JCU Events Modelling of Infectious Diseases Masterclass

JCU Events

Mon, 10 Jul 2023

Modelling of Infectious Diseases Masterclass

When: 10 July 2023, 8:30am -- 3pm

Where: JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield

James Cook University warmly invites you to a five day interactive Modelling of Infectious Diseases Masterclass Workshop.

This continuing professional development (CPD) masterclass is aimed at providing participants with an understanding of infectious disease modelling and some basic programming skills.

What distinguishes this workshop from other modelling courses is that we use R, a freely available language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.

This masterclass workshop delivers basic practical skills in developing and coding mathematical models to understand transmission dynamics of infectious disease such as COVID-19. Additionally, this will establish a foundation for further research or facilitate critical appraisal of mathematical modelling.


Anyone including undergraduates, postgraduates, and science-related professionals interested in mathematical modelling can register for this masterclass. The workshop will also applicable to health professionals such as doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and public health workers.


Basic familiarity with R is beneficial for the masterclass. We will provide students the materials and opportunities of an introduction to R as pre-learning to be complete prior to the masterclass.

After you register and purchase a ticket for the masterclass, you will receive introductory materials and you will be required to work through the R-test provided prior to the masterclass. If you pass the R-test, then you'll continue onto the face to face masterclass workshop. If you aren't able to pass the test then we will offer you a full refund for your ticket cost. The R-test can be completed multiple times, but must be completed and passed by the deadline provided (18 June 2023).

DATE: Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2023

TIME: 8.30am to 4pm (Monday to Thursday); 8.30am to 3pm (Friday)

LOCATION: JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield

MODE: Face to face

COST: Early bird $2,000 (closes 31 January 2023); Full price $2,400 (closes 17 June 2023)

REFRESHMENTS: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


Professor Emma McBryde

Professor Emma McBryde is an infectious diseases physician and her research work has focused on infectious diseases population dynamics. In particular, Professor McBryde has worked on mathematical and statistical modelling of diseases such as tuberculosis, COVID19, SARS and Ebola.

Associate Professor Roslyn Hickson

Associate Professor Roslyn Hickson is the joint JCU and CSIRO Science Leader for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Her research is broadly on informing policy and practice through the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, with a focus on emerging and neglected tropical diseases through the dual lenses of biosecurity and One Health.

Dr Michael Meehan

Dr Michael Meehan is an applied mathematician who specialises in modelling the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. He has previously developed models for COVID-19 and tuberculosis, and is particularly interested in genomic-driven infectious disease modelling.


Places are limited and registrations are essential. Register for this event here

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