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Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic: RAMP

Fellows of the Royal Society and people that we fund are contributing to the UK and global effort to tackle Coronavirus COVID-19.

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The Royal Society is currently using its convening power to support efforts to model the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and guide the UK’s response.  The Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) initiative is bringing modelling expertise from a diverse range of disciplines to support the pandemic modelling community already working on Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

An initial call for volunteers led to an overwhelming response with 1800 individuals and teams offering to help. 

RAMP is designed to; provide support for existing research groups; create new models or insights that can be used to inform the work of the Government’s scientific advisors, through data science-based approaches; apply knowledge from related epidemiology domains; and triage incoming literature to ensure effective information flows.

The goal of RAMP is to enhance modelling capacity in time to create a clearer understanding of different exit strategies from the current lockdown. RAMP will operate beside Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE), a multi-disciplinary group, convened by the Royal Society, to support a data-driven approach to learning from the different approaches being taken in other countries to tackle the pandemic.

By bringing in new cross-disciplinary thinking, and by adding to human and computing resources, we hope RAMP will allow more robust and comprehensive predictions than would otherwise be possible. 

29 April 2020Read the latest update from Peter Bruce FRS.

RAMP Steering Committee

  • Mike Cates (Chair) FRS FRSE, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge
  • Graeme Ackland FRSE, Professor of Physics at the University of Edinburgh
  • Mike Batty FRS CBE FBA, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London
  • Chris Bishop FRS, Lab Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge
  • Peter Bruce FRS, Wolfson Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford
  • Julia Gog, Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Cambridge and member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M)
  • Cath Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings at the University of Leeds

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