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Fifth Eurosurveillance scientific seminar

ESCAIDE participants are invited to the fifth Eurosurveillance scientific seminar on 30 November 2016

Eurosurveillance is organising its 5th lunchtime scientific seminar:

 ‘20 years of communicating facts and figures in a changing world’

Location: ESCAIDE, Stockholm Waterfront Conference Centre (Room C4)

Date: 30 November 2016

Time: 12:40 to 14:30 (lunch will be provided)

20 years of communicating facts and figures in a changing world 

12:40 – 12:50

Arrival of participants with their lunch

12:50 – 13:00 Welcome notes

Dr Andrea Ammon, Acting Director ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden

Dr Ines Steffens, Editor-in-chief, Eurosurveillance

13:00 – 13:10 Introduction and moderation

Professor Panayotis T. Tassios, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece 

13:10 – 13:35 Data Sharing:  the good, the bad, and the evil

Professor David Heymann, Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London, United Kingdom

13:35 – 13:40 Q&A 

13:40 – 14:05 Rapid reporting of emerging disease outbreaks using unofficial sources: Lessons from ProMED

Professor Larry Madoff, University of Massachusetts, United States

14:05 – 14:10 Q&A
14:10 – 14:30

Discussion, involving the audience and closing remarks by the moderator

20 years of communicating facts and figures in a changing world

Two decades ago, the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) were still relatively new. Eventually, as they provided easy means of connecting people and sharing information, they came to be widely accepted and used as ways of communication among scientists. Today, together with recent developments in social networking, the Internet and the WWW have changed the world of science and science communication in an extraordinary way. Findings and data can be communicated faster, with fewer restrictions and to a much wider audience than before the 1990s, when the main means of science communication were oral presentations at conferences or printed scholarly articles. Nowadays, the Internet and the WWW, including social media, provide access to information not only for experts but also for non-experts: validated and non-validated scientific information can be obtained from numerous sources and often instantaneously.

On the 20th anniversary of Eurosurveillance, which was created as one of several initiatives implementing the European Union’s (EU) policy to increase information on public health and epidemiology, our seminar focuses on how science communication has changed in the past two decades. Eurosurveillance has facilitated rapid communication of authoritative information for public health action over these 20 years. At the time of its creation, various other new initiatives also arose, such as ProMED, which facilitate information exchange in different ways. Indeed, in 1996, when was launched, the editors wrote: ‘One prediction is, perhaps, safe to make: the role of journals will never be quite the same again.’

While ways of gathering and presenting information and data have continued to evolve, public health has benefitted from their application. Still, some hurdles in the sharing of data and information, including ethical concerns, need to be overcome. In this scientific seminar, moderated by Professor Panayotis T. Tassios, two distinguished speakers, Professor David Heymann and Professor Larry Madoff, will illustrate different ways of gathering and sharing validated and non-validated ‘facts and figures’. They will highlight successes, ongoing concerns and limitations.

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