Global attention on pandemics has been brought to the forefront as we are currently in the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which swept across the globe at the start of 2020, rapidly spreading to five continents, with over 18 million cases and rising. Pandemics have decimated human populations over the ages, ranging from the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, their causal agents primarily being viruses and bacteria. As technology has enabled a rapid exponential expansion of humans populations and global movement, the potential for global pandemics is increasing in parallel. Therefore, it is pressing that we have systems in place to protect populations from any future outbreaks that have the capacity to become pandemic. Can we learn from past pandemics to prevent the spread of infectious agents? What technologies will we need to protect ourselves? This webinar will discuss the past, present and predicted future pandemics and address the factors involved in disease emergence and epidemiology and the technologies required to prevent or halt the spread of a pandemic.
Wednesday, December 16th 2020
18:00 – 20:00 (BST)