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Mathematics and COVID-19


About the lecture series

To promote the application of mathematics and mathematical modelling in combating COVID-19, the Centre for Disease Modeling (CDM) together with the Chinese Society for Mathematical Biology (CSMB) has launched a weekly distinguished lecture series, “Mathematics and COVID-19”.  There will be 16 distinguished speakers to present topics that will cover and examine how mathematics can contribute to the understanding of SARS-CoV-2 to inform public health policy decision making.

You are invited!

Organizing Committee

     Julien Arino - University of Manitoba                                                      
     Jacques Bélair - Université de Montréal
     Jingan Cui - Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture     
     Meng Fan - Northeast Normal University
     Jane Heffernan - York University                                                            
     Zhen Jin - Shanxi University
     Michael Li - University of Alberta                                                            
    Wei Lin - Fudan University
    Wendi Wang - Southwest University                                                      
    James Watmough - University of New Brunswick  
    Yanni Xiao - Xi'an Jiaotong University                                                    
    Huaiping Zhu - York University (Lead organizer)

Webinar IT support: Bertland Imai, Steven Chen,  Grant McNair

CDM York Local organizing Team:Jane Heffernan, Jude Kong, Pei Yuan, Elena Aruffo,Tingting Zheng,Juan Li, Qi Li, Yi Tan, Raad Angie, Jun Li, Huaiping Zhu



  • Lecture 18 

          Speaker:  Dr Jacques Belair (Universite de Montreal)

          Date, Time: Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          Pandemics in film: unraveling mathematical modeling

          Video:  Jacques Belair
  • Lecture 17 

          Speaker:  Dr Sanyi Tang, (Shaanxi Normal University)

          Date, Time: Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

         Early warning and long-term prediction of COVID-19 infection in China: model/data-based analyses

          Video:  Sanyi Tang


  • Lecture 16 

          Speaker:  Dr Wei Lin, (Fudan University, China)

          Date, Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

         On the prediction, evaluation, and simulation of epidemic dynamics of COVID-19

          Video:  Wei Lin


  • Lecture 15 

          Speaker:  Dr Wendi Wang, (School of Mathematics and Statistics, Southwest University, China)

          Date, Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          Spatial modelling and analysis of the spread of COVID-19 in China: Spatial effect and indirect transmission

          Video:   Wendi Wang


  • Lecture 14  

          Speaker:  Dr Jorge Velasco Hernandez (Instituto de Matematicas Unidad Juriquilla Queretaro, Mexico)

          Date, Time: Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          Lifting mobility restrictions, super-spreading events and control of the short-term dynamics of COVID-19 in Mexico

          Video: Jorge Velasco Hernandez
  • Lecture 13  

          Speaker:  Dr. Nick Ogden, Director, Public Health Risk Sciences Division National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

          Date, Time: Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          Predictive modelling of COVID-19 in Canada to inform public health measures

          Video: Nick Ogden
  • Lecture 12  

          Speaker:  Dr. Nathaniel Osgood, University of Saskatchewan

          Date, Time: Friday, July 17, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          Real-time epi and acute care need monitoring/forecasting for COVID-19: Sequential Monte Carlo-leveraged transmission models

          Video: Nathaniel Osgood
  • Lecture 11

           Speaker:  Dr. David Earn, Mathematics & Statistics, McMaster University

           Date, Time:  Friday, July 10, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)

          From the Black Death to COVID-19: Analyzing the past and forecasting the future

          Video:  David Earn


  • Lecture 10

          Speaker:  Dr. Zhilan Feng, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University,Mathematical Biology Program, DMS, National Science Foundation, USA

          Date, Time: Friday, July 3, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
         Video: Zhilan Feng
Dr. Hongjie Yu, School of Public Health, Fudan University
Date, Time:
Friday, June 26, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Video: Hongjie YU
Dr. Yuan Lou, Department of Mathematics, Ohio State University
Date, Time:
Friday, June 19, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Video: Yuan Lou
Xiaonong Zhou, Professor, Director National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention & Chinese Center for Tropical
Date, Time:
Friday, June 12, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Dr. Daniel Coombs,  Mathematics, University of British Columbia
Date, Time:
Saturday June 6, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Dr. Caroline Colijn, Mathematics and Statistics, Simon Fraser University
Date, Time:
Saturday May 30, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Dr. Junling Ma Mathematics and Statistics University of Victoria
Date, Time:
Saturday May 23, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
VIdeo: Junling Ma


Prof. Lydia Bourouiba, The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, MIT
Date, Time:
Saturday May 16, 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (EST)
Dr. Michael Li Department of Mathematics, University of Alberta
Date, Time: 
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 20:30 to 21:30 (EST)
Video:  Michael Li
Dr. Mac Hyman, Department of Mathematics, Tulane University
Date, Time: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 20:00 to 21:00 (EST)
Moderator: Jane
  • Panelists:
Video: Mac Hyman