Virtual Summer Workshop on Pandemics and Global Health Security
COVID-19 has exposed just how unprepared governments, corporations, and societies are for a global pandemic. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus is only the most recent threat to global health security, it will certainly not be the last. Threats to global health security continue to evolve due to the emergence of new infectious diseases, globalization, advances in science and technology, and the changing nature of conflict.
This summer, the Biodefense Graduate Program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is offering Pandemics and Global Health Security, a three-day virtual, non-credit workshop designed to introduce participants to the challenges facing the world at the intersection of pandemic preparedness and response, public health, national security, and the life sciences. The workshop will feature live, interactive sessions with leading experts in pandemics preparedness and global health security, including Dr. Rick Bright, The Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Nicholas G. Evans, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Dr. Andrew Kilianski, Department of Defense; Dr. Gregory D. Koblentz, George Mason University; Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Dr. Saskia Popescu, George Mason University; Dr. Angela L. Rasmussen, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre; and Jessica Malaty Rivera, COVID Tracking Project.
The workshop is designed for professionals and academics, both domestic and international, in public health, the life sciences, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, international affairs, law enforcement, emergency management, and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to pandemics, bioterrorism, and other threats to global health security. The workshop will be held virtually on July 19-21, 2021. Each day will run from 9am to 12:30pm ET.
Over the course of three days, participants will discuss how the biology and epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 contributed to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned from Operation Warp Speed about the development of medical countermeasures, obstacles to hospital biopreparedness, challenges to science communication during a pandemic, the bioethics of resource allocation during a public health emergency, the role of science and technology in preventing and responding to pandemics, the future of global health security, and the impact of COVID-19 on the proliferation of biological weapons to state and non-state actors.