17. What will the format of your event be?:
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
What kind of decisions do policy makers, scientists and health authorities have to make during an infectious outbreak? How do decision makers decide where to concentrate their money, resources and skills, in what is essentially a race against the clock? One key decision needed is whether to concentrate on protection of the uninfected by creating a vaccine, or to aggressively develop treatments to reduce transmission in the infected. Both regimes have their benefits but also their downsides. Here we will bring together an expert panel to debate the pros and cons of these alternative strategies. Current panelists that have agreed in principle include: Prof Nigel Brown: Society for General Microbiology President and ex-Director of the BBSRC Prof Mark Fielder: Hon General Secretary for Society for Applied Microbiology Dr Natalie Silvey: A practicing Doctor, runs @TwitJournalClub and has been active in promoting a series of important issues relating to Doctors and Patients rights TBC: In negotiations for a fourth panel member.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
The Epifection project involves local stakeholders (public, private and voluntary sector) and would highlight the very real process of events that would be triggered, should a bacterial infection break out in Newcastle upon Tyne.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
This debate is not only of local interest or specific for the Epifection project. The importance of antibiotic use and development (TREATMENT) was highlighted recently (11/3/13) by Prof. Dame S. Davies. The importance of VACCINATION is also covered regularly in the media. One recent example is the issues with Whooping cough and the need to continue vaccination schemes even though people consider it no longer a threat.
I am the event manager:
I am the event manager
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The EpiFection project has Newcastle University funding (c£15k) and has secured a further £10k from the Society for General Microbiology and the Society for Applied Microbiology, who have invested in this as a pilot of an outbreak model/experiment that could run at other Festivals and in schools. The collaborative team working on the project involves University staff from biomedical sciences, computer sciences and mathematics.
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
Medical Sciences 
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013