Pearce delivers two lectures on UK team’s findings

Warren Pearce presented the UK teams chapter for the forthcoming CompCoRe edited volume, Socially-Distanced Science, first at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham on February 9 and then at the 3S Group (Science, Society & Sustainability), University of East Anglia on May 25. The chapter examines the imagined public within the UK’s scientific advice system to explain why the UK was one of the worst performers during the public health in terms of public health outcomes even though it was considered one of the most prepared nations for a pandemic before Covid-19.

Wilsdon invited to Independent SAGE meeting

UK Team’s James Wilsdon, a critic of UK’s Independent SAGE, was invited to the group’s briefing on May 6 as a guest. Wilsdon’s talk focused on the role of humility and openness in UK’s systemic advice system, asking why past lessons were forgotten. You can watch Wilsdon’s remarks here.

Monteiro participates in INCEPTION Symposium at Institut Pasteur, Paris

Brazil team’s Marko Monteiro made a presentation, titled Health technologies and pandemics: building resilient governance, at the INCEPTION Symposium – Social Sciences and Biology for Understanding Emerging Diseases, organized by Institut Pasteur, Paris on November 25-26, 2021. Monteiro’s talk was based on his co-authored book chapter, “Global Health and Planetary Health,” which proposes principles for global governance of emerging bio risks and ways to increase resilience to withstand future risks. This work is a product of the cooperation around the Global Technology Assessment network.

Monteiro presents findings at the Brazilian Association for Research in Social Science Annual Meeting

Marko Monteiro participated in a roundtable on the politics of responding to Covid 19 in Brazil, sanitary democracy and the right to health at at 2021 Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Research in Social Science (ANPOCS). The event was organized between October 19 and 27, 2021, and Monteiro’s paper, Covid 19 in Brazil: Controversies and the politics of expertise, explored the politics of expertise in Brazil in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

CompCoRe at 4S

CompCoRe participants organized four panels at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual meeting. Sheila Jasanoff launched the first panel, Fractured Consensus, with introductory remarks, and the German, South Korean, and Singaporean teams presented their work on the challenges their respective governments faced in producing consensus on Covid response. The second panel, Experts and Democracy, examined the controversies around expert authority and knowledge in France, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Australia. The third and fourth panels, in contrast, analyzed the role of publics and public health technologies in the production of such controversies in Austria, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, and the US. The panel series was concluded by Stephen Hilgartner’s remarks.

CompCoRe findings presented to Schmidt Futures Forum on Preparedness

Following a keynote speech by the WHO Director-General, Sheila Jasanoff and Stephen Hilgartner led off the event with a presentation of the CompCoRe Interim Report to key policy makers, leading academics and thought leaders, and thousands who tuned in. The talk framed the conversation for the Forum’s first day. A distinguished interdisciplinary panel reacted enthusiastically to their presentation.
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