"Transdisciplinary responses to a global crisis"
An overview of transdisciplinary responses to a global crisis
It is beyond doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic made much of the world end up in crisis. Attempting to get beyond the crisis in a fair, equitable and responsible way, a large set of types of knowledge and value articulations are required. Disciplinary approaches do not suffice to deal with them. There are no magic bullets (“the” vaccine!). In this series of Webinars, researchers from the Athena Institute and colleagues explore collective ways to unravel this global crisis using a transdisciplinary approach.
Hosted by prof. dr. Jacqueline Broerse
What is mine is yours. Accelerating R&D responses during outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases
Thursday 28 May 10:00 - 11:30
Effective and timely innovation of vaccines, diagnostics, and antivirals to respond to outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases is dependent on the efficient collaboration between scientists, governments, and companies. Such collaboration is not always self-evident, however. What can we learn from earlier outbreaks on innovation barriers and approaches to remedy them? And what role can technology play in facilitating this?
Hosted by dr. Linda van de Burgwal and prof. dr. Eric Claassen
Which crisis? Whose evidence? Robust and inclusive evidence for rapid outbreak guidance
Friday 5 June 13:00 - 14:30
The speed at which guidance needs to be produced during the COVID-19 outbreak poses a huge challenge to guidance producing bodies around the globe. How to appraise and include wide ranging types of knowledge to come to robust guidance in the absence of frequentist (RCT-based) evidence? How to do so without resorting to expert opinion without empirical checks-and-balances? And how to balance harms, benefits and efficiencies, especially when already marginalized communities risk paying the highest price?
This is a shared initiative of the Athena Institute and the Appraising and Including Different Knowledge (AID Knowledge) working group of the Guidelines-International-Network.
Contributors to the conversation: Frode Forland, Specialist Director Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and former GIN Trustee, Sietse Wieringa, Guidelines researcher at University of Oxford, COVID-19 ward medical professional in London, member of AID Knowledge, Tomris Cesuroglu, lecturer of Global Health Systems at Athena Institute, involved in COVID-19 guidance production in Turkey. Reflections by: Fergus Macbeth, former Director of Guidelines, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK, former GIN Trustee