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The isirv Epidemiology Group was established at the Options for the Control of Influenza VIII conference in Cape Town in September 2013.


The purpose of the isirv Epidemiology Group is to promote the scientific understanding of how respiratory viruses spread in populations, to study the characteristics and consequences of epidemics, and to provide practical information on the effectiveness and impact of interventions and control measures to promote public health.


Epidemiology is the science of the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

The scope of the isirv Epidemiology Group includes:

  1. the descriptive epidemiology of influenza and other respiratory viruses (patterns in incidence, severity and burden etc);
  2. characterization of transmission dynamics;
  3. design of epidemiologic studies;
  4. appropriate statistical and mathematical models for the analysis of epidemiologic data;
  5. estimation/prediction of the effectiveness of interventions and control measures.


Membership is open to all members of ISIRV. Members can join the isirv Epidemiology Group via the members' area of the ISIRV website.

Recent Activities

The first isirv Epidemiology Group Conference Incidence, Severity and Impact of Influenza 2016  took place at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France from January 21-22, 2016 with more than 100 international participants. It was agreed to hold regular scientific meetings and to take this SIG further in close collaboration with the ISIRV Board.

Planned Activities

The 2nd isirvEpidemiology Group Conference is currently in in the planning stage. Join us on 16-18 January 2019 at the new ECDC facilities in Stockholm for an interdisciplinary conference.This meeting is aimed at epidemiologists, clinical researchers, as well as experts in public health, risk analysis, big data and global health. The focus will be on severe disease presentations with influenza and other respiratory viral infections.

The isirv Epidemiology Group is also planning the development of scientific isirv Epidemiology Workgroups open to registered members.