The Mordecai Lab will host the 1st Bay Area Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (BAEEID) meeting at Stanford University on March 2nd, 2019.
This free, 1-day conference will provide graduate students, postdocs, and faculty an opportunity to present and gather feedback on their latest research, propose new research directions, and build connections with local collaborators.
We hope that this meeting will become an annual event hosted by rotating institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
BAEEID 2019 is sponsored by Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, Center for Innovation in Global Health, and Program in Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment. Their generous contributions are allowing us to offer free registration to make the meeting more accessible.
Infectious disease is an increasing threat to global public health, and the complexity of disease dynamics necessitates a clear understanding of their ecology and evolution. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many research programs in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease. However, there is little interaction or collaboration between groups at different institutions.
The National Science Foundation recognizes that increasing collaboration among researchers is as critical for ‘advancing a field’ and ‘creating new directions in research’ as funding individual researchers, as demonstrated by their recent investment in Research Coordination Networks (RCNs). We believe that increasing communication among research groups in the Bay Area and developing a strong, local collaborative network is a prime opportunity to advance our field. Further, due to our geographical proximity, we can do so effectively at a fraction of the cost of an RCN award.