Oxford May Music Festival: A Variety of Pandemics

Professor Sir John Skehel FRS, Crick Institute, London
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist
Iffley Road
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Festival tickets £2-£23 (free to students and young people age 25 or under and concessions for seniors. Festival passes also available.)
Disabled access?
Booking required

By late 2021, the COVID pandemic had become one of the most serious infectious diseases of recent years. Only the influenza pandemic of 1918 and the AIDS pandemic, which has persisted since the early 1980s, have had similar intensities universally. The viruses responsible for the three diseases are distinctly different and the responses of the medical communities have also differed and depended to a large extent on advances in technology. I will describe how these advances have developed since 1918, how they have combined to inform current public health responses and how they might influence medical practice and research in the future.

The festival forms part of the public engagement activities of the Department of Physics at Oxford University.