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- History, Emergence, Re-emergence
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Vaccinations - new advances & misconceptions
- Public health - poor diseases - inequalities
- Pandemics and bioterrorism: dual use issues
An astronomical number of microorganisms live in and on our bodies. They are normally harmless or even helpful, but some invasive organisms cause disease, can spread from person to person, and can result in full-blown epidemics. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that penetrate the body’s natural barriers and multiply to produce effects/illnesses that can range from mild to deadly. Although progress has been made to eradicate or control many infectious diseases, humankind is constantly vulnerable to a wide array of both resurgent and new microorganisms.
The main aim of Science and Society meetings is to present important areas of life science research in a manner accessible to all, and to promote reflection on their implications. At the same time, they should facilitate a broad dialogue between biologists, behavioral and social scientists, students of all disciplines, and members of the public.
Who should attend?
Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting is open to the public.