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The Institute for Global Pandemic Planning: Developing a Warwick response to COVID-19

Friday 17 July 2020, 12:30 – 13:30 (UK time)

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About the Event

What happens next? From exit strategies to local lockdowns, how our research is informing public health interventions.

As communities around the globe exit from the coronavirus lockdown, you can learn more about how Warwick academics are informing the debate on the exit strategy, by attending our second alumni webinar on The Institute for Global Pandemic Planning, on Friday 17 July.

During this session the Provost, Professor Christine Ennew, will be joined by Dr Mike Tildesley - a member of the SPI-M group, the epidemiological modelling arm of the government’s influential SAGE committee and Warwick’s Zeeman Institute, - with Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, an expert in Public Health from Warwick Medical School.

Along with responding to your questions, they will discuss Mike’s role in developing the workplace model as part of the UK government’s exit strategy and Oyinlola’s expertise on the role of individual choice and the responsibility of government in shaping public health interventions to support those communities most at-risk from the virus.

If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register here. To join the event live please use this link.


Professor Christine Ennew supports the Vice-Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She has a particular interest in the nature, growth and development of international higher education.


Dr Oyinlola Oyebode

Dr Oyinlola Oyebode
Public Health Department, Warwick Medical School
Dr Oyinlola Oyebode did Natural Sciences as a first degree and completed a Neuroscience PhD before her move into Public Health. At Warwick Medical School she does epidemiological and public health research, focused on chronic disease risk-factors (nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol), and investigates the use of research evidence in public health policy and practice. Dr Oyebode will speak on the role of public health research and ethics in informing which interventions should be taken to support those communities most at risk as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Mike Tildesley

Dr Mike Tildesley
Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Unit, The Zeeman Institute
Dr Mike Tildesley completed his undergraduate and PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge in 2003, before embarking upon a research career in infectious disease modelling. He joined Warwick’s Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER), which specialises in bringing sophisticated mathematics to challenges in biological sciences, in 2016. Mike has been extensively cited across national media platforms, including the BBC, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is a member of the SPI-M group, the epidemiological modelling arm of the government’s influential SAGE committee. Mike is currently involved in modelling various exit strategies to inform government thinking, including the workplace model, along with the regular review of the R-rate and providing evidence for the impact of local lockdowns.