Open Call for Participation in ISC Regional COVID-19 Online Workshops

Contribute expertise to the ISC COVID-19 Outcomes Scenarios Project by attending one of our regional workshops

The deadline to express interest to participate in the online workshops closed on 3 August 2021.


With the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as observers, the International Science Council (ISC) is conducting the COVID-19 Outcomes Scenarios Project to understand the long-term global consequences and how the pandemic will evolve in the next three to five years.

Preparation [for the long-term] is key. The mindset now is to think: Once we have the vaccines, everything is wonderful. I believe that we will be dealing with COVID-19 for a long time, and crucially we can prepare for many future events because they are foreseeable. That is why I find this project so important, because it can hint to possible long-term scenarios and how to prepare for them.

Prof. Christiane Woopen
Member of the COVID-19 Scenarios Project Oversight Panel, Executive Director of ceres, Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine, Head of the Research Unit Ethics, University of Cologne

The ISC is now inviting its Members and the wider scientific community to suggest individuals (yourself or other experts) to participate in a set of regional online workshops towards the end of July/beginning of August that will help us understand the likely outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. The regional workshops will take place in the following regions:

🟣 South-East Asia (2 August 2021, 8:00 – 9:30 am CEST)
🔵 North America (2 August 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 pm CEST)
🟢 Europe (3 August 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 am CEST)
Western Pacific region (4 August 2021, 8:00 – 9:30 am CEST)
🟠 Africa/MENA region (concluded)
🟡 Latin America/Caribbean (concluded)

At each of the online workshops, participants will explore the most critical vectors of uncertainty, i.e. policy decisions or exogenous events that will influence the evolution and longer-term consequences of the pandemic. In particular, we are seeking experts in the following areas:

  • Public Health/Health
  • Systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology/Microbiology
  • Mental health
  • Behavioural science
  • Social science, especially with expertise in community engagement/science denialism/vaccine hesitancy
  • Gender studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Government/policy-makers
  • Global/regional governance & diplomacy/geostrategic tensions
  • Private sector/pharma strategy
  • Multilateral decision-making
  • International law
  • Demography/Urban health
  • Biodiversity/Climate change

Should you have any question, please contact Inès Hassan.

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