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Building citizen science intelligence for outbreak response using the companion modelling approach

Dr. Serge Stinckwich and Dr. Sylvia Muyingo will share their insights on Kenya, Brazil and Vietnam, in a session in the Science Summit at UNGA78.

UNU Macau’s Head of Research, Dr. Serge Stinckwich, is joining the Science Summit at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) by taking part in an online session on September 18 organised by The International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR). Dr. Stinckwich and Dr. Sylvia Muyingo, Associate Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), will give a presentation on “Building citizen science intelligence for outbreak response using the companion modelling approach in Kenya, Brazil and Vietnam”. 

In their presentation, which is part of the virtual session “Citizen Science for Digital Health and AI Research”, the researchers will provide an introduction of the Companion Modelling approach and piloting its use in public health. They will also be sharing experiences in the conduct of participatory modelling and role-playing game workshops, as well as in the development of an agent-based model. Their presentation will be followed by a panel discussion aimed at examining the use of existing digital technologies to enable the engagement of citizens.  

The “Citizen Science for Digital Health and AI Research” online session hosted by I-DAIR in the Science Summit at UNGA78 is aimed at exploring how citizen science can contribute to more inclusive and collaborative research for digital health and AI for health, as well as the type of infrastructure and technologies needed to create an enabling environment for citizens to participate sustainably.  

I-DAIR and its partners, which include UNU Macau, are developing participatory approaches allowing citizens’ active participation to go beyond data collection and extend into modelling and collaborative policy development. UNU Macau is currently working with I-DAIR in the research project “Building Citizen Science Intelligence for Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Needs Assessment and Pilot Implementation”. 

The session organised by I-DAIR, which will include a variety of speakers and one more panel discussion, will be held online on Monday, September 18, 12:30pm-3pm CEST (Beijing time: 6.30pm-9pm; New York time: 6.30am-9am). You may find the details of the session’s programme and the registration steps here. 

The Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) will be held on September 12-29, 2023. The event is aimed at exploring the role and contribution of science to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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