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Science and technology can help re-build a society that is more resilient to future shocks like COVID-19.

A resilient society plans to accommodate rapid and possibly sudden changes. The Forum is mobilising Imperial research to support policymaking that will help the UK build a more resilient society after the pandemic, from new technologies and strategies to improve health services and support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, to stable and robust infrastructures that underpin the delivery of services. 

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  • In response to the government’s call for evidence on the Women’s Health Strategy, Imperial College London and The George Institute both made submissions into the strategy with a number of recommendations. The government has since released its response to the Call to Evidence. You can read the Imperial submission ICL UK Gov Women's Health Strategy‌‌ and The George Institutes submission here.

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Discover our past Health and Resilience events

How should scientists inform policy making in a crisis? (Roundtable) - May 2021

The Forum and the Institute for Government hosted a private roundtable that brought together scientists from inside and outside government – and those with experience of advising governments in the UK and other countries – to reflect on the lessons they would draw about how to engage with policy making during crises. Imperial's Professor Helen Ward, Professor of Public Health and Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine joined other academics, scientific advisers and officials to discuss how scientists can best support policymaking in crises.  

Science after coronavirus (panel discussion) - March 2021

The Forum and the Institute for Government co-hosted a panel event on 'Science after coronavirus', featuring panellists Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial, Dr Rupert Lewis, Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society, and Dr Beth Thompson, Head of Policy and Advocacy – UK and EU at the Wellcome Trust. The experts emphasised the value of international collaborative science and the need for its long-term financial security. Read more.

How to build on the vaccine rollout (panel discussion) - March 2021

At a panel event jointly organised by The Forum and the Institute for Government, Imperial's Professor Robin Shattock joined George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk and former Minister for Life Sciences, Tom Chivers, author and Science Editor at Unherd and Dr Rebecca Fisher, GP and Senior Policy Fellow at The Health Foundation. Professor Shattock, who leads Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine team, said the UK must invest more in RNA technology to avoid losing ground in what he called a 'potential revolution'. Read more.

Smarter regulation of data-driven technologies for healthcare (hackathon) - July 2020

How we can bring more data-driven innovations into healthcare was the focus of a policy hackathon organised by The Forum and the think tank ReformImperial AI academics joined a leading group of experts including healthcare regulators, statutory bodies, NHS leaders and senior policymakers to debate and discuss factors that stifle innovation and how they can be addressed. Three Imperial academics joined the discussions: Professor Rafael Calvo, Chair in Design Engineering, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Professor Aldo Faisal, Professor of AI, Departments of Bioengineering and Computing, and Professor Anthony Gordon, Chair in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Department of Surgery & Cancer. Read more about the hackathon.

Vaccines (workshop) - February 2019

Vaccines was the topic of our February workshop. Imperial researchers discussed a range of research, including: increasing vaccine coverage in developing countries; accelerating vaccine development manufacture; the Imperial Network for Vaccine Research; HIV vaccine research and development; and bahvioural drivers behind peoples' decision-making use before and during pandemics and epidemics. Attendees were welcomed to the College from a number of departments and institutions: Department for International Development, Innovate UK, Results UK, GO-Science, Save the Children and Department of Health and Social Care.