On the first day of the colloquium, November 1 2011, several workshops will be organised which are open to all interested colloquium attendees. Below is an overview of the three scheduled workshops. As places for each of the workshops are limited, please confirm your participation with the relevant contact person to ensure your seat (contact details are listed below).
Workshop on Research Priorities for Zoonoses and NTDs of Africa (Click here to view the programme)
The aim of this workshop will be to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge between scientists, health workers, policy makers and funding agencies on the subject of NIDs and zoonoses which are disproportionately affecting Africa.
The participants will discuss priorities, gaps and regional foci for research activities, and specifically aim to:
Identify and prioritise research gaps in NIDs with a major impact on public health in Africa.
Discuss research gaps that can be addressed through collaborative research at the regional and/or international level.
Identify new modalities for involvement of industry, and particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in NID research.
Discuss how different research initiatives can work together to optimise resources.
Participants will be asked to assist in formulating recommendations to help the EC and other international agencies to establish research priorities for zoonoses and neglected infectious diseases.
This thematic workshop is jointly organised by the European Commission (RTD/F3), the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium and the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods (Click here to view the programme)
This workshop will focus on qualitative research methods and will illustrate their use in the context of the control of NIDs and zoonoses. The first part of the session will describe the fundamentals of qualitative research methods and will present a practical framework for the implementation and appraisal of such research. In the second part of the session a number of qualitative studies will be presented, illustrating the concepts highlighted earlier and opening the workshop up for discussion.
Workshop on e-tools for research and e-learning assessment (Click here to view the programme)
Over the past few decades an increasing number of electronic tools have been developed and promoted that could facilitate scientists in their research, especially field related research. In the first half of this workshop a number of e-tools for research will be presented which have been used successfully in different field projects. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the tools, test them and discus their use, application, costs etc. with the workshop facilitators.
In the second part of the workshop, the emphasis will be on objective assessment in e-learning. A case study will be presented about the assessment of students of the eSCART-course, an Electronic Short Course on Antiretroviral Treatment. Other challenges regarding e-learning and its assessment will also be discussed.