How to understand a pandemic


Update: The recording of this event can be watched here.

Barely talked about in public before COVID-19 changed the world, epidemiological modelling now informs public health decisions that affect people and communities.

But what is it and how does it work? There are many types of models and each has a specific role in predicting trends.

This Thursday, 17 December, in the first in a new series of regular Cosmos Briefings, we will look behind the science that informs intervention policy.

Lead Scientist for the Royal Institution of Australia, Professor Alan Duffy, will talk in depth with physician Professor Jodie McVernon and epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely.

To join us for the 45-minute session, beginning 3pm AEDT, please register here.

McVernon is Director of Doherty Epidemiology. She uses mathematical and computational models to help understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases and optimal intervention practices, and has been prominent in Australia’s response to COVID-19.

Blakely is Director of the Population Interventions Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He uses simulation models to estimate the gains and costs of public health interventions.

They’ll give you the full story.

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