Science advice in time of crisis: the case of Covid

April 28, 2022 from 11:50 to 12:35

Speaker: Patrick Vallance • Andrea Ammon • Tina Comes • Stephen Quest

What lessons can we learn from national and international experiences of science advice during the Covid pandemic? How well did our pre-existing science advice structures stand up to the pressures of the emerging crisis, and which innovations will be worth keeping around as the crisis subsides?


Patrick Vallance

Professor Sir Patrick Vallance is the UK’s Government Chief Scientific Advisor. As a clinician and pharmacologist, he was formerly Head of R&D at GSK, Professor of Medicine at University College London, and Registrar for the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK. Sir Patrick’s personal research was in the field of vascular biology.

Andrea Ammon

Dr Andrea Ammon is the Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. She previously advised the German government on infectious diseases, coordinating emergency planning for disease outbreaks.

Tina Comes

Professor Tina Comes is an expert in risk management, disaster resilience and preparedness, focusing on the role of information in ill-defined and urgent problems. She is a professor of decision-making and digitalisation at TU Delft.

Stephen Quest

Stephen Quest is the director-general of the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service. He has also held senior positions in the Commission departments for taxation and customs union, budget, and environment.