MIDAS Network Annual Meeting: MIDAS 2022

September 7-9, and September 23, 2022
Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and online


September 7-9, and September 23, 2022
Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and online


The annual MIDAS meeting provides an opportunity for members to showcase recent work and network with colleagues.

A huge thank-you to everyone who attended the in-person meeting during September 7-9, 2022! We are now focused on organizing the virtual event on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Both events (in-person and virtual) include traditional scientific presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities for interaction with other attendees.

MIDAS members at all career stages are invited to participate; we particularly encourage submissions from students, postdocs, and other early-career investigators.

In-person event: (the in-person meeting will not have hybrid or virtual options for attendance.)
Dates: September 7-9, 2022
Venue: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. 

Virtual event:
Date: Friday September 23, 2022
Online format: Zoom meetings

Registration link:
Registration is now open again for the virtual meeting. Please note that even if you submitted an abstract for MIDAS 2022, you still need to register to attend.

Program link:
View the program details for talk titles, presenters, times etc. Zoom links will be published here.

You must be registered, and logged in to Ex Ordo to be able to view the online program and Zoom links.


Virtual meeting program – download pdf file here:
Virtual Meeting Program v2 - MIDAS 2022 – (244 KB)  


COVID-19 information: UPDATED 8/23/2022

*All attendees are required to wear masks during conference sessions* 

As we plan the MIDAS 2022 annual meeting, the Coordination Center team has given careful consideration to the challenges of running a scientific meeting during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Our goal is to have a successful meeting that will encourage the exchange of ideas that we associate with scientific gatherings while managing COVID-related risks.  We expect attendees to show concern for friends and colleagues and cooperate to reduce risks of transmission.  

  • All attendees are required to wear masks during conference sessions. 
  • Testing before and during the meeting is recommended.  
  • Stay home if you are positive or symptomatic. 


Our recommendations are consistent with current policies for Montgomery County, Maryland ( We will continue to monitor the state of COVID reporting and will update recommendations to maintain alignment with local, state, and federal guidelines. 


Program Summary – In-Person (September 7-9)
All times listed are Eastern Time US. 

Wednesday, September 7

10:00am – 6:00pm

  • FRED Demonstration
  • Speed Networking
  • Panel discussion: Career development and funding
  • Panel discussion: MIDAS and the new CDC Center for Forecast and Outbreak Analytics
  • Lightning talks and networking (light refreshments provided)

Thursday, September 8

9:00am – 7:00pm

  • Scientific sessions and breakout groups
  • Panel discussion: Reflections on COVID-19
  • Poster session and networking (light refreshments provided)

Friday, September 9

9:00am – 3:30pm

  • Scientific sessions and breakout groups


Program Summary – Virtual (September 23)
All times listed are Eastern Time US

Friday, September 23

11:00am – 5:00pm 

  • Scientific sessions and Q&A
  • Lightning talks
  • Panel discussion: Reflections on COVID-19


List of Panelists

Career Development and Funding:
Moderator: Pamela Martinez, University of Illinois

  • Sam Scheiner, NSF
  • Rachel Slayton, CDC
  • Jean Yuan, NIGMS
  • Han Ngyuen, NIGMS
  • Joella Adams, RTI


MIDAS and the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA):
Moderator: Ana Bento, Indiana University

  • Dylan George, Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics
  • Nicholas Reich, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Cecile Viboud, Fogarty International Center, NIH


Reflections on COVID-19 (In-person meeting):
Moderator: Meagan Fitzpatrick, University of Maryland

  • Matthew Biggerstaff, CDC
  • Mike Famulare, Institute for Disease Modeling, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bruce Y. Lee, City University of New York
  • Amanda Perofsky, University of Washington
  • Mauricio Santillana, Northeastern University


Reflections on COVID-19 (virtual meeting):
Moderator: Harry Hochheiser, University of Pittsburgh

  • Michael Johansson, CDC
  • Julia Raifman, Boston University
  • Angela Rasmussen, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jeff Shaman, Columbia University


Meeting Format: In-person Meeting

There are four types of presentations. 

a) Scientific session with breakout discussion group

– Each session has three presenters who give 10-minute scientific talks, heard by all attendees. This is then followed by three concurrent breakout discussion groups. Attendees decide which breakout group they wish to attend based on hearing the short talks.

– Following the short talks, each of the three presenters lead a 25-minute breakout discussion group for their topic. This is where attendees can ask questions, and the presenter can guide more in-depth discussion.

b) Lightning talks

– Each presenter will have 3 minutes to speak. Presenters may show slides if they wish (maximum: 3 slides). 

– There will be an informal networking event after the lightning talks, where attendees can chat with presenters.

– Optional: presenters may display a poster of their talk during the networking event following the talks.


c) Demonstration of data or software resource

– These sessions offer MIDAS members the opportunity to provide tutorials or demonstrations of software/tools. 


d) Poster presentations

– Presenters set up their posters and describe their research as attendees stop by during the poster session. This will be another networking opportunity for attendees and presenters, in addition to the event following the Lightning talks.

– Poster size: 48 inches by 36 inches. While most posters are horizontally oriented, you may also orient your poster vertically.


Meeting Format: Virtual Meeting

There are two types of presentations. 

a) Scientific session and Q&A 

– Each one-hour session will have two x 20-minute scientific talks with Q&A. 

b) Lightning talks 

– Each presenter will have 3 minutes to speak.  Presenters may show slides if they wish (maximum: 3 slides). 


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