CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: São Paulo School of Advanced Science to Host Advanced Mini-Courses in Epidemic Preparedness

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science will provide a set of mini-courses delivered by renowned scientists and aimed at early-career researchers working with fields ranging from epidemiology to applied mathematics to political and social sciences. Applications are due on February 28, 2023.


The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Epidemic Preparedness will be held on July 10-22, 2023, at the School of Public Health and Medical School of the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.

Graduate students are invited to register for the scientific sessions and short courses, which will present state-of-art science and new research results.

The School aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogues for research and action by focusing on core tracks: mathematical and statistical modeling, genomics, epidemiological surveillance, public policies, immunology, and dialogue with society. Outstanding researchers will offer mini-courses focusing on how these areas contribute to effectively responding to epidemiological emergencies. 

The School will bring together a roster of highly regarded researchers in all these areas to participate as speakers – the up-to-date list of confirmed speakers includes Arthur Reingold, from the University of California, Berkeley; Neil Ferguson from Imperial College; Ester Sabino from the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Tropical Medicine (IMT-USP) and Nuno R. Faria from Imperial College London, both of which are leaders of the Brazil-UK CADDE Centre (Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnostics, Genomics, and Epidemiology); Julia Raifman, assistant professor at Boston University and leader of the COVID-19 U.S. State Policy Database (CUSP); Marcia Castro, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Pedro Arcos Gonzáles, associate professor at the University of Oviedo and a founding member of Médecins Sans Frontieres; Leo S. Bastos from Fiocruz and others including several leading faculty at the University of Sao Paulo, UNESP and UNICAMP.

Participants will work in multidisciplinary groups in simulated situation rooms and collect hands-on experience in site visits. Most afternoons will be dedicated to these practical activities led by instructors and teaching assistants.

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is supporting the event through its São Paulo School of Advanced Science Program (SPSAS). Graduate students and young doctors from various fields are invited to apply: epidemiology, applied mathematics, physics and statistics, genomics, political and social sciences, immunology, collective health, and ecology. Students from other areas who focus on tackling epidemics are also welcome.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2023. There is no registration fee and those accepted will have coverage of accommodation, food and transportation expenses. The number of vacancies is 100 (50 grantees from all states of Brazil and 50 international grantees).

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