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2019 Annual Conference in Sunny San Diego

"Harnessing Data Science to Improve Population Health and Public Health Surveillance"

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) conference is the premier event dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of biosurveillance. Every year, the ISDS conference draws approximately 400 professionals from a broad range of disciplines to learn the latest achievements, analytic methods, best practices, conceptual frameworks, and technical innovations in the rapidly evolving field of health surveillance. Additionally, ISDS offers a one-day One Health Symposium prior to the first day of the Annual Conference to explore the intersection of Human, Animal and Environmental Health.

Program Highlights

The three-day conference features approximately 220 presentations of accepted abstracts in Posters, Orals Lightning Orals (5 minute presentations) Roundtables and Panels. There are workshops included that take an in-depth look into specific topics. Confirmed workshops for 2019 include two courses in R, two courses in ESSENCE and Grant Writing. Workshops may also include opioid surveillance, disaster surveillance and introduction to surveillance.

Attendees will hear from two keynote speakers on topics of global interest, and attend the very popular Swap Meet which gives individuals and organizations the opportunity to share their work with colleagues in an informal and lively setting.

Lunch is included each day of the conference.

Daily Program

The program is published after abstracts are reviewed and accepted, usually in mid-December. Here is the current program.

Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission period has ended.

Save the Dates January 29th to February 1st

We'll be returning to one of our most popular destinations for the 2019 Annual Conference. When the snow is flying in the northern states, plan to join us in Southern California at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.

Our conference will begin with the One Health Symposium on January 29th and followed by the ISDS Annual Conference from January 30th to February 1st.

Host Hotel

The Marriott San Diego Mission Valley will be the host hotel for the annual conference. A special rate of just $159 per night is available to all conference attendees. And it's not too early to reserve your room. In the past two years, we've sold out our hotel, so book your room today, and look for the conference call for abstracts and registration in the coming weeks.

Please visit the hotel and travel page for up-to-date information on reserving rooms.

The ISDS conferences provide fertile ground for cultivating new ideas and partnerships by bringing together local, state, and federal public health practitioners, academic researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and decision makers from governmental and nongovernmental entities.

The three-day conference also includes classroom style workshops for practitioners at all levels of experience, from persons entering the surveillance field to those working at the highest levels. Workshops provide an opportunity to acquire or perfect skills necessary for health surveillance.

Letter of Invitation

Would you like (or need) a letter from the Society's Executive Director inviting you to the conference? Download a copy here. If you need a more specific letter, please contact Mark Krumm.

Thank You to Our 2019 Conference Sponsors

ISDS gratefully acknowledges the support of organizations who support the conference through sponsorship and allows the Society to keep registration costs as low as possible, particularly for students and persons traveling from low-income countries around the world



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