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Call: Contact, sex, & substance-using networks in the epoch of COVID-19

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Event Details

Please consider submitting an abstract to the session on “Contact, sex, and substance-using networks in the epoch of COVID-19” for Networks 2021, scheduled for 6-11 July, 2021 in Washington, DC, USA (hybrid conference).

Session organizers: 

Lindsay Young, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

John Schneider, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago


Social networks and the methods used to analyze them have long been the focus of considerable interest among researchers studying the intersections of infectious disease, sexual risk, substance use, and the populations most affected by them like people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use drugs (PWUD), sex workers, and marginalized heterosexual populations. This work has taken on even greater importance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this session, we seek papers that explore the intersections between COVID-19 transmission and vulnerabilities, sexual risk, and substance use and the structure and composition of contact, sexual, and substance-using networks. We aim to feature a wide range of analytic techniques including egocentric network analysis, stochastic network models, and computational models for both cross-sectional and longitudinal data. 

Important information:

The submission deadline is January 24, 2021
The abstract should be no more than 500 words and can include up to one optional figure
The abstract should be submitted to the session titled: “10. Contact, sex, and substance-using networks in the epoch of COVID-19”
The conference website is here:
Feel free to contact session organizer Lindsay Young ( with any questions