Communicating COVID 19 – Trials, Challenges and Lessons

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Science and health communication has emerged as a powerful tool during the COVID-19 global crisis by serving as a bridge between researchers and the public to promote science understanding, avoid hazards and navigate risks. The COVID-19 crisis has presented health authorities world-wide with complicated challenges, no easy answers and tough trade-offs with tough decisions about communicating complex issues to diverse audiences.

But more than a year into COVID-19, it’s time to take stock and ask ourselves - what have we learned about the importance of communicating in a global pandemic? And who better to answer this question than world renowned key players in disseminating information worldwide throughout COVID-19.

Join our upcoming webinar at 7.30PM (GMT + 1.00) on 23rd June chaired by RTÉ broadcaster Philip Boucher Hayes and hear from an international panel of leading scientists, pandemic communication experts and journalists as they discuss the challenges, lessons learned and ways forward for pandemic communication.

Our panelists include: 

Jody Lanard - Former World Health Organisation (WHO), Senior Pandemic influenza Communications Advisor, Risk Communications Consultant and co-host of the The Peter M.Sandman Risk Communications website.

Meg Tirrell - CNBC Senior Health & Science Reporter tracking public health emergencies from Ebola to Zika to the COVID-19 pandemic, and co-host of the STAT News podcast - "The Readout LOUD.’

Carl T Bergstrom - Professor of Theoretical and Evolutionary Biology,  University of Washington, Seattle and co-author of a best-selling book on disinformation and misinformation, entitled, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World. 

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz – Epidemiologist at University of Wollongong, Australia, with specialisation in chronic disease research, communicating uncertainty and public health. Meyerowitz-Katz is also a science writer at The Guardian and New York Observer.

Muge Cevik - Clinical Lecturer and Physician specialising in infectious diseases and medical virology. Çevik is an advisor to the WHO and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Scotland on COVID-19, and serves as a member of NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group) - an expert committee of the UK Department of Health. 

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This webinar will take place at 7.30pm-9.30pm (GMT + 1.00) on 23rd June. Early registration is advised as places are limited. 

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Please note this event will be recorded.