Australasian Epidemiological Association News


13-16 September 2020

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 22nd World Congress of Epidemiology, International Epidemiological Association (IEA) in Melbourne Australia. The World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) is held every 3 years by the International Association of Epidemiology (IEA) and attracts 800 - 1200 delegates involved in research and teaching of epidemiology and translation of findings in health, medical and related fields. The main meeting for WCE2020 will run over four days (13th-16th September 2020), with keynote speakers, and concurrent sessions of various types, workshops and posters. There are opportunities for study tours/field trips and associated meetings on or around these days.

The event theme of ‘Methodological Innovations in Epidemiology” will encourage speakers to draw on pertinent health concerns where methodological innovation is shedding light on advances in human health.
Melbourne, the home for WCE 2020, is an international gateway to the rest of Australia. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has a six-star Green rating, and is just a short walk away from the city centre, providing the ideal starting place to uncover Melbourne’s world-famous laneways, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Melbourne is a fantastic, vibrant, safe and clean city, and welcomes you warmly to WCE 2020.The conference is hosted by the Australasian Epidemiological Association. The Co-Chairs of the conference are Professors Tony LaMontagne (Deakin University) and Linda Slack-Smith (University of Western Australia). The Scientific Chair is Professor Leigh Blizzard (University of Tasmania). We look forward to an excellent program with many excellent international speakers.Please find preliminary details of the program here Please share this email with your colleagues.

Abstract submission: are now open until the end of February. Details for abstract submission are here:

The main theme is Methodological Innovations in Epidemiology, embracing innovation in areas as diverse as theoretical epidemiology, adapting from other disciplines (e.g. econometrics) data collection methods, and more.

There are three sub-themes as follows. Further detail on the sub-themes is provided in the abstract submission guidelines.

Teaching and communicating epidemiology and bio-statistics

Translation from research to policy and practice

Career development for Early to Mid-Career Epidemiologists

Pre-conference workshops will be held and details of those will be put on the conference website shortly. At this stage, there will not be any opportunity to add new workshops to what the conference committee has already organised for the program, unless separately organised by SIG groups offsite (AEA can still support these though!). However, on the abstract submission page, invitations for symposia (1000 word abstract) are also being accepted – see the symposia template on the abstract submission page. This is an opportunity for AEA Special Interest Groups to submit a symposia for a topic of interest to the SIG members! Please keep this in mind.