23rd April at 12:00 CET, Virtual Seminar

Harnessing Big Data to Monitor and Tackle Pandemics

The EMBL Rome Science & Society Committee invites you to participate in a virtual outreach event on 23rd April 2021, at 12:00 to 13:00 CEST. The event is free and available to all, but will require prior registration.

Ewan Birney will chair a round-table discussion with three expert panellists - Rolf Apweiler, Ilaria Capua and Enrico Bucci. The panellists will each present their vision of how big data can be leveraged to monitor and tackle pandemics, and will then discuss audience questions. Please join us in this interactive session and pose your queries to our expert panellists. We expect to discuss both barriers and solutions to data sharing, as well as the enormous potential of applying big data in the public health sphere; for new variants and future pandemics, as well as other pressing issues in the One Health arena.

This is part of EMBL's "Infectious Disease & Society" multidisciplinary seminar series from the Science & Society Programme. This Programme aims to create a platform for dialogue and debate, allowing EMBL to examine the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSi) of scientific research. With the support of the Science & Society Committees, who act as EMBL’s internal think tank, we run a range of internal and external events, designed to facilitate analysis of, and outreach on scientific issues with a societal relevance.

If you are interested in hearing more about the topics discussed at this session, please sign up for the Science & Society Annual Conference on "One Health: integrating Human, Environmental and Animal Health". This is a free virtual Conference available to all, and will take place online on 3rd December 2021.

Professor Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD,
Director, One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida - USA

Ilaria Capua is full professor and  Director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. She has worked in veterinary virology for over 30 years directing laboratories of international stature and has served as an elected representative in the Italian Parliament for over three years (2013-2016).  She is a regular columnist for the Italian mainstream press and the author of several books.

In her career as a virologist she dedicated most of her professional life to viral infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans and pioneered genetic data sharing to improve pandemic preparedness.She has authored over 220 publications in peer reviewed journals and has published scientific books on Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease and seven books for the general public.

She is now focusing on a novel, broader approach to health known as Circular Health which aims to co–advance the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment by exploiting  the big data environment.

Enrico M. Bucci, PhD

Enrico Bucci graduated summa cum laude in Biology in 1997. After nearly 2 years in Germany (IMB, Jena), he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001. That year, he was appointed full researcher at the IBB (CNR). Form 2006 to 2008, he was head of R&D at the Bioindustry Park del Canavese. In 2014, he left the CNR. 2 years later, he started Resis Srl, a business devoted to the promotion of research integrity in academic and private environments. In June 2016, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Biology and Director of the System Biology program of the Sbarro Health Research Organization in the College of Science and Technology of the Temple University (Philadelphia, US).

As a scientist, Enrico Bucci authored about 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-author of chapters in scientific books and he is author of a book dedicated to scientific fraud, published in September 2015 (second edition in 2020). His work on detecting scientific fraud has been covered by several national and international journals and magazines, including Nature and Science, and has been broadcast by the Italian State TV (RAI) among others.

Prof. Bucci’s current research interests include:

  • Research integrity, scientific fraud detection and analysis;
  • Image Analysis;
  • Network & Systems biology;
  • Biological data mining and analytics;
  • Big Data and social network analytics in the pharmaceutical field.

Enrico Bucci led several research projects, many of which included both academic and industrial partners, in Italy and abroad.

As a recognized international expert in the field of data manipulation and research integrity, Enrico Bucci was involved in several investigations of alleged research misconduct in Italy and abroad, both for Academic and Public Bodies (including the Italian Police, the Hawaii University, the University of Edinburgh, the Italian CNR and others), and he is an advisor for several research institutions, both in Italy and abroad.

Rolf Apweiler,
Director of EMBL-EBI and Senior Scientist

Rolf Apweiler is Director of EMBL-EBI, together with Ewan Birney. Prior to this position he was Joint Associate Director, after many years of leading protein resources such as UniProt and InterPro. Rolf has made a major contribution to methods for the automatic annotation of proteins, making it possible to add relevant information to proteome sets for entire organisms. He has spearheaded the development of standards for proteomics data, and his teams have maintained major collections of protein identifications from proteomics experiments (PRIDE) and molecular interactions (IntAct). He also led EMBL-EBI’s contribution to the Gene Ontology, was Director of Open Targets, and is now leading the efforts of EMBL-EBI around the European COVID-19 Data Platform.

Rolf received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 1994, and has been at EMBL since 1987. His major contribution to the field of proteomics was recognised by the the Human Proteomics Organisation’s “Distinguished Achievement Award in Proteomics” in 2004 and his election to President of the Human Proteomics Organisation, which he held in 2007 and 2008. In 2012, he was elected as a member of EMBO and in 2015 he was elected to an ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) fellow. Rolf also served over many years on a multitude of Editorial Boards and Scientific Advisory Boards.