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Futures Forum Seminar on Preparedness: 12-13 January 2021

Greetings of the New Year.

We are happy to share with you this invitation from Schmidt Futures and Social Science Research Council to a Futures Forum seminar on Preparedness, 12-13 Jan 2021, which would witness the unveling of two landmark COVID-19 comparative studies.  

ESG is participating in one effort – a 23 country comparative study to learn lessons for the future from COVID-19, a study led by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University.

We welcome you to join this seminar.

Details to register are below.

Debuting a first-of-its-kind, 23-nation comparative study on the COVID-19 response and a Global Health Security Library chronicling 25 years of pandemic preparedness policy
 On January 12-13, 2021, Schmidt Futures invites you to join the Futures Forum on Preparedness to debut the findings of two groundbreaking research projects on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic and construct a global policy agenda to better prepare for and prevent future pandemics.

We will unveil a first-of-its-kind, 23-nation comparative study, supported by the National Science Foundation and undertaken by more than 60 researchers from 27 universities around the world, to determine lessons learned across each nation’s COVID-19 response. 

We also will debut an online, searchable Global Health Security Library with over 1,200 global reports chronicling 25 years of pandemic preparedness policy, the most comprehensive repository of its kind ever built to guide scholars and policymakers as they navigate future pandemics. 

The virtual forum, hosted in partnership with the Social Science Research Council, will bring together health, science, and policy leaders to determine how we can improve public health, build a network to alleviate future health emergencies, and invest in scientific moonshots to revolutionize our countermeasures for COVID-19 as well as future crises. Join a global community of health, science, and policy leaders. Take action on the research findings in your region. Develop your moonshot ideas. Construct a global policy agenda on the future of preparedness. And stay tuned—there’s more to come!


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention 
Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN
Dr. Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
Esther Duflo, Nobel Laureate; Professor of Economics, MIT; Co-director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Dr. Matthew Hepburn, Vaccine Development Lead, Operation Warp Speed
Regina E. Dugan, President and CEO, Wellcome LEAP
Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust
Gayle E. Smith, President and CEO, One Campaign
Harvey Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Chair, National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats
Barbara Bush, Fellow, Schmidt Futures
Jim Yong Kim, Vice Chairman and Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners; former President, World Bank Group
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control        
Philip Zelikow, former Executive Director, 9/11 Commission
Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council; Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
Thomas J. Bollyky, Director, Global Health Program; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Youngmee Jee, Special Representative for Health Diplomacy, Korea Foundation
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Chair of the Board, AAAS and former FDA Commissioner
Eric S. Lander, President and Founding Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Dr. Saad Omer Director, Yale Institute for Global Health; Associate Dean (Global Health Research), Yale School of Medicine
Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University; Chair, Technical Advisory Group, World Health Organization
Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, former Chief Medical Officer, England
Danielle Allen, Professor, Harvard University
Manu Prakash, Stanford Professor of Engineering & Expert, “Frugal Innovation”
Richard Danzig, Senior Advisor, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Jessica Yellin, Founder, NewsNotNoise
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
Stephen Hilgartner, Professor, Cornell University
Wilmot James, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University
Rebecca Katz, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University

As we look ahead to 2021, we must ensure our global strategy to fight COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics is coordinated across countries and disciplines. Join us to unveil these landmark findings and connect with leaders around the world. 

We encourage you to forward this invitation to your networks, and share the event on social media. We hope to see you on January 12-13, 2021!

Eric Braverman

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