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The year that changed the world

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world, Imperial research drove forward our understanding of the virus. We developed advanced technologies for rapid testing, trialled new vaccines, built low-cost ventilators and deployed 280 final year medical students to volunteer on the frontlines – amongst many other things.

Looking back, we explore what has changed, what the world has learned, and how our community rose to the occasion to take on the virus.

COVID-19: Lessons from the year that changes the world

Learning from a pandemic 

Throughout the pandemic, we also maintained our high-quality teaching remotely for students who could no longer join us on campus, from organising virtual field trips to developing our new mailable Lab in a Box which meant practical work could continue around the world. 

Find out more about our virtual learning in response to COVID-19 and how Imperial staff and students reshaped our education for a post-pandemic world.

Imperial COVID-19 Lockdown Lessons

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Find out how scientists at Imperial College have rapidly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy a series of webinars about exciting topics such as:

  • Increasing our understanding of how the virus causes disease and spreads
  • Creating innovative technologies for rapid testing, vaccine development and low cost ventilators
  • Delivering the best in clinical care on the frontline in hospitals

Discover Imperial COVID-19 Lockdown Lessons