Living with the pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 is one the biggest challenges the global community has faced, and our research teams have a key role to play in the fight against it, to reflect on its impact on all aspects of our lives and to learn lessons from it and from past pandemics.

Living with the Pandemic: A new academic panel discussion series

The Institute for Global Innovation (IGI), would be delighted if colleagues and friends were able to join us for the second in a series of events ‘Living with the Pandemic’ where we will bring together panels of our experts who will give a short talk on their research and perspectives on different aspects of living with the pandemic, followed by a chance to ask the panel questions.

Easing the lockdown

Wednesday 3 June 12:00-13:00 BST

Panel convened by Professor Hisham Mehanna:
Professor John Bryson, Social Distancing: People are the problem 
Professor Heather Widdows, Ethical and privacy implications of the COVID Symptom Tracker App
Professor Willem van Schaik, Lessons learned from those countries ahead of the UK

If you would like to join our webinar via Zoom, please register. The event will also be running live on the University of Birmingham’s Facebook page.

If you have any questions about this, future events or the work of The Institute for Global Innovation, please contact Sue Gilligan (

Dates and times for future events will be announced shortly with topics including:

  • The new normal; doing things differently
  • Commuting and COVID-19 pandemic
  • The politics and economics of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The past and the future of pandemics
  • Societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic