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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

22nd to 25th May

100 Thomas Building, Penn State, University Park, PA 16802


Michael Boots

Michael Boots

Alessandro Vespignani

Alessandro Vespignani

Avery August

Avery August

Yasmine Belkaid

Yasmine Belkaid

Emily Bruns

Emily Bruns

Colleen Webb

Colleen Webb

Paul Turner

Paul Turner

Paul Cross

Paul Cross


22nd to 25th May 2023

The return of EEID to Penn State, 20 years after the first meeting, is a time for reflection on how the field has developed and where we want the field to go. We are organizing this year's meeting around 4 core themes,Transmission, Within-host Dynamics, Persistence and Heterogeneitythat were central to EEID 2003. This year's keynote speakers will reflect on how these concepts have changed over the last 2 decades and the priority challenges for the future. A PDF version of the scientific program is available Here

20th - 22nd May


From 20-22 May we will hold a workshop on Communicating Novelty and Controversy in EEID. This three day workshop in science communication will be open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We will talk about strategies for communicating novelty and combating misinformation in infectious disease science and strategies to tailor your message to various audiences. The workshop will include presentations from prominent scientists in our field and a 1-day workshop on science communication led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Event locations

The conference was held in May 2023 and was a blast

Are you giving a talk or a poster at EEID 2023?

Information for presenters


Conference Location

Penn State’s University Park Campus

State College PA




State College University Park Airport (SCE)

located 5 miles from campus with connecting service from EWR, ORD, PHL and LGA.

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)

Located 90 miles to the south of the conference location.


PIT, EWR, BWI, IAD airports are all within 200 miles.



Address: 219 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 862-9808

Room Types: King Bed (25)Double Queens (25)


Single/Double: 114 $

Triple: 124 $

Quad: 134 $

Room Block Code: G-EEID

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Address: 125 S Atherton ST, State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 231-2100

Room Types: Double Queens (20)


Single/Double: 109 $

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Address: 205 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 778-0300

Room Types: Double Queens (10)Standard Kings (5)


Single/Double: 139 $

Room Block Code: EEI

use the code EEI as the group code for special discount

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Conference attendees have the choice of multiple hikes with guided groups or individual self-guided hikes near the Penn State Campus. We will arrange hikes ranging in length from 1.5 to 8 miles. Transportation will be provided for the hikes. At the time of registration you will be asked to indicate a preferred hike so that we can gauge interest and plan accordingly.

EEID 2022 is made possible by the generous contributions from the following sponsors

national science foundation
  • Penn State Office of the Provost
  • Penn State Eberly College of Science
  • Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
  • Penn State Office of Global Programs
  • Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • Penn State College of Health and Human Development

Covid Policy

The University strongly recommends face masks be worn indoors on campuses in counties designated by the CDC to have high COVID-19 Community Levels. Even on campuses in counties with low or medium COVID-19 Community Levels, the University encourages anyone who wishes to wear mask indoors on these campuses to continue to do so. Face masks are required in facilities providing health care and in other locations where required by law, including indoors at the College of Medicine, Penn State Health locations, University Health Services and other campus health care centers.

PSU covid policy

Childcare services

Though we are not able to arrange nor guarantee availability, we can provide general information about day care facilities in the area. Please reach out here  for a list of childcare centers in the State College area.

Lactation stations are located throughout campus and may be found here

The closest location is in MSC W103. Conference participants may email  for more information or  for a sponsor enrollment form to give access to said stations for the duration of the conference.  


Frequenty asked questions

When will registration close?

In person registration is closed as we have hit our participant capacity. Registration for virtual attendance remains open.

Can I cancel my registration, or move to virtual registration?

Yes. To do so please send an email to and request the change. You will be refunded the balance remaining after the chance or a cancellation fee. Use the subject line “Request to cancel (change) registration for Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Diseases Conference 2023 (to VIRTUAL)“ and include the following information in the body of the email: Name, Email, Phone, Type of registration e.g Student, Post-doc, Faculty/Staff,e.t.c

Do posters have to address the conference themes to be considered?

No. In fact, if you have exciting work that does not fit neatly in one of the 4 session themes, we would be excited to see it in poster form.

What is the poster format?

"Each poster board will be 46”x46” of useable space. Recommended poster dimensions are 36” by 46” (in either landscape or portrait orientation). Posters must be hung with velcro tape that we will provide. Pins, tacks, or non velcro tape will result in the organizers being fined per poster that does not comply. "

Which meals are covered?

For the Workshop, all breakfast and lunches are provided. For the Conference, lunches and coffee breaks will be provided. The Monday night registration event will include appetizers and the dinner will be provided at the Wednesday night dinner.

Where should I stay?

We are currently negotiating with Penn State for access to dorms for workshop attendees and students. We will update the Travel section as this information becomes available. We have arranged blocks of rooms at local hotels within walking distance of the conference location. Please see the Travel section for details.

If I apply to a workshop do I also have to register for the conference?

Yes, all conference participants must register for the conference, regardless of participation in workshops.

What COVID-19 precautions is EEID 2023 taking?

Participant safety is our highest priority. Conference procedures regarding masking and testing will be updated and communicated to attendees in response to the evolving pandemic.

Do you offer child-care services for conference attendees?

We are currently working to provide child-care and lactation services and will provide an update soon.

Where is the hike going to be?

We will be offering several hikes of varying distances. You will be asked to indicate a preference for length at the time of registration. A few weeks before the meeting, we will send a follow-up email with details on the finalized hikes and you will be asked to chose from among the options at that time.

Do I have to go on the hike? What else can I do that afternoon?

No. In fact, we will choose hikes of several distances, including at least one short walk that will be entirely within walking distance of the conference facility. There will be two optional afternoon activities that pair well with the shorter hike options. The first will be a be a discussion of classroom strategies for teaching infectious disease biology. The second will be an information session about research and career opportunities at the CDC Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics. Both activities will be held from 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday, 24 May in the Millennium Science Complex, adjacent to the meeting venue. We encourage attendees who would prefer to use the hike time slot for meetings on special topics to get in touch with the conference organizers and we will be happy to help arrange space.

Is Lucy going to be on one of the hikes?

Yes, she sure is.

Is Lucy going to be attending the conference?

Lucy has a really nice yard a few blocks from the conference and she has to hear about infectious disease research all the time anyway. But she will absolutely show up for some conference events and anyone who needs a break from the meeting is welcome to take the short walk over to her house to say hi.