The ISDS annual conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together the diverse, multidisciplinary community of biosurveillance practitioners and researchers to review the latest developments in methodology and applications in the field.
Each year, the ISDS membership plays a critical role in determining both the focus and structure of the conference by having primary responsibility for its content. Each conference is supported by two volunteer committees, the Organizing (Planning) Committee, and the Scientific Program Committee. In addition, the Board of Directors supports the development of strategies for future conferences as well as determining their timing and location.
Organizing (Planning) Committee
The ISDS Conference Planning Committee works to coordinate the logistics of the conference and communication between the Organizing and Program Chairs, the ISDS Board of Directors, and Tufts Health Care Institute. The Conference Committee Board Liaison represents the Board of Directors on planning calls and reports planning progress back to the Board on a monthly basis. The Planning Committee does not play a role in gathering scientific content or facilitating peer review beyond providing initial suggestions and advice.
Scientific Program Committee
After determining the overall conference theme and track titles, the Scientific Program Chair selects and convenes a separate committee to collect and review abstract submissions. The Scientific Program Committee may consist of Consultants, Track Chairs and Reviewers.