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The Institute for Global Pandemic Planning: Developing a Warwick Response to Covid-19

Thursday 18 June 2020, 12:30 – 13:30

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About the Event [webinar]

As the world continues to reel from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the experience so far demonstrates governments everywhere need access to interdisciplinary research expertise, particularly from academic thinkers.

During this unique webinar, chaired by the University of Warwick’s Provost, Professor Christine Ennew, you will hear from two of the University's leading researchers in Behavioural Science and Public Health, who will discuss the global response to Covid-19, the many lessons learnt, and how Warwick is best placed to lead a new research institute focused on preparing the world for future pandemics.

The University of Warwick’s proposed Institute for Global Pandemic Planning aims to combine world-class expertise in Mathematical Epidemiology, Global Public Health and Behavioural Science to develop comprehensive solutions for leaders around the world in response to pandemic risk.

These disciplines are crucial to shaping an effective response that instils confidence and informs policy.


Professor Chris EnnewProfessor Christine Ennew
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.


Professor Nick Chater

Professor Nick Chater

Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School Professor

Nick Chater works on the cognitive and behavioural sciences, especially reasoning, decision making and language. He applies his experimental, computational and mathematical studies to public policy and the private sector. He has published more than 250 papers, and has won four national awards for psychological research. He has served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Science, Psychological Review and Psychological Science, was elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2010 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. He is also on the advisory board of the Cabinet's Office's Behavioural Insight Team (BIT), popularly known as the 'Nudge Unit'.

Professor Noel McCarthyProfessor Noel McCarthy

Professor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control, Warwick Medical School

Based in Warwick Medical School, Professor Noel McCarthy leads the Populations, Evidence and Technologies Group, which includes the Communicable Disease Control, Evidence and Epidemiology research group (CDCE2). This is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Public Health England and Health Education England. He originally trained in medicine, statistics, and public health epidemiology, and his research is rooted in integrating bacterial population genetics into the public health epidemiology of human infectious disease. McCarthy has published extensively, and his wider work focuses on developing and applying quantitative and novel research methods to practical public health problems. His work has been cited in response to the government’s containment of Covid-19, particularly within the care home population of the UK.