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Press Release | Tuesday, 22. June 2021

International Panel discusses the Role of Data in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Data collection and international exchange remain critical to contain the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. In addition to case numbers, reproduction rates, and modeling, topics such as sensitivity and specificity of tests and vaccine efficacy have dominated public debate in recent months. Experts will discuss the importance of data in the current pandemic and how it can help to increase preparedness for international health emergencies in the future at this international virtual panel discussion organized by the Leopoldina. We cordially invite you to this event and would appreciate an announcement of this date in your medium.

Leopoldina International Virtual Panel Discussion
“The Role of Data in the COVID-19 Pandemic“
Thursday, 1 July 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (Berlin/Germany)
Online via Zoom

What are the benefits and limits of data in informing public health responses? By answering these questions, the experts will take into account previous international experiences in collecting, comparing and understanding pandemic data. Debating at the podium are:

  • Simon Cauchemez, PhD, Head of the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris/France
  • Professor Christopher Dye, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford/UK, former Director of Strategy of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Fellow of the Royal Society/UK
  • Professor Dr Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, University of Potsdam, Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin/Germany and Member of the Leopoldina
  • Professor Alessia Melegaro, PhD, Associate Professor of Demography, Director of the Covid Crisis Lab, Bocconi University, Milan/Italy, Member of the Italian Health Ministry’s Technical and Scientific Committee on COVID-19

This panel discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Winkels, Head of Communication and Strategy at Wissenschaft im Dialog.

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With this event, the Leopoldina continues its Leopoldina International Virtual Panel Series. The objective of the virtual panel discussions, organized in cooperation with the Leopoldina's international partners, is to offer a virtual room for the global scientific community to convene and for the interested public to join the dialogue with scientists. Previous topics have been health behavior, vaccination, multimorbidity, mental health, and contact tracing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event is open to all interested parties and will be held in English. Participation is free of charge. Prior registration is required. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a dial-in link for the webinar and a password. When using the Zoom video conferencing system, the privacy policy of the provider applies: https://zoom.us/privacy.

If you, as a journalist, would like to attend this event, please register by email at: presse@leopoldina.org.

About the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on matters relevant to society. To this end, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. In these publications, options for action are outlined; making decisions, however, is the responsibility of democratically legitimized politicians. The experts who prepare the statements work in a voluntary and unbiased manner. The Leopoldina represents the German scientific community in the international academy dialogue. This includes advising the annual summits of Heads of State and Government of the G7 and G20 countries. With 1,600 members from more than 30 countries, the Leopoldina combines expertise from almost all research areas. Founded in 1652, it was appointed the National Academy of Sciences of Germany in 2008. The Leopoldina is committed to the common good.

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Email: international@leopoldina.org

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