In June 2022, twenty participants attended the 3-day training school on scenario tree modelling (STM) in Ljubljana. The aim of STM is to quantitatively analyse multiple complex components of disease control programmes and to use multiple data sources to estimate the probability of freedom from disease.
The course instructor was internationally renowned epidemiologist Angus Cameron, Director of AusVet Animal Health Services. He introduced the concept of STM and took the participants step by step through the development of the model and shared his extensive practical experience in applying the models. Angus paid particular attention to the interests of each participant, which made the training school an exceptional experience, perfectly summed up by one participant’s feedback: “Fantastic lecturer that made the stuff look simple and brought enthusiasm and heavy brain activity among the participants.” There were also many practical examples where Angela Fanelli stepped into action and helped participants who were stuck. She also presented some of her own work on STM.
After the full-day course, we met for a boat trip on the Ljubljanica river, a ride on the electric train through the main sights of Ljubljana and joint dinners.