Identify signs and drivers of zoonotic diseases emergence and digital data resources for Epidemic Intelligence

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Identify signs and drivers of zoonotic diseases emergence and digital data resources for Epidemic Intelligence

September 28 September 29 CEST

MOOD partners are invited to join this 2-days hybrid workshop organized by Working Package 2 Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy). This workshop will provide a forum for showcasing current research and findings in the field as well as for identifying critical questions and future research challenges including the provisioning of new tools and data for Epidemic Intelligence and highlighting the interdisciplinary approaches needed to meet them under the One Health umbrella.

The scientific program will be organized in 5 sessions with plenary lectures by international experts (keynote) followed by a presentation session (oral or posters) from MOOD partners and other invited experts. The workshop will conclude with a final round table discussion. Other side events will be organized to disseminate the key messages arising from this workshop.

Abstracts are invited for consideration as talks and posters, especially but not exclusively on the disease system included in the MOOD project and in particular on the topics covered during the workshop as specified in the scientific program.

Scientific program

Day 1 – 28 September 2022
Theme: Which drivers and how do they affect disease emergence?

9:00-10:00Registration and opening Dr Annapaola Rizzoli (FEM)
Dr Elena Arsevska (CIRAD)
Dr Renaud Lancelot (CIRAD)
Opening plenary presentation
10:00-11:00Opening plenary lecture 1
The ecology of pathogen invasion and prevention
Prof. Peter Hudson
Penn State
11:00-12:00Opening plenary lecture 2
Molecular properties of emerging and new viruses and new tools for their tracking
Prof. Marion Koopmans
Erasmus MC
12.00-13.00Lunch break
Session 1- Cross-cutting theme:
Which drivers and how they affect disease emergence
Session 1a: Climate and environment as drivers of infectious disease: the evidenceChair: Dr William Wint
Keynote: What climate data are out there and which should you use for modelling  Dr William Wint
Keynote: What needs to be done to climate drivers to make them model friendly?  Dr Donal Bisanzio
RTI International
Session 1b:  Biodiversity loss, wildlife conservation, host and pathogen traits Chair: Dr Annapaola Rizzoli
Keynote: Pathogens spillover: lesson learned from bat-borne virusesProf. Raina Plowright
Cornell University
Keynote: Describing the diversity of tick-borne pathogens to understand their transmission routes and manage their emergenceDr Xavier Bailly
INRAE, France
Keynote: The impact of climate change on timing of migration, breeding biology and spatial distribution of Italian bird populations involved in the epidemiology of the West Nile Disease.Dr Lorenzo Serra
ISPRA, Italy
Session 1c: Socio-economical drivers of diseases emergence Chair: Dr Luca Busani
Keynote: Epidemiology of SARS-Cov-2 and public health indicatorsDr Stefano Merler
Keynote: Gender and infectious diseasesDr Anna Ruggieri
19:00-22:00Social dinner

Day 2 – 29 September 2022
Theme: What methods and tools can be applied to drivers to provide early warning and rapid disease risk assessment?

Opening plenary presentation
8.30-9.30Harvesting the potential of big data for vector-borne disease outbreaksProf. Jan Semenza
Heidelberg University
9.30-10.30Data sharing and integration in public healthProf. Gianni Rezza
ISS, Italy
10.30-11.00Coffee break
Session 2 – Cross-cutting theme: What methods and tools can be applied to drivers to provide early warning and rapid disease risk assessment?
Time 11.00-13.00
Session 2a: Innovative modelling methodologies that enable risk modelling and mappingChairs: Dr Giorgio Guzzetta and Prof. Roberto Rosà
Keynote: Source-sink epidemic dynamics shaping COVID-19 pandemic wavesDr Vittoria Colizza
Keynote: The context-specific emergence and spread of novel SARS-CoV-2 VOCsDr Moritz Kraemer
Oxford University
13.00-14.00Lunch break
Session 2b: Automatic data acquisition via web-scrapingChair: Dr Maguelonne Teisseire
Plenary: How text-mining could improve epidemiological surveillance?Dr Mathieu Roche
Keynote: Innovative Surveillance: ISID’s Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED)Dr Linda MacKinnon
16.00-18-00Final round table and closure

Target audience

This workshop is open to all MOOD partners, MOOD end-users, other EU-funded project partners and external people upon invitation.

Registrations & Fees

Attendance upon acceptance of the registration will be possible online using the platform Zoom (link will be provided). Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a maximum number of authorized participants in situ (100). Therefore the possibility to attend in person, if expressed in the registration form, will be communicated after the 30th of June 2022.

DEADLINE for registration 30th June 2022

Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for consideration as oral communication (in the presence or remotely) or poster ( as an online short video) especially but not exclusively on the disease system included in the MOOD project and in particular on the topics covered during the workshop as specified in the scientific program.

DEADLINE for abstract submission: 15th June 2022

Keynote speakers

Prof. Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson is the Willaman Professor of Biology at Penn State where he works on the ecology of spillover – both the process of spillover and how the infections invade novel hosts. He was one of the pioneers of wildlife disease ecology and has worked on pathogen and parasite systems in many parts of the world including Trentino. He has more than 300 publications on disease systems, was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2008 and a co-founder of The Random Good Foundation which seeks to tell science stories to the general public for social change.

Prof. Marion Koopmans

Professor Marion Koopmans, DVM PhD focuses on the global population-level impact of rapidly spreading zoonotic virus infections, with special emphasis on foodborne transmission. Her research focuses on unravelling the modes of transmission of viruses among animals and between animals and humans, and the use of pathogenic genomic information to unravel these pathways and to signal changes in transmission or disease impact. She is co-PI in the FP7 funded PREPARE project aimed at building a pan-European operational network for rapid and large-scale European clinical research in response to infectious disease outbreaks with epidemic potential.

She is the director of the WHO collaborating centre for emerging infectious diseases at Erasmus, and Scientific Director of “Emerging infectious diseases” of the Netherlands Centre for One Health. She has received the Infectious disease award of the Dutch Association for Infectious Diseases and is the recipient of the Stevin Premium 2018. In 2019, she became a member of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences). She has co-authored >500 papers that have been cited > 20.000 times.

Dr William Wint

William Wint is Managing Director of Environmental Research Group Oxford (ERGO) and a Senior Research Associate of the Department of Zoology at Oxford University.  Trained as an ecological entomologist, William spent many years designing and implementing animal surveys in Africa but now focuses on spatial data management, analysis and modelling of animal and human diseases, their hosts and vectors.  His role in the MOOD project is primarily to provide covariate driver datasets and maps of disease vectors.

Prof. Raina Plowright

Prof. Raina Plowright leads transdisciplinary teams to develop the science of pandemic prevention. Her research focuses on the dynamics of zoonotic pathogens in reservoir host species, with a focus on WHO priority pathogens in bats. Dr. Plowright leads Bat One Health (, a collaboration of scientists working to predict and prevent zoonotic spillover with ongoing field studies in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Australia. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to emerging infectious disease biology. In May 2022, she will be moving her lab to Cornell University under their Radical Collaboration initiative.

Dr Xavier Bailly

Dr Xavier Bailly is an INRAE research engineer and heads the INRAE-VetAgro Sup joint research unit “Epidemiology of animal and zoonotic diseases”, located in Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon. His activities focus on the use of evolutionary biology and ecology approaches to understanding the functioning of populations of micro-organisms involved in interactions of agronomic, veterinary and medical interests in order to better manage them. During his PhD at the University of Montpellier and his post-doctorate at the University of York (UK), his activities focused on rhizobia, symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria that interact with leguminous plants. Since he joined the EPIA unit, he has been interested in the monitoring and genomic evolution of pathogens that may affect animal and/or human health.

Dr Stefano Merler

Stefano Merler is the Director of the Center for Health Emergencies, Bruno Kessler Foundation. His research has covered a range of scientific aspects related to epidemiology and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases: evaluation of mitigation/containment policies; effects of population heterogeneity and human mobility on the spatio-temporal spread of epidemics;  antimicrobial resistance; the impact of demographic changes on the transmissibility; effects of risk perception and vaccination choices on disease spreading; dynamics and control of vector-borne diseases.

Prof. Jan Semenza

Jan C. Semenza led the work on environmental and climatic drivers of infectious disease transmission at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based in Stockholm, Sweden.  He is one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report and the co-lead of Working Group 1 and 2 of the Lancet Countdown in Europe.  Currently, he is associated with the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.  

Dr Giovanni Rezza

Dr Giovanni Rezza, M.D., is DG of the Health Prevention Directorate at the Italian Ministry of Health and Chief Medical Officer. Specialized in hygiene and in infectious diseases, he has been a senior scientist at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS) in Roma, and Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases from 2009 to 2020. His main background is in infectious disease epidemiology. He has worked for the Italian Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization in Geneva, the Italian Cooperation, and the European Union. He is a contract professor at the ‘Catholic University” of Rome and has given courses at the University of Sassari and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for several years. He has been Chairman of the Administration Board and the President of the Scientific Board of the Consortium called ‘Collezione Nazionale dei Composti Chimici e Centro Screening’ (CNCCS), a public/private initiative including ISS, National Research Council, and IRBM.

He has carried out epidemiological investigations in Italy and abroad; he has principal investigator of research and cooperation projects and is the author of more than 500 articles indexed in PubMed (H-index: 66), and 4 books. His area of expertise includes HIV and emerging infectious diseases, such as Chikungunya, West Nile, influenza, Coronaviruses, and vaccine strategies. Finally, he has been the editor of the ‘infectious disease epidemiology’ section of BMC Public Health, he has been in the Editorial Board of ‘AIDS’ for six years period and Editor of the supplement of ‘AIDS’ for two years, and is acting as a reviewer for several international scientific journals. He has been also a member of several national and international committees. (i.e., the EC Steering Group on vaccines and the Board of HERA).

Dr Vittoria Colizza

Vittoria Colizza is Head of Research at INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) & Sorbonne Université, Faculty of Medicine, working in the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health, within the ‘Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Modelling’ team where she leads the EPIcx lab (Epidemics in complex environments). Through modelling, her research spans a wide array of issues on epidemic and pandemic risks and propagation, accounting for the role of social contacts and mobility, and the interaction between population behaviour and contagion dynamics. Since January 2020 she has been active in the response against the COVID-19 pandemic, advising French governmental bodies and health agencies, and international authorities.

Prof. Moritz Kraemer

Moritz Kraemer is a computational epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, and Associate Professor of Computational & Genomic Epidemiology. He’s a recipient of the Branco Weiss Fellowship and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship. He’s the co-director of the Oxford Martin Schools Programme in Pandemic Genomics, a recipient of the Google AI Faculty Award and the co-founder of, a data integration platform for open-access epidemiological and genomic data. Moritz’s research interests lie at the intersection of data science, network science, climate science, epidemiology, public health and genomics.

His work has been published in Science, Nature, The Lancet and featured widely in the New York Times, NPR, Economist, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, Nature & Science News. Moritz has given over 100 invited international talks and taught courses in data science & epidemiology at Oxford, MIT, Harvard, the University of Sao Paulo, the University of Hong Kong and Charite Berlin. His group’s work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, & AI, The Rockefeller Foundation, NIH, and The John Fell Fund among others.

Dr Mathieu Roche

Mathieu Roche, PhD, is a senior research scientist at CIRAD (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) and TETIS research unit (Territoires, Environnement, Télédétection et Information Spatiale) in France. Currently he is co-leader of MISCA (Modélisation de l’Information Spatiale extraction de Connaissance et Analyse), a research group at TETIS dealing with Data Science. Between 2005 and 2013, he has been an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University Montpellier 2, France. Mathieu Roche obtained a PhD in Computer Science from University Paris 11 (Orsay) in 2004. He defended his HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – Accreditation to supervise research) in 2011. Mathieu Roche led several academic and industrial projects in text-mining. Currently he is involved in 3 European projects (H2020 MOOD, H2020 LEAP4FNSSA, Desira ASSET) dealing with One Health, Food Security and Agroecology domains. He has supervised 19 PhD students since 2006.

Dr Linda C. MacKinnon, MPH, PMP

Epidemic intelligence leader with years of frontline experience in infectious disease surveillance and informatics methodology. With ISID, Linda also held the role of Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance and Assistant Director of the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED). Before joining ISID, Linda spent years providing ongoing information technology support and onsite subject matter expertise to further directives for AIDS relief in various countries including Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Vietnam, and Ukraine. Linda served as lead Epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. Prior to CDC, Linda lived and worked in Niger, West Africa establishing basic disease detection systems via case management and community needs assessments.

Dr Donal Bisanzio

Donal Bisanzio, a research epidemiologist, holds a degree in veterinary medicine, and has more than 15 years of experience in global health, with a particular focus on vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Dr Bisanzio has extensive experience and specialization in infectious diseases in humans and animals, particularly in improving the effectiveness of control and surveillance systems. He is highly skilled in applying spatio-temporal statistical models and network analysis and has substantial knowledge of database construction and management, individual/agent-based models, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GISs). Dr Bisanzio has collaborated with Italian public health institutions and the University of Turin (Turin, Italy) to study the risk of the introduction of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in northwestern Italy. Dr Bisanzio has used his knowledge of network analysis to study how behaviour heterogeneity at the individual level affects parasitism and vector- and contact-borne diseases in human and wild animal communities.

Using network analysis, he also built an individual-based model to describe how the movement of people and their routines drive the spread of influenza-like disease in underdeveloped and developed settings. The results of this work highlighted the different dynamics of contact diseases and the importance of modulating control systems based on settlement characteristics. In a collaborative effort with an international team, Dr Bisanzio’s skills were crucial in identifying the factors that can affect parasitism and poly-parasitism in human populations living in coastal Kenya. His model results estimated the impacts of different control systems on malaria and filariasis in the study area.

Dr Lorenzo Serra

Lorenzo Serra is an ornithologist, head of the Italian Bird Ringing Centre and responsible of several research and conservation projects at the Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA). His research spans from behavioural ecology to conservation biology, with a focus on the ecology of feather moult and the selection of multiple signals in bird communication, ecology of bird migration, and population monitoring. He has a long experience in multilateral environmental agreements and international conservation programmes (Bonn Convention on Migratory Species, African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement). He is the technical national focal point for data reporting under art. 12 of EU Birds Directive and member of the Standing Committee of the Bonn Convention.

Dr Anna Ruggieri

Dr. Anna Ruggieri is virologist and senior researcher at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) in Rome, Italy. Her main background is in RNA viruses-host interactions. Her area of expertise includes Hepatitis C virus and influenza A virus variability and antigenic characterization as well as molecular pathogenesis in vitro. She is now working in the Reference Center for Gender-Specific Medicine at ISS, leading projects on sex differences in protective antibody responses to the anti-viral vaccines in health care workers and studying the epigenetic and hormonal mechanisms involved. She is teaching courses for continuing education in medicine and for students of speciality schools of medicine.


In the great acceleration era of the Anthropocene, the emergence of zoonotic pathogens including those with high pandemic potential is occurring at a faster rate than in any precedent historical phase. The scientific evidence demonstrates that emergence is preceded by a combination of driving factors and events which span from global environmental changes ( i.e. climate change, biodiversity loss, land use) to changes at the local scale in socio-economical conditions, food habits and cultural trends. Seven major anthropogenic drivers of zoonotic disease emergence have been identified by UNEP: the increasing demand for animal protein, unsustainable agricultural intensification, increased use and exploitation of wildlife, unsustainable utilization of natural resources accelerated by urbanization, land-use change and extractive industries, travel and transportation, changes in food supply chains and climate change.
Epidemic intelligence aims at the early identification of potential health threats to improve timely detection and awareness of infectious diseases events at the earliest stage of their emergence. Therefore, the identification and surveillance of the drivers and conditions which are recognized to promote the emergence and spread of infectious diseases are crucial to provide public health systems with bio-ecological data and early warning digital signals. Defining, for each disease, the subset of “core” drivers and signals associated with their capacity to emerge and spread along with the cataloguing of their related digital data sources available, would provide the basis for the establishment of an integrated drivers of infectious diseases digital data surveillance system. This approach would provide an innovative tool, useful for analysts, public and veterinary health agencies and decision-makers to define in which conditions the probability of infectious disease emergence and spread is high, and timely identify events with such high probability, therefore, triggering more timely and targeted surveillance, prevention and interventions actions since the beginning of the emergence phase.


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