Science & Society Seminars: in-person and virtual seminars

Our Science & Society Seminars take place either online, or in-person across different EMBL sites. These talks create a platform for dialogue and debate, allowing EMBL to examine the ethical, legal, and social implications of scientific research.

Upcoming seminars

Monday, 26 October 2020 at 15:00, Virtual Seminar
Responsibility and Accountability in Science
Heather Douglas, Michigan State University
REGISTER for the seminar here

Friday, 26 February 2021 at 14:00 in the Salle des séminaires IBS, Grenoble
Challenging the Misrepresentation of Science and Evidence in Public Life
Tracey Brown OBE, Sense About Science

Friday, 16 April 2021 at 13:00 in room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
Zehra Sayers, Sabanci Universitesi

Infectious Disease and Society: virtual seminar series

This special seminar series focuses on the theme of “Infectious Disease and Society”, and seeks to explore the scientific and societal impact of infectious diseases. This examines not only the COVID-19 pandemic from a number of angles, but also other infectious diseases such as salmonella and malaria.

As the Science & Society Programme has explored the issue of infectious diseases many times over the years, we are re-releasing a select number of related talks from our archive. We will also complement these previous talks with a series of new virtual lectures, reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Selected talks from the archive

The links below will transfer you to our Mediasite catalogue, where you are able to re-visit these talks in your own time.

Salmonella & Society
Olivia Steele-Mortimer, Deputy Chief of Laboratory of Bacteriology, Chief of Salmonella-Host Cell Interactions Section, NIH Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Claire Standley International frameworks for infectious disease control: past, present, and future
Claire Standley, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Global Health Science & Security, Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown University
Christina Warinner
Prof. Dr. Christina Warinner, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany
Friedrich Frischknecht Why have we not been able to eradicate Malaria
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht, Department of Parasitology, Hygiene Institute, Heidelberg University School of Medicine
Jennifer Gardy The open source outbreak: how can data prevent the next pandemic?
Jennifer Gardy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data and Epidemiology
(formerly of  BC Centre for Disease Control, and the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics)
Kanta Subbarao 1918 to 2018: a hundred years of influenza pandemics
Prof. Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Doherty Institute

Upcoming Infectious Disease & Society talks

These new virtual lectures require registration, and are limited to 300 live participants. After the event has taken place, the talks will be added to our Mediasite catalogue, and can be accessed at any time.

11th December at 11:00
Livestock, the Global Environment, and COVID-19: a reflection on Livestock Systems before and after the Pandemic
Alessandra Falcucci, Lead Geographic Information Systems analyst, Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM), Food & Agricultural Organisation of the UN
REGISTER for the seminar here