Award and Scholarship

EPITER - Scholarship

A scholarship of 1000 € is offered by Epiter association ( www.epiter.org ), co-organizer of the congress, which supports and promotes field epidemiology.

A broad definition of field epidemiology is the “practice of epidemiology in the field”, i.e. in the community, commonly in a public health service (a unit of government or a closely allied institution) or a research institution. Field epidemiology involves the application of epidemiologic methods to health problems when a rapid, on-site investigation is necessary for implementing timely measures to protect and improve the health of the public. Its methods are designed to answer specific questions in order to plan, implement and/or evaluate public health interventions. A field epidemiologist must consider the needs of those who will use the results. His/her task is not complete until the results of a field investigation/study have been clearly communicated in a timely manner to those who need to know.

For this year the scholarship goes to Carolina Coll of the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.

For the communication DEMAND FOR FAMILY PLANNING SATISFIED AMONG ADOLESCENTS BY MARITAL STATUS AND PARITY: AN ANALYSIS OF 73 LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES.

 Interview of Carolina Coll:

 

Euro Epi 2018: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carolina Coll: I obtained a master (2012) and PhD (2017) degree in Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. During my PhD, I completed a doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford, Psychiatry Department. I am currently a postdoc researcher at the International Center for Equity in Health. 

Euro Epi 2018: Why did you candidate for the Epiter scholarship?

Carolina Coll: Research funding opportunities have been scarce in my home country. As an early-career researcher in the field epidemiology, I believe I have much to gain from participating in an important international conference during which field epidemiology will be an important component of the program. This scholarship will support part of my travel expenses, making possible to me to attend this key event.

Euro Epi 2018: About your work and research related to the topic you will present during the congress: which continuation and which prospects you and your team will have?

Carolina Coll: My main line of research in our team is gender equity. In this topic, I have been conducting several analyses especially regarding family planning with a global health focus. Regarding the work I will be presenting in the conference, we hope our analyses will guide family planning strategies to effectively reach adolescents in low and middle-income countries, therefore contributing towards the achievement of universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights by 2030 (a priority goal stated in the global Agenda for Sustainable Development).

Euro Epi 2018: What could you say about field epidemiology in the future?

Carolina Coll: The future is always going to change the way we practice epidemiology and the ways of thinking about the health of populations. For this reason, Epidemiology will always be a challenging science. As epidemiologists we must be prepared to adapt our research to an ever-changing world, using appropriate epidemiological methods for addressing the scientific and public health problems. In this sense, the role of field epidemiologists in providing a relevant analysis of health crises, considering the multiple factors (economical, political, humanitarian, ecological) that affects health conditions of a population, is essential for establishing appropriate and proportionate control measures, anticipating the future, in terms of the possible consequences and our ability to use experience acquired to improve public health policies.

Euro Epi 2018: What are your expectations for the European Congress of Epidemiology 2018?

Carolina Coll: The European Congress of Epidemiology 2018 will be a fantastic opportunity for knowledge exchange with other researchers and learning of new epidemiological methods, which I consider particularly important for an early career researcher like me.

Euro Epi 2018: Would you like to leave a message for the Epidemiology board of Epiter and for the Euro epi 2018 attenders?

Carolina Coll: I would like to thank the Epiter association for the support to attend the congress. I wish Euro epi attenders to make the most of the participation in the congress.

 

EPITER - Best Poster Communication Award in Field Epidemiology

An award for the best poster communication in field epidemiology (www.epiter.org) will be offered by Epiter association, co-organizer of the congress, which supports and promotes field epidemiology.

A broad definition of field epidemiology is the “practice of epidemiology in the field”, i.e. in the community, commonly in a public health service (a unit of government or a closely allied institution) or a research institution. Field epidemiology involves the application of epidemiologic methods to health problems when a rapid, on-site investigation is necessary for implementing timely measures to protect and improve the health of the public. Its methods are designed to answer specific questions in order to plan, implement and/or evaluate public health interventions. A field epidemiologist must consider the needs of those who will use the results. His/her task is not complete until the results of a field investigation/study have been clearly communicated in a timely manner to those who need to know.

This prize will be awarded to a junior professional working in the field of public health and/or epidemiology, less than 35 years of age at the date of the congress, having presented a poster communication reporting results of a study/investigation/surveillance system/interventional research based on a field epidemiology approach, regardless of his/her status (Epiter member or non-member, student or not).

If you think you meet the criteria above mentioned, you can apply for this award by completing the form provided by clicking here. The selection of the winner will be made by the Epiter members of the scientific committee of Euro-Epi 2018.

The prize consists of a reimbursement of conference registration fees.