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, 2022 September 29, 2022 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

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: EXTENDED TO 1th JULY 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.

Prof. Emily Gurley

Emily Gurley is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Her 20-year career has focused on infectious disease transmission, including developing novel methods for surveillance and outbreak investigation, and the development of interventions to prevent emerging infections. Gurley spent 12-years with the ICDDRB in Dhaka, Bangladesh where she served as Director of the Emerging Infections Programme and worked closely with the US CDC and the Government of Bangladesh. Gurley was awarded the 2020 Shikani/El-Hibri Prize for Innovation and Discovery and the 2021 Excellence in the US COVID-19 Public Health Practice Award at Johns Hopkins University for her contributions to the pandemic response.

Dr Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Dr Aguilar-Carreno (publication name Hector C. Aguilar) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University since July 2017. He received a B.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Tepic, Mexico, an M.S. degree in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. He received post-doctoral training in Virology at the University of California, Los Angeles and then became an Assistant Professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University (WSU). His research focuses on viral glycoproteins and their roles in host cell entry, viral assembly, and novel ways to develop vaccines and antivirals. For example, he helped identify the cell receptors for Nipah virus (NiV) and Hendra virus (HeV) and has established many important tools to study viral entry into mammalian host cells, viral assembly/exit from infected cells, adopting technologies previously foreign to the field of Virology to the study of enveloped viruses, including Raman Spectroscopy, Super-resolution Microscopy, and Flow Virometry. He uses novel approaches to create vaccines and antivirals. Dr Aguilar-Carreno has served in many important national and institutional roles to enhance the biomedical sciences as well as their diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is dedicated to mentoring undergraduate, PhD and post-doctoral trainees, and junior faculty. 


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 disease 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.


Here is a list of hotels and Bed&Breakfasts that offer special prices for the event. When you will book your accommodation please specify that you attend the MOOD workshop 2022 at the MUSE.

Hotel America

Address: Via Torre Verde 50, 38122 Trento
Phone: +39 0461 983010
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Reservation code: MOOD Workshop 2022

NH Hotel Trento

Address: Via Adalberto Libera 7. 38121 Trento
Phone: +39 0461 366111
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Grand Hotel Trento

Address: Piazza Dante 20, 38122 Trento
Phone: +39 0461271000
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Reservation code: MOOD Workshop 2022

B&B Al Cavour 34 Trento

Address: Via Camillo Cavour 34, 38122 Trento
Phone: +393494155814

How to arrive to Trento (Italy)

The meeting will be held at Trento, in the heart of the Italian Alps, a region well renowned for its excellence in agriculture and natural areas with the beautiful Dolomites mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site since August 2009). This region is the perfect place for those who love mountaineering and hiking in a natural landscape. Trento is the City of the Council that preserves and protects the
historical meeting point between the Italian and the mideuropean cultures in its monuments and arts, including MUSE – the Museum of Science that opened in July 2013.
When planning your visit in Trento, you can choose between arriving by car, train or airplane according to your needs and the distance you have to cover.

For additional information on Trento visit the website:

by flight

Trento is connected with the main airports by the A22 Brennero Motorway and by the
railway: 90 Km from the Valerio Catullo Airport (Verona), about 200 km from Venice
(Marco Polo) and Bergamo (Orio al Serio) airports, 245 km from the Linate Airport
(Milan), 265 from Malpensa Airport (Milan) and 60 km from the new airport in Bolzano.
A shuttle service to reach the centre of Milan is guaranteed for travellers arriving in
Malpensa (Malpensa Airport) and Linate (Linate Airport). Buses leave every 20-30
minutes 24 hours a day.
For those arriving in Verona (Valerio Catullo airport) or Brescia (Montichiari Airport)
there is a shuttle bus service to the Verona railway station every day, leaving every 20
minutes from 6.30 in the morning until 11.35 p.m.
For those arriving in Bergamo (Orio al Serio airport) there is a shuttle bus service to
the Bergamo railway station, leaving every 15 minutes from 6.05 a.m. to 00.15 a.m.;
to the Milano Centrale railway station leaving every 20 minutes from 04.30 a.m. to
01.00 a.m. and to the Brescia railway station.
For those arriving in Venice (Marco Polo Airport) there are buses to the Venezia-Santa
Lucia and Mestre-Venezia railways stations.
For those arriving in Bolzano (ABD Airport), there is no connection between the airport and the city with public city buses. The closest bus stop is 600 mt from the airport (Line 10A or 10B). You can then reach Trento by train.

by train

To reach Trento by train, check the timetable on “Ferrovie dello Stato” website. The
Trento railway station is in Piazza Dante.
Please note that you always have to change trains in Verona (to go to Trento the
direction is Brennero/Monaco) and that there are no train connections between 11.00
p.m. and 5.00 a.m.

by car or by bus

  • Highways: You can reach Trento by car on the Brennero main road; on the A22 Brennero
    motorway (A22-exit for “Trento Nord” if you are coming from the north or “Trento Sud”,
    if you are coming from the south); on the Valsugana highway for those arriving from
    Venice or on the main road of the Gardesana Occidentale (main road 45) for those
    arriving from Brescia.
  • By bus: You can reach Trento by bus using the newly added route from the main airports and stations to Trento by Flixbus
  • Transport in and outside Trento: To move in and outside Trento you can use the taxi service or public buses and coaches (Trentino Trasporti –
  • Taxi: At the Railway Station – Piazza Dante – ph. +39 0461-930002. SMS TAXI: +39 340 99
    49 655


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Museo Delle Scienze di Trento (MUSE)

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