MIDAS Network Annual Meeting: MIDAS 2021

Dates: May 10 – 13, 2021

Times: 11:00am – 5:30pm, Eastern US time
Note: we may also add sessions to be held during business hours in the Asia-Pacific region.

MIDAS members and collaborators meet once per year at the annual MIDAS meeting to showcase recent work and network with colleagues. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, it is an online event! 

Students and postdocs are encouraged to present their work, as well as junior and senior faculty. For the 2021 virtual meeting, there will be a mix of pre-recorded and live content. We are planning two panel discussions as well as the traditional scientific sessions and other events. We look forward to lively and engaging discussions, albeit online.

Registration: Registration is now open! There is no registration fee for the MIDAS meeting, and it is open to the public. 
Registration portal:

Abstract submissions: The call for abstracts has closed.


Meeting Program Outline: 

Monday, May 10
  • Demonstrations of data and software resources
  • Career development session
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Tuesday, May 11
  • Panel Discussion: Funding opportunities for infectious disease modeling
  • Scientific sessions (talks and breakout groups)
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Wednesday, May 12
  • Panel Discussion: How public health agencies can benefit from infectious disease modeling
  • Scientific sessions (talks and breakout groups)
  • Poster session – rapid fire talks
Thursday, May 13
  • Scientific sessions (talks and breakout groups)


Agenda: We expect to finalize the agenda a few weeks prior to the start of the meeting. Meanwhile, we are excited to announce the following guest speakers and panelists:

Opening remarks: Jon Lorsch, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Funding agency panelists:

  • Jennifer Gardy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Veerasamy (Ravi) Ravichandran, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Samuel Scheiner, Katharina Dittmar, Zhilan Feng, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Matthew Biggerstaff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Public health agency panelists:

  • Dylan George, In-Q-Tel
  • Michael Johansson, Rachel Slayton, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • State agency: to be confirmed


Career Panel:

  • Daniel Janes, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Samuel Scheiner, National Science Foundation (NSF)


General Information:

There are three types of presentation opportunities for MIDAS members: 

a)  Scientific session with breakout discussion group (30 minutes)

  • This is the session that most closely resembles those held at recent MIDAS Network annual meetings. Each session will have three scientific talks, heard by all attendees, followed by three concurrent breakout discussion groups. Attendees choose which breakout group they are most interested in. 
  • Each of the three presenters will give a 10-minute talk, and then lead the 20-minute breakout discussion group. Note: for logistical reasons, the 10-minute talks will be pre-recorded. The following breakout discussion groups will be live. This is where attendees can ask questions, and the presenter can guide more in-depth discussion.


b) Poster session – rapid fire talk

MIDAS members will have the opportunity to present a research poster during the poster sessions. We are exploring multiple options for an effective virtual equivalent for the poster sessions that will enable good opportunities for discussion. Members will have the opportunity to briefly present their poster during a rapid fire oral presentation session, which will allow conference participants to see a summary of each poster, helping them decide which posters to visit. 

c) Demonstration of data or software resource (60 minutes)

These sessions offer MIDAS members the opportunity to demonstrate data  or software resources.  Note: abstracts for these sessions will be reviewed by the MIDAS Coordination Center. Each session may be up to 60 minutes, and will be held in parallel. These sessions will be live.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact: