzinger, Xiao-Nong Zhou

Major emerging and re-emerging zoonoses in China: a matter of global health and socioeconomic development for 1.3 billion
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
, Available online 22 May 2014
Quan Liu, Lili Cao, Xing-Quan Zhu

Growing population and ecosystem change increase human schistosomiasis around Lake Malaŵi
Trends in Parasitology, Volume 30, Issue 5, May 2014, Pages 217–220
Bert Van Bocxlaer, Christian Albrecht, Jay R. Stauffer Jr

Local adaptation to temperature and the implications for vector-borne diseases
Trends in Parasitology, Volume 30, Issue 3, March 2014, Pages 115–122
Eleanore D. Sternberg , Matthew B. Thomas

Elsevier Connect Contributors

Dale Seaton, PhDDr. Dale Seaton is Executive Publisher at Elsevier, where he manages the Parasitology and Entomology journals portfolios, including the International Journal for Parasitology and Acta Tropica.

He holds a BSc degree in Zoology and a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology, both from Edinburgh University. He held post-doc positions at La Trobe University and Melbourne University in Australia.[divider]

Paul-André Genest, PhDDr. Paul-André Genest has been working at Elsevier for the past two years as Managing Editor for two recently launched open access journals: the International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance and the International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. During that period, he has concomitantly been the Managing Editor for the Malaria Nexus web portal. He was recently appointed to the role of Associate Publisher and will manage and develop a portfolio of journals in Life Sciences.

Dr. Genest has a BSc degree in Biology and an MSc degree in Microbiology-Immunology from the Université Laval in Québec City, Canada, and a PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Amsterdam. He held two postdoc research positions at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam prior to joining Elsevier.[divider]

Lynn Sherrer, PhDDr. Lynn Sherrer is the Editor of the Cell Press reviews journal Trends in Parasitology. Dr. Sherrer obtained her BS in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining Cell Press in 2010, she spent six years as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.

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