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Contact networks between individuals fundamentally shape the course of disease outbreaks, modulating both the risk and speed of outbreak emergence. To understand these risks in a real world population, one must first construct an empirically derived contact network model. However, integrating empirical data with network models of infectious disease spread provides many challenges. Novel data streams and estimation methods offer potential avenues to overcome these challenges, but have brought about new issues, such as balancing big data complexity with simplistic and generalizable disease predictions. Our satellite will focus on these challenges in utilizing empirical data in network epidemiology

Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to begin accepting presentation submissions here via easychair. In keeping in the tradition of the NetSci2018 Young Initiatives we especially encourage students and early career researchers to apply to our satellite.

Please limit all submissions to a single page including all text, figures, and references (if any). All participants will be required to register for NetSci2018, and participants should expect to give a 10 minute presentation with 5 minutes held for discussions.


March 16, 2018 (Extended to March 23): Satellite abstract submission deadline

April 02, 2018: Acceptance Notifications

May, 2018: NetSci2018 early Registration deadline

June 12, 2018: Satellite Symposium

Invited Speakers

Network Epidemiology

Network epidemiology is a rapidly growing network science field. This year at the NetSci there will be 4 complementary half day network epidemiology satellite symposia. The other satellites can be found by following these links:




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