Europe
Regional Area Councilor: Patricia Kearney

IEA-Europe also maintains its own website, with more detailed information on European events and activities.

The IEA European Committee incorporates epidemiological societies in 15 European countries (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom). Each country is represented  in the board. Board meetings were held in November 2010 in Florence and in August 2011 at the WCE in Edinburgh.

In Europe, epidemiological patterns of diseases and health are evolving rapidly following social and economical changes. The European population is aging, health inequalities are increasing, immigration is continuing. Climate change, among other environmental determinants, is of great concern. Beside understanding the fundamental determinants of health, epidemiologists are facing substantial questions concerning health care and prevention: what interventions are really beneficial for individuals and communities?  By how much should we advance population based prevention or personalised interventions. How does the current scientific evidence support the two different approaches? How should the scientific evidence be transferred into policy? How do different policies influence health? Finding acceptable and equitable solutions is urgent in a Europe under economic stress.

The IEA-Europe intends to maintain its objective of holding  regional conferences in each of the non-WCE years aimed at focusing on major scientific and public health questions.

Regional conferences provide the opportunity for researchers to present their work to colleagues across Europe and to hear what is being done in countries other than their own.

While most of us owe our primary allegiance to our own ‘national’ (epidemiological) societies it is important to recognize that many of the same scientific, medical and public health questions are being asked, addressed and answered in neighbouring countries.

Regional News

A joint IEA-Europe (European Congress of Epidemiology) and Society for Social Medicine and Population Health (SMS) Annual Scientific Meeting is planned September 4-6, 2019 in Cork, Ireland. Announced plans include Pemberton Lecturer Kenneth Rothman, Distinguished Fellow, Research Triangle Institute, and Cochrane Lecturer WH Duncan, Professor of Public Health, University of Liverpool.  Of note, USD $5,000 will be available to support early-career epidemiologists attendance at the conference. This funding is provided through monies previously collected as a dues surcharge on members from Western Europe.

The European Congress of Epidemiology 2018, titled Crises, Epidemiological transitions and the role of epidemiologists, took place on July 4-6 2018 in Lyon, France. Please find more information here:
 http://euroepi2018.com/

 

Regional News

 Call for nominations for IEA Councillors 2017-2020 (11/8/2016) 
   

The IEA is seeking nominations for IEA Council Membership for 2017-2020

Nominations are requested of the following positions:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 7 Regional Councillors, respectively for the African Region; the Eastern Mediterranean Region;  the European Region; the Latin American and Caribbean Region; the South East Asian Region; the North American Region; and the Western Pacific Region

Any IEA member may submit to the Nominating Committee names of candidates for President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. IEA members may submit nominations for Regional Councillors for their own region only.

Those nominating candidates must ensure that:

  • the candidate is aware of their responsibilities as IEA Councillors and of the tasks they are expected to carry out, that can be found on the IEA Handbook (IEA-Handbook-2015-11-7-16 (1).pdf)
  • the candidate is committed to accept the mandate, if elected
  • the candidate is a current IEA member

Self nominations can be accepted ONLY from current IEA Secretary, Treasurer, and Regional Councillors.

Nominations should specify the name and address of the candidate and summarize briefly:

  • current affiliations
  • professional curriculum
  • past and present involvement in IEA activities
  • past and present involvement in national epidemiological societies

The Nominating Committee will treat in strict confidence any comments proposers may wish to add.  Nominations must be submitted to Peter Kralka, IEA Account Executive (peter.kralka@ieaweb.orgby 31 December 2016.  Electronic voting by the entire IEA membership will take place during February 2017.

The current IEA Council will act until August 2017 and hand over responsibilities for the next three years to the newly appointed members of Council at the 2017 IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Saitama, Japan (http://wce2017.umin.jp/welcome/index.html).

 


 IEA Fellowships to support participation in the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology (6/14/2016) 
   

At the beginning of February 2015 IEA announced a call for application for partial support towards the course fees of the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology for up to two members from low or middle-income countries and by the closing date, on April 30 2015, IEA received 25 applications from the following countries: Brazil (3), Camerun (3), Guinea-Bissau (1), India (10), Nigeria (3), Senegal (1), Sri-lanka (1), Sudan (1), Uganda (1), and Zambia (1).
The quality of the applications was impressive. The IEA Executive Committee appointed an Evaluation Committee that assessed the applications on the basis of pre-defined criteria.

Manya Prasad (India) and Maria Carolina Borges (Brazil) have been awarded the fellowship, which will cover the course fees for the two students (up to $6,000, which is a reduced price from EEPE).

Congratulations to the two awarded students! IEA thanks all the applicants and wish them all the best in their professional development.

 


 Stephen Leeder new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology (5/12/2016) 
   

Stephen Leeder, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). He is a longstanding member of IEA and has a wide network of international associations. He was recommended for the post by four past Presidents of IEA.

Stephen was Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia in 2013-15. In the 1990s he was President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association and head of the Sydney School of Public Health. Later he served as Dean of the Medical School at the University of Sydney. Early in his career Stephen spent time working in departments of public health and/or community medicine in the UK, Canada and the USA and he is currently Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York. He has also been Director of the Asian and Pacific Rockefeller Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, through which he developed strong links with students and institutions in Thailand, China, Indonesia and Colombia.

The IJE has flourished under the editorship of George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim, who will step down as editors at the end of 2016. The IEA is enormously grateful to them for their substantial contributions to enhancing the profile of the journal over the last 15 years. Stephen will take up the post of IJE Editor-in-Chief on 1 January 2017.

 


 Call for new Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) (2/23/2016) 
   

The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) is seeking new Editor(s)-in-Chief for its influential flagship journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). The IJE, owned by IEA, is published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

IJE is one of the most highly respected and cited journals in the field of epidemiology. Its Impact Factor increased from 4.5 in 2006, to 9.2 in 2014, and it is currently ranked 2nd in the list for all journals on Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. Around 130 original articles, together with editorials, commentaries, letters and commissioned content are published annually, in six issues. The Journal receives over 1,500 article submissions a year.

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scientist(s) to take this successful journal onto the next stage in its development. Applicants should be specialists in epidemiology or public health with an international reputation and editorial experience. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Joint applications are welcome. The successful candidate(s) can propose their preferred editorial structure. The successful candidate(s) are expected to start their editorial tenure, overlapping with the current IJE editors, and beginning in August 2016, and to take over completely on 1 January 2017.

The editorial office budget shall be set by agreement between the IEA Council and the Editor. The Editor(s) will work in close collaboration with OUP, which provides the editorial office with technical support for manuscript tracking, managing submitted articles, and preparing articles for publication. The appointment will be reviewed after three years.

Applications should include a covering letter of no more than two pages (500 words) with a summary of your qualifications and experience; a concise curriculum vitae of no more than four pages; a two page statement of your vision for the Journal; and confirmation that your institution would support your taking on this role.

Applications close on 14 February 2016 and they should be submitted to the IEA Secretary, Dr Vinod Srivastava (vinods51@hotmail.com). The Search Committee encourages nominations of potential candidates.

Further information about the role of the Editor(s)-in-Chief and statistics about the journal are available on request from the IEA Secretary. Potential candidates may also wish to consult the current Editors-in-Chief (ije-editorial@bristol.ac.uk), the Publisher (allen.stevens@oup.com).

Click here for Description of the role of the Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE)

 IEA Fellowship to support participation in the EEPE 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology (2/23/2016) 
   

The IEA will provide partial support towards the course fees of the 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology, on a competitive basis, for 1 IEA member from low or middle-income countries. Those interested should write toeepe@eepe.org no later than April 3, 2016, attaching a copy of their CV and a short statement on why they would like to attend the course.

The course (Florence, Italy, 20 June – 8 July 2016) is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course offers in the first two weeks five general modules on epidemiological study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data, and in the third week seven special modules on topics of current relevance for health and advanced methodological issues. The course is taught in English by an international faculty and is held in residential form in the “Studium” centre on the hills of Florence.

Please visit the website  www.eepe.org for further information