Event Information

17 November 2020 - 14:00


Multi-disciplinary approaches to the pandemic

Scotland House Brussels, University of St Andrews, Universit├Ąt Bonn

Scotland House Brussels and the University of St Andrews are delighted to invite you to our upcoming event, an expert panel session with the University of St Andrews, and Universität Bonn, taking place Tuesday, November 17, from 14:00-15:30 CET, via the Webex platform.

In the wake of the ongoing global pandemic, the vital role that universities play in dynamically and innovatively responding to national and international crises has been emphasised. The expert panel will explore multi-disciplinary approaches to the pandemic and offer a unique insight into regional and national responses to the pandemic in both the UK, and Germany, as well as look toward future impacts and challenges for Europe. 

Our expert speakers include -

  • Professor Sir Ian Boyd, St Andrews, was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment. He is currently the Chairman of the UK Research Integrity Office and has been a member of the SAGE committee during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Prof. Dr. Moritz Kuhn, Bonn, is a professor of economics and member of the research cluster ECONtribute. He is also Research Fellow at IZA and CESIfo, Research Affiliate at CEPR, and member of the scientific advisory council of the Institute for Employment Research. His research focuses on macroeconomics, labour markets, and inequality.
  • Professor Cornelia Richter, Bonn, who is Dean of the Faculty for Protestant Theology and leader of a Germany-wide research group on “Resilience in Religion and Spirituality”. Cornelia is known for her interdisciplinary work bridging theology and medicine; and she is currently heading a research project on Resilience and COVID-19.
  • Professor Garry Taylor, St Andrews, is the founding Director of university spin-out company, Pneumagen. Having been a professor at St Andrews since 1999, he has held numerous positions at the university, including Director of Centre for Biomolecular Sciences and Deputy Principal and Master of the United College. His research is focused on the discovery of novel pharmaceuticals. 

Simona Guagliardo, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, will give some policy reflections as part of the session. As part of her work with the EPC, she works in the Social Europe and Well-being Programme and focuses on EU social and health policies. She researches cooperation in health, the impact of digitalisation on health and the sustainability of EU health systems. 

The event will be moderated by Catherine Stihler, OBE, who is Chief Executive of Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation and international network dedicated to education access, and was previously a Member of the European Parliament, representing Scotland. 

Registration is available here.