Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic

Event Series

06 July 2020, 5:00pm 03 December 2020 - 6:00pm

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As COVID-19 affects every aspect of our lives across the world, what does the future hold? What changes will this experience bring to the way we work, study and play, the way we organise our cities and our economies, the way we use technology and our relationship with the natural world.

We will host a series of events to look at the varied impacts of the virus and explore how we can ensure that the world learns the right lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that we seize the opportunities that it does present to build back better.

To watch the videos from the past talks in the series:

In this series:

06 July 2020
Prof Phil Howard & Nicola Aitken in conversation: "Lie machines: misinformation in a Post-COVID world"

13 July 2020
Prof Chris Dye & Prof David Heymann in conversation: "Preventing and controlling pandemics: from SARS to COVID-19"

15 July 2020
Prof Joseph Stiglitz & Prof Ian Goldin in conversation: "Policies for the post-COVID world"

21 July 2020
Prof Colin Mayer, Sir Paul Collier & Prof Cameron Hepburn in conversation: "Reforming the UK financial system to promote regional development in post-COVID Britain"

17 September 2020
Prof Benno Ndulu, Prof Stefan Dercon & Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira in conversation: “COVID-19 in Africa: crisis and opportunity?”

22 September 2020
Prof E.J. Milner-Gulland & Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Resetting our relationship with nature in a post-COVID world"

13 October 2020
CANCELLED Prof Mariana Mazzucato & Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "The big failure of small government: COVID-19 and public sector capacity"

05 November 2020
Prof Chas Bountra and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Healthcare after the COVID-19 pandemic: the walls are coming down”

12 November 2020
Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Jennie Middleton in Conversation, chaired by Prof Jim Hall: "Re-imagining urban mobility after COVID-19"

19 November 2020
Prof Susan Jebb and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Rethinking diet, weight and health policy in and after the COVID-19 pandemic"

26 November 2020
Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in conversation: "The Web, internet and data during the pandemic: lessons learnt and new directions"

30 November 2020
Prof Christophe Fraser & Prof Oliver Pybus in conversation: "21st century technologies for tackling 21st century pandemics”

03 December 2020
Prof Julian Savulescu and Dr Samantha Vanderslott in conversation: "Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination: the arguments for and against"

21 January 2021
Prof Sir Andy Haines and Prof Chris Dye in Conversation: "Building back healthier: climate change, health and the recovery from Covid-19"

28 January 2021
Lord Martin Rees and Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: “Thinking again about the future and prospects for humanity”

04 February 2021
Prof Sir Paul Collier, John Kay & Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: "Greed is dead: politics after individualism"

11 February 2021
Prof Dame Sally Davies and Prof Chris Dye in conversation: "The challenge of anti-microbial resistance"

18 February 2021
Fiona Fox, Tom Feilden & Prof Sir Charles Godfray in conversation: “Science communication in times of emergency”

25 February 2021
Sir John Armitt & Prof Jim Hall in conversation: "National infrastructure for the recovery and the long term"

04 March 2021
CANCELLED: Vittorio Colao & Prof Cameron Hepburn in conversation: "Pandemics 101: Digital technologies, human values and building back better"

11 March 2021
Sadie Creese, Jamie Saunders & Charles Godfray in conversation: "Emerging technology and systemic risk – maintaining a secure and resilient digital infrastructure as we build back better"