PASC24 Spotlight on Public Health and Management of Tick-Borne Illnesses

PASC24 Public Lecture

The theme of the PASC24 Public Lecture cuts across geographic frontiers by discussing a public health concern all across the globe: the effective management of tick-borne illnesses in an era of rising temperatures. The Organizing Team is pleased to announce that applied mathematician Folashade Augusto from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Kansas will give a public keynote offering insights into practical ways of managing tick populations.

Recently tick ranges have been expanding due in part to rising temperatures as a consequence of climate change. Larger tick ranges increase the risk of tick-borne illnesses, necessitating practical ways of managing tick populations. Prescribed fires is a commonly used land management practice that is time and cost efficient. This lecture will discuss the effects of prescribed fire intensity (low and high) and the duration between burns on the prevalence of tick-borne illnesses astemperature rises, and explore the effect of prescribed burns on the establishment of ticks into new areas. The results indicate that prescribed fire intensity has a larger impact on reducing disease prevalence than the frequency between burns. Infrequent burns, however, are ineffective at preventing tick establishment since populations can recover quickly following a burn, while frequent long-term prescribed burns can slow and possibly prevent tick establishment into new areas.
About the presenter
Folashade Augusto is an applied mathematician in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Kansas. She designs novel models to gain insights and mitigate the risks posed to public health by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Since 2017 she has engaged in a “mobile training clinic” in West Africa, visiting Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. The clinic involves training workshops for graduate students in ecology, epidemiology, and dynamical system analysis using seed funds from CIMPA through the African Mathematical Union. The mobile training clinic will be on the move to another African country in the summer of 2024 or 2025.

Call for paper submissions (by December 1)

The PASC24 Papers Program Committee is pleased to remind you that there is still time to submit your paper.

We welcome original research related to scientific computing in the following scientific domains:

  • Chemistry and Materials (incl. ceramics, metals, and polymers)
  • Climate, Weather, and Earth Sciences (incl. solid earth dynamics)
  • Applied Social Sciences and Humanities (incl. behavioral, economic, legal, political and business sciences, philosophy, languages, the arts, ethics in computing including climate impact of HPC, biases in machine learning, etc.)
  • Engineering (incl. CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering and materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience, and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, and quantum information sciences)
  • Computational Methods and Applied Mathematics

Papers that are selected for presentation at PASC24 will be published in the Proceedings of the PASC Conference, accessible via the ACM Digital Library. A selection of the highest quality papers may be invited to give a plenary presentation.

Contributions (maximum 10 pages) should be submitted through the PASC Conference online submission portal.

Please check the Guidelines for Papers for further information.


  • 01 December 2023: Deadline for paper submissions (NO EXTENSIONS!)
  • 06 February 2024: Review notifications
  • 23 February 2024: Deadline for paper revisions
  • 08 April 2024: Acceptance notifications

The PASC24 Papers Program Committee looks forward to receiving your contribution!

Event format

After a fully digital event in 2021, followed by two hybrid conferences, we are pleased to host PASC24 as an in-person event at ETH Zurich (Main Campus), Switzerland.

Conference contributors whose submissions are accepted for presentation at the conference, should thus plan to travel to Zurich and present their work on-site.

We look very much forward to welcoming you to Zurich in June 2024!