Australasian Epidemiological Association News

Call for expressions of interest to host the 2019 AEA Annual Scientific Meeting

The annual AEA scientific meeting provides a forum for education, collaboration, workshops and presenting research results related to epidemiology and biostatistics. This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Fremantle, WA, on October 22-24.

We are now seeking conference convenors for the 2019 AEA Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to being a great opportunity to make a contribution to the AEA, it is an excellent way to become better known throughout the epidemiological community of Australia and New Zealand. It also provides the opportunity to invite lots of fascinating people to visit you, and most of them will say yes.

Meetings are usually held in September or October, and usually held over 2 days. Some meetings have been held in conjunction with other meetings or events, while others have been stand-alone affairs. Let your imagination be your guide.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest, or are considering doing so and would like to find out more, please contact Sheena Sullivan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by 31st May 2018.

Expressions of interest should include a nomination of the main contact person, an indication of who else would be involved on the organising committee, the proposed timing of the conference, any related meetings or events in conjunction with which the conference would/could be held, the theme for the conference, the proposed venue or possible venues, and anything else you think we should know.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31st May 2018. All submissions received by that day will be considered at the AEA Council.

AEA Mentoring Award

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) invites nominations for the AEA Mentoring Award of 2018.

This award is made to a senior member of AEA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early-career researchers, practitioners, and others in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics and related disciplines. Its purpose is to formally acknowledge the importance of mentoring in career development and in recognition of the time commitments and other sacrifices that are involved for mentors.

The objectives of AEA include promoting excellence in the practice of epidemiological methods and advocacy for capacity building. Mentoring plays an important role in developing proficiency and increased capacity of the epidemiological workforce, and this award furthers the objects of the Association.

Nominations must be received by the closing date, Thursday, 31st May 2018.

document 2018 AEA Mentoring Award (86 KB)

AEA Early Career and Mid Career Travel Awards

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) invites applications for the 2018 AEA Early Career Travel Awards and the AEA Mid Career Travel Awards.

Applications close Thursday, 31st May 2018.

There are 3 Early Career awards and 3 Mid Career awards on offer this year; each award is for $2,500 each (i.e. $15,000 total allocation). To reflect the different training and workplaces of epidemiologists and biostatisticians and to improve diversity, we will offer one of these awards to each of the following groups:

  • One award for a research-focussed candidate (e.g. University-based)
  • One award for a practice-focussed candidate (e.g. based outside the University sector)
  • One award for a candidate who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Māori or Pacific Islander.

The purpose of the award is to support travel for professional purposes. The travel may include attendance at conferences, training courses, and collaborative study visits (successful applications usually include two or more of these).

Applications will be assessed relative to opportunity and will be measured according to:

1) impact of the proposed travel on the applicant’s career;
2) the wider impact of the travel (e.g. generating new knowledge, improving population health, advancing or sharing methods, training others, etc.); and
3) track record tailored to the applicant’s experience, including where applicable: awards, publications, grants, translation, fieldwork, NGO work, and contribution to the discipline.


  1. The applicants must be financial members of AEA at the time of application.
  2. Previous award recipients may apply but preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received the award.
  3. The proposed travel must occur after the closing date but within one year of receiving the award. The award will not be conferred retrospectively.
  4. Voting members of the AEA Council are not eligible to apply.
  5. AEA Early Career Travel Award: Be currently enrolled in, or within 2 years of completing, a postgraduate coursework or research degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline, on the closing date of this application. Career interruptions will be taken into account.
  6. AEA Mid Career Travel Award: The applicants must have completed a postgraduate coursework or research degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline more than 2 years and less than 12 years before the closing date of this application. Career interruptions will be taken into account.

Requirements of Award Recipients:

  1. Award recipients are requested to write a brief report of one to two paragraphs, following the travel for inclusion in the AEA Bulletin, summarising the outcomes from the award.
  2. Any publications or presentations supported by the Award should acknowledge the financial contribution of the AEA.

document 2018 AEA Early Career Travel Award (54 KB)

document 2018 AEA Mid Career Travel Award (52 KB)