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A conference bringing together scientists and policymakers to discuss modelling the COVID-19 pandemic


Join the Royal Society, RAMP, the Isaac Newton Institute and the wider modelling community as we reflect on the scientific and policy implications of modelling work done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and celebrate the role of early career researchers in that response.

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Modelling played a key role in understanding the scientific evidence surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as informing policy decisions. The Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) initiative drew on a diverse range of disciplines to support that modelling work.  Through this and other initiatives, but particularly through the hard work of many early career researchers who served at the forefront of the national effort, our modelling capabilities have undergone rapid expansion, and great scientific progress has been made.

Structure of the workshop

This all-day event, held at the Royal Society, will bring together the wide community of modelling scientists involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response to celebrate their contributions. The first part of the day will consist of a series of talks by early career researchers across modelling disciplines relevant to the pandemic response, which include not only epidemic modelling but also work on air-flow, human behaviour and other topics. Early career researchers will also be invited to present at a poster session accompanied by (pre-recorded) flash-talks.  

This will be followed by a policy-focused panel discussion that will explore the lessons from the pandemic for how the scientific community can respond to future emergencies. 

In the evening, there will be a series of public talks from invited speakers which will provide an overview on epidemiological modelling, the factors that influence virus transmission and the path between science and policy. Details for the public talks can be found on the 'Lessons from modelling the pandemic' Royal Society page'. The evening talks will be livestreamed on the Royal Society website for those who cannot attend in person.

Contributed talks and poster session

This event will feature contributed talks, flash talks and a poster session, which will be selected by the organisers of the meeting. If you are interested in submitting a contributed talk or poster for consideration, please include an abstract (max. 400 words) with a title and list of authors submitted through the Eventbrite registration page by 20 May 2022.

Attendee information

  • This is a hybrid event
  • This event will take place on 13 June at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Participants can register to attend in person or online
  • The event is free to join. Advance registration is essential due to capacity restrictions
  • Subtitles will be available on the recordings
  • If after registering you are not able to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible so others can attend

Submission information

  • At registration, ECRs will be invited to submit a poster, pre-recorded flash talk and/or full oral presentation abstract (max. 400 words)
  • The poster session is in-person only. ECRs attending online can nonetheless submit an abstract for a flash-talk and/or full oral presentation
  • Abstracts should be submitted by 20 May 2022. We will respond with acceptance decisions by 27 May
  • We are flexible about the definition of ECRs but roughly speaking this means people who did not have a permanent academic or equivalent post before the pandemic began

For enquiries, contact the workshop team. Email: and

This event is funded through a grant to RAMP from UKRI, grant number EP/V053507/1.

Event programme (updated 8 June 2022)

Download the conference schedule (PDF).

Daytime session

 9.30-10.10  Registration and refreshments
 10.10 - 10.20 Welcome remarks by Professor Peter Bruce FRS and Professor Mike Cates FRS
 10.30 - 12.35

Session 1 - ECR Showcase 
Chair: Dr Ellen Brooks Pollock (University of Bristol)

 12.35 - 13.15 Lunch 
 13.15 - 14.45 Session 2 - ECR Showcase
Chair: Dr Robin Thompson (University of Warwick)
 14.45 - 15.15 Session 3 - ECR Flash talks
 15.15 - 15.45 Refreshments 
 15.45 - 17.30

Session 4 - Policy focus session: How the scientific community responds to emergencies -- lessons from the pandemic
Chair: Sir Patrick Vallance FMedSci FRS, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession, and National Technology Adviser

5 minute presentations followed by discussion with panelists:
Professor John Aston, Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life, University of Cambridge
Fliss Bennée, Deputy Director, Technology and Digital at Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
Professor Mike Cates, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge and Chair of the RAMP Committee
Professor Oliver Johnson, Professor of Information Theory at the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol
Dr Libby Richards, Senior Scientist and Analyst, Department for Health and Social Care
Professor Steven Riley, Director General for Data, Analytics and Surveillance at UKHSA 

 17.30 - 19.00 Poster exhibition with finger buffet and refreshments

Evening session

19.30 - 21.00 

 Lessons for modelling the pandemic
Chair: Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at Health and Safety Executive

30-minute talks:
Making sense of pandemic dynamics – Professor Adam Kucharski (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Environmental factors in virus transmission - Professor Chris Budd OBE (University of Bath)
The path from science to policy – Dr Louise Dyson (University of Warwick)

 21.00 - 21.30 Panel discussion
 21.30 End 

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