MOOD Summer School 2022

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MOOD Summer School 2022

June 20 @ 08:45 June 22 @ 18:00 CEST

To support the uptake of MOOD innovations, WP6 will implement a dynamic knowledge transfer and capacity building addressing young researchers (PhD candidates), professionals, and technical staff through an exciting summer school on June 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2022 in Montpellier (France). Throughout a three-day full-immersion training, expert lecturers will promote developed software and computing techniques, tools and datasets.

Day 1 – 20 June
Introduction to disease data and epidemic intelligence

CEST timeSessionSpeakersSummary
8:30-9:00Welcome coffee
9:00-9:30Introduction to the Summer SchoolElena Arsevska – CIRAD,
Tom Hengl –OpenGeoHub
Welcome to the Summer School
9:30-10:30Basics of surveillance and epidemic intelligence activities: an overview and the example of TBE 📹Timothée Dub
Henna Mäkelä
 We will discuss the basics of infectious disease surveillance (event-based and indicator-based surveillance, active versus passive surveillance), as well as the advantages and limitations of each type of system, followed by the example of how surveillance activities for TBE are conducted in Finland. By the end of this lecture, participants should be aware of the limitations and quality issues that can occur when using surveillance data for comparison and/or modelling.
10:30-11:00Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
11:00-12:30Reproducible research in R
Facundo Muñoz
– CIRAD, France
 In this session, we will describe tools and workflows to cumulatively improve the reproducibility of analyses performed in R. R is a mature, world-class, open-source statistical computing and data-analysis platform with a huge community of users from all areas of science and industry. Yet, most researchers rely only on its most basic scripting features, missing the opportunity to unleash its full potential, in particular concerning reproducible research workflows. Specifically, we will discuss encoding and platform-specific packages, the advantages of organising code into functions, using project directories and relative paths, reproducible reports with RMarkdown, controlling package versions with Renv, organising code into a pipeline with targets, keeping track of changes from various collaborators with git, reproducibly publishing results with Continuous Integration in Git(Hu|La)b pages, reproducing the complete environment with docker, and controlling versions of the complete software stack with GNU Guix.
12:30-13:30Lunch🍽Room Vanilla
13:30-15:00How to build a dashboard to visualize covariate metadata collected from the literature 📹
Francesca Dagostin
– Fondazione Edmund Mach
This lecture will give an overview of how to extract relevant information from published literature, with a special focus on metadata related to covariates affecting  disease emergence. Since data retrieved from literature are often complex and tricky to explore, the practical session will show the participants how to organize them into relational tables in order to build customizable and ready-to-share dashboards, which allow to efficiently visualize and summarize the information collected.
15:00- 15:30Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
15:30- 17:00Time-series analysis of disease data 📹Timothée Dub
Tom Hengl
– OpenGeoHub
 In this session, we will discuss the basics of Time Series Analysis, including with panel data. We will look into how to take into account seasonality, how to identify a trend and how to investigate the relationship between two-time series, with a focus on practical tips and R packages. By the end of this lecture, participants will be able to analyze surveillance data, identify seasonality and investigate potential trends.
17:00-17:30Aperitif Room Vanilla
17:30-19:00Crash course in RTom Hengl
– OpenGeoHub
Optional course
19:00-20:00Transport to Montpellier🚌Shuttle bus service
20:00-21:00Happy hour🍹Networking and socializing in the city centre.
Venue to be defined.

Day 2 – June 21
Covariate data and media data for disease intelligence

CEST timeSessionSpeakersSummary
8:30-9:00Q&A session from previous dayA moment to discuss lessons learnt and ask questions about the previous day.
9:00-10:30Mining Media Data 📹Mathieu Roche
Mehtab Alam Syed – TETIS, CIRAD
Nejat Arini
 Soon available
10:30-11:00Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
11:00-12:30Using digital surveillance tools for near real-time mapping of the risk of infectious disease spread
Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia
–  Imperial College London, UK
 ProMED is a longstanding informal disease surveillance network. It has a worldwide network of clinicians, who send in reports of any unusual health events in plants, animals, or humans. These reports are then vetted by subject matter experts at ProMED before being shared with ProMED’s subscribers. ProMED emails usually contain a wealth of quantitative information about outbreak events. However, this information has so far not been utilised in real-time outbreak analysis. Using the West African Ebola epidemic as a case study, I will demonstrate the challenges of using data extracted from ProMED for real-time analysis. We will use a cleaned data set for the same epidemic that was collated by the World Health Organization as a benchmark to understand what can be inferred in real-time using digital disease surveillance data. Data and code available at this link.
12:30-13:30Lunch🍽Room Vanilla
13:30-15:00Covariate data and spatial mapping 📹
William Wint
Cedric Marsboom – AVIAgis
This talk will first touch on why we use maps at all then look at the factors (“covariates”)  that drive disease occurrence.  The session will examine what these covariates might be and identify the environmental, agricultural, socio-economic, ecological and climatic parameters that can best contribute to spatial modelling. It is also important to know where these data can be found, what are the pros and cons of different data sources for the common covariate variables,  and what datasets can be used for different types of models.  The available covariate data are not always in a form that is convenient for spatial modellers and the session will provide examples of the processing and selection needed to provide modellers with what they need. Finally, the use of selected covariates in spatial models will be discussed and illustrated with worked examples.  It is intended that the session will include interactive elements and participants will be asked to help provide answers to questions posed during the session.
15:00-15:30Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
15:30-17:00Building modelling datasets and Machine Learning in R 📹Tom Hengl
– OpenGeoHub
Leandro Parente – OpenGeoHub
In this block, participants will learn how to use state-of-the-art Machine Learning algorithms in R (mlr, mlr3) for the purpose of building models and producing spatial and spatiotemporal predictions. We will use some of the disease datasets and covariate layers (MOOD study area) mentioned in the previous sections, then show step-by-step how to run spatial spatiotemporal overlays, optimize models, run model diagnostics, produce and visualize predictions (as maps or animations). The block is based on the R bookdown.
17:00-18:00 Transport to Montpellier🚌Shuttle bus service.
18:00-19:00Happy hour🍹Networking and socializing in the city centre.
Venue to be defined.

Day 3 – June 22
Covariate data and media data for disease intelligence

CEST timeSessionSpeakersSummary
8:30-9:00Introduction to the MOOD hackaton
9:00-10:30MOOD hackathon presentation📹Mathieu Roche
– Tetis CIRAD, France
Maguellone Teisseire
Esther van Kleef
– Institute of Tropical Medicin
 Soon available
10:30-11:00Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
11:00-12:30MOOD hackathon practicals

 Soon available
12:30-13:30Lunch🍽Room Vanilla
13:30-15:00MOOD hackathon practicals
 Soon available
15:00-15:30Coffee breakRoom Vanilla
15:30-17:00Results and group discussion
Feedback / Summer School evaluation
17:00- 18:00Transport to Montpellier🚌Shuttle bus service
18:00-19:00Happy Hour🍹Networking and socializing in the city centre.
Venue to be defined.
19:00Closing dinner🍽The venue will be communicated to the participants.


  • Analytical methods for epidemiology in MOOD;
  • Outbreak analysis;
  • Data analytics;
  • ID modelling;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Time-series analysis;


Registrations are open to MOOD partners and external participants. Please register by filling out this form.
Registration fees: There are no registration fees.
The event, coffee breaks and lunches are sponsored by the Europe Horizon-2020 project MOOD.

Important Dates:

  • 1 April: Registrations open;
  • 1 May: Registrations close;
  • to be confirmed: distribution of the materials;
  • 20 June: Summer School starts;
  • 23 June: Summer School ends.


Agropolis building
1000 Av. Agropolis, 34000 Montpellier, France

Room Badiane
Max capacity: 54

How to get there

With public transport:
– from Saint-Roch train station, which is located right in the centre of town, just 200 meters from the Place de la Comédie.
– from Montpellier Airport (Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport).It is located 7 km east-southeast of Montpellier in Mauguio.

Target communities:

Young researchers, such as PhD and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of analytical epidemiology, disease mapping, disease modelling, disease ecology, spatial prediction, One Health, R spatial epidemiology community. Summer School is open to MOOD partners and non-partners as well.

Technology in use:

  • Zoom breakout rooms with Q&A, polls and similar;
  • Mattermost channels for internal questions, screen sharing and markdown/code snippets;
  • Computational notebooks on and

Activities planned:

  • Lectures on 20-21 June;
  • Keynote talks every day;
  • Internal hackathon on 22 June;
  • Happy hour (drinks) every day;
  • Lunch & coffee breaks every day;

Video recordings:

All lectures will be video recorded using Zoom webinar functionality in HD quality. Subject to the approval of the presenters the videos will be uploaded to the TIB-Av Portal and MOOD website, and a DOI will be assigned to each talk. Lecturers will be asked to accept the general recording conditions and sign a license agreement. Copyright of the videos will be assigned to the presenters as in standard Open Access material.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay a registration fee?

No, this Summer School is sponsored by the MOOD project. No registration fee is requested.

What is covered by the MOOD project?

The MOOD project is covering the costs for the venue, the coffee breaks, the lunch meals, the happy hour drinks and one closing dinner on June 22nd. The organization will also set up a transportation service (shuttle bus) to reach the dinner venue on June 22nd.

What is not covered by the MOOD project?

Participants have to cover their own travel and accommodation, as well as evening meals (except for June 22nd). The organization will not arrange bookings or reservations.

How do I get to the Summer School?

Please look for public transport options here.

How do I get to the dinner venue on June 22nd?

We will organize a shuttle bus departing from the Agropolis building. More details about the departure will be communicated via email and during the event.

How many people can register?

The maximum amount of people for this summer school is 35.

Who can participate?

Young researchers, such as PhD and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of analytical epidemiology, disease mapping, disease modelling, disease ecology, spatial prediction, One Health, and R spatial epidemiology community. This summer school is open to MOOD partners and non-partners as well.


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