Navigation and service

Meet the Pioneers of "Digital Epidemiology": New Robert Koch Colloquium Starts This May

Poster Digital Epidemiology 2017. Source: Dirk Brockmann/RKI

This summer, the Robert Koch Institute launches its inaugural “Robert Koch Colloquium”, a from now on annual event by RKI discussing innovative scientific issues. The topic of the first colloquium is “Digital Epidemiology”, an emergent, trans-disciplinary and rapidly growing research field which integrates methods of bio­informatics, modern network theory, machine learning, Big Data analytics and high per­for­mance computing in the context of public health and which expands traditional approaches. These new techniques rely – amongst other things – on stringent research data manage­ment in order to provide data and make them usable for the future.

The colloquium will host a set of six inter­nationally recognized speakers from the U.S., Great Britain, Switzer­land, Italy, Den­mark and Ger­many who have made major con­tributions to the field of digital epi­demiology. The first lecture – “Epidemic Modelling does more than forecast” - will be held by one of the pioneers of this new research field, Prof. Alessandro Vespignani from the Northeastern University in Boston, on May 3rd, 2017. The lecture series takes place at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin-Wedding; the lectures will be held in English.

RKI will stream all lectures live on periscope - just follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rki_de) or directly on periscope (https://www.pscp.tv). Each lecture will be available for seven days afterwards.

Date: 21.04.2017

Topics

What we do

What we do

The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

International Activities

International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

Virus Explorer image database

Virus Explorer image database

The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.

European diagnostic network EMERGE

European diagnostic network EMERGE

The EMERGE network aims to provide an efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging bacteria and viruses at EU level and abroad. The project is coordinated by the RKI.

German Health Survey for Adults

German Health Survey for Adults

The Robert Koch-Institute regularly conducts and publishes the "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults", an on-going assessment and analysis of the health condition of the German adult population.