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ECR Sandbox,
IDM Special Issue


Anne Cori

Imperial College London

Hannah Clapham

National University of Singapore

Henrik Salje

University of Cambridge

Jodie McVernon

The University of Melbourne

Mark Jit

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Marc Lipsitch

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Sheetal Silal

University of Cape Town

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai



Jomar Rabajante

University of the Philippines Los Baños

Thumbi Mwangi

University of Nairobi

Wirichada Pan-ngum

Mahidol Oxford Research Institute

Yot Teerawattananon

HITAP & National University of Singapore

Zulma Cucunubá

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


To encourage exchange of research work in the preliminary stage among early career researchers, a 90-min session called Early-Career Researchers’ Sandbox will be organized on Day 1. Each of the 12 presenters will present their research ideas/progress in 5 minutes, followed by a 30-minute interactive discussion between the presenters and audience to advance those ideas. Join us in this exciting ECR Sandbox to grow your ideas into groundbreaking research!


The Infectious Disease Modelling journal ( invites researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to contribute to a special issue focused on advancing infectious disease modelling and its application to health policy in LMICs. As the organising committee members of the inaugural Infectious Disease Modelling Conference, the guest editors are committed to supporting studies that advance infectious disease modelling and enhance pandemic preparedness. We aim to accelerate cutting-edge research, develop novel strategies, and foster knowledge exchange to address modelling challenges, especially those faced by LMICs.


Special issue title: Advancing Infectious Disease Modelling to Inform Health Decision-Making in low- and middle-income countries (


Topics covered:

  • Modelling about the emergence and re-emergence of epidemics and pandemics in LMICs
  • Pandemic preparedness and application of infectious disease modelling in LMICs
  • Modelling neglected tropical diseases and one health approaches for LMIC contexts
  • Modelling and analytics on infectious disease surveillance data specific to LMICs
  • Intervention considering resource constraints and policy supported by modelling in LMICs
  • Case studies of application of infectious disease modelling in LMICs
  • Challenges and strategies in translating modelling research to support health decision-making in LMICs
  • Building local capacity in infectious disease modelling and fostering collaboration between researchers, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and communities in LMICs
  • Ethical considerations related to infectious disease modelling, including privacy concerns, informed consent, and equity in access to healthcare interventions in LMICs
  • Strengthening health systems in LMICs through the use of infectious disease modelling


Guest Editors:

  • Dr Angkana Huang, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Dr Bimandra Djaafara, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr Daihai He, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Dr Kathy Leung, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Dr Sheetal P Silal, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Discounted Article Processing Charge:

A 50% discount to the Article Publishing Charge (APC) will be applied for all articles published in this special issue and all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.