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Imperial Q&A: Modelling COVID-19

Imperial Q&A: Modelling COVID-19


Join Imperial College London’s COVID-19 Response Team researchers as they answer your questions and take you behind the scenes of modelling COVID-19.

  • Wednesday 24th June 2020 17:15
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Since the start of the new coronavirus outbreak, our researchers have been working hard to understand the epidemic. From research on the spread of the virus and number of people infected to the impact of measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease, the task is huge.

Scientists from around the world are working together to better understand the virus and its spread. Epidemiologists, immunologists, virologists, phylogeneticists and healthcare professionals are all working at lightning speed on different bits of the puzzle. How do we bring it all together to understand what we’re dealing with and what we should do about it? Mathematical modelling helps to understand patterns in data and inform the outbreak response. 

But how does it work? How has our understanding of COVID-19 developed? How are we using what we’ve found to inform big decisions 

Dr Katy Gaythorpe, Dr Juliette Unwin and Dr Lilith Wittles will be answering your questions about our research and how their work has changed since the outbreak started. This is also an opportunity for them to understand your thoughts on their work.

How does the Q&A work?

  • It’s free, online and everyone is welcome – you don’t need to know anything about the topic to take part.
  • We’ll start with some introductions and a bit of background on what our researchers are working on before moving quickly into answering your questions. We will take questions through the event ‘chat’. 
  • You can ask as many questions as you like and we will get through as many as possible. 

When and where?

Wednesday, 24 June 2020
17.15 - 18.00 BST

Free online event.

No registration required - simply click the Green button to access the event page and drop-in via the livestream link on the day.

Q&A: Modelling COVID-19

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Who are the speakers?

  • Dr Juliette Unwin’s research finds new ways to analyse outbreaks to help inform policy makers in real time.  She’s currently looking at real time modelling of transmission rates (Rt) across Europe and the USA.
  • Dr Lilith Whittles is an infectious disease modeller with a background in mathematics and statistics. She is particularly interested in the spread and control of disease-causing bacteria.
  • Dr Katy Gaythorpe’s research uses mathematical modelling to understand whether interventions have impact

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24th June 2020

I spent almost 40 minutes trying to log onto the Livestream and the Events Link Eventually had to download Microsoft Teams App onto my Computer with no success after all that...Really disappointed. The Livestream didn't work for me. I hope others had better luck than me.

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3rd July 2020

Dear Clement, I'm so sorry you still weren't able to join the livestream. You definitely weren't the only one who experienced issues. The team have reviewed their processes and will be livestreaming straight to YouTube next time. As you missed this one though, you can now watch the full session here: but I will also try to embed the video into this opportunity too. Best VOICE at Imperial



24th June 2020

Hi This particular Virus has been known for over 6 months ans yesterday the Goverments Scientific adviser stated that we know very little about it. Surely there are Traits common to all Viruses outside and inside the body. And there are traits specific to this particular Covid-19 virus inside and outside the body.