Science Literacy Week Public Lecture

Each year the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) promotes a Science Literacy Week and this year the theme is Mathematics (Sept. 19-25, 2022).

One of the activities they are hosting to celebrate this event is a free public lecture by the Chair of the Modelling group of Ontario’s Science Advisory Table on COVID.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30pm in the Biosciences Auditorium at Queen’s University.

Historical records allow us to reconstruct patterns of disease spread in the past, in some cases going back hundreds of years. I will present data, going back as far as 1348, which we have acquired and studied at McMaster in the last few years. I will discuss insights obtained from mathematical modelling inspired by these data, and the opportunities we have to improve our understanding of plague, influenza, COVID-19, and other diseases that cause pandemics.

David Earn is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Science Research Chair in Mathematical Epidemiology at McMaster University. He has been Chair of the Modelling Consensus Table of the Ontario Science Advisory Table for COVID-19. Modeling from his group has helped guide the governmental response to COVID-19.

Professor Earn is a recipient of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society Research Prize and is an Elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

This lecture is presented as part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Mathematics Literacy Week. Attendance is free but please RSVP, using either the QR code or the link below.

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