Last Updated

13 Oct 2020

UIDAHO Call for Applications: A six-day training course on Biology of Vector-borne Diseases

The University of Idaho (UIDAHO) is invinting you to participate in this Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day training course (BVBD2021), scheduled for June 20-25, 2021.

Mission:

  • Create a knowledge network for a diverse community of practitioners that persists, grows and transforms science, and interventions for plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases.

Vision:

  • Stimulate and enhance innovative research, collaborations, teaching and outreach in plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases through a cutting-edge and interactive annual course delivered by a core community of leading scientists.

Course themes and concepts include:

  • Holarchy versus hierarchy — The course is attempting to break down silos, to move people away from focusing on individual organisms, individual temporal and spatial scales of study and individual pathosystems as hierarchies, to seeing connections and parallels among these scales and systems as a “holarchy” of vector-borne diseases in complex systems.
  • Decision-making — This occurs at many levels in vector-borne diseases. For example, hosts and vectors are subject to processes analogous to decision-making, researchers and practitioners are subjected to decision-making that is often constrained by the pathosystem of study and goals for management (e.g., pertaining to agriculture vs public health) and by the diagnostic tools available or selected.
  • Networks — There is the intention to create a “knowledge network” of researchers, trainees, and practitioners who look at plant, animal, and human vector-borne diseases more holistically. This is also a concept that we will solidify with talks that illustrate networks of biology across multiple scales in example vector-borne disease pathosystems.
  • Communication — There will be talks about host-vector communication, host-pathogen communication, communication among participants and instructors, communication among scientists, stakeholders and the public, and, perhaps most importantly, scientific communication across pathosystems that is enabled by breaking down barriers in vocabulary.
  • Dynamics — Vector-borne disease pathosystems are incredibly dynamic and this course seeks to facilitate new ways of thinking about important distinctions, biological parallels and ecosystem drivers across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This will enable a new generation of thinkers to respond more effectively to emergent, dynamic, complex phenomena with innovative and sustainable solutions.

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