‘Building Back Better’ addressed at public online events

18 January 2021

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From Thursday 21st January, the Oxford Martin School will restart its series of events discussing how the world can ‘Build Back Better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring leading academics and thinkers from Oxford University and beyond, the events look at the varied impacts of the virus and how we can ensure that the world learns the right lessons from the pandemic and that we seize the opportunities that it presents. The first talks announced in this series cover topics as varied as antibiotic resistance, the politics of individualism and avoiding the resurgence of harmful emissions.

Confirmed speakers in the series ‘Building back better - lessons and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic’ include:

  • Professor Lord (Martin) Rees of Ludlow, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and the UK's Astronomer Royal
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance and Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge and former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Adviser to the UK government
  • Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at and former Director of The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and former Director of Research Development at the World Bank
  • Professor Chris Dye, Visiting Fellow to Oxford University’s Department of Zoology and former Director of Strategy at the World Health Organization

In the first event on Thursday 21st January 5 pm, Prof Sir Andy Haines and Prof Chris Dye will discuss ‘Building back healthier: climate change, health and the recovery from Covid-19’. Anyone can register for free to join talk at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/building-back-healthier.

Details of the series, which includes recordings of previous discussions with Nobel Prize winner Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Sir Tim-Berners Lee and others, and will continue to be updated as more speakers are confirmed, is available at https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/event-series/building-back-better/.