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Committee to hear from experts in virtual session

6 May 2020

The Science and Technology Committee is holding its sixth evidence session as part of its UK science, research and technology capability and influence in global disease outbreaks inquiry. 

Purpose of the session

This session will comprise of two panels, the first focussing on metrics for managing the pandemic, including the significance of the ‘R' value, the effect of different social distancing measures on ‘R' and the extent to which the introduction of a contact tracing app could help to ease social distancing measures, as well as how data might help scientists to understand high death rates in certain populations in the UK. The second panel will concentrate on international comparisons, including how differences in recording and population might contribute to variations in international death rates .


Thursday 7th May

At 2.30pm

Panel One: 

  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician
  • Professor John Edmunds OBE, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

At 3.30pm

Panel Two:

  • Professor David Peters, Chair of the Department of International Health, John Hopkins University
  • Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge

Further information

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