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2nd SE–NSFC Scientists' Networking Workshop on COVID-19

Social consequences, social behaviours, and the impact on care systems and society at large

04 Mar. 2021

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019 and early 2020, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) contacted many of Science Europe's members, proposing to organise networking events between Chinese and European scientists. Science Europe's High-level Policy Network on Cross-border Collaboration discussed and agreed that a co-ordinated approach at European level would be preferable to many individual intiatives.

A task force set up networking workshops to foster scientific exchange, focusing on two topics:

  • Major epidemic prevention and control strategies & operating mechanisms within care systems.
  • Social consequences, social behaviours, and the impact on care systems and society at large.

2nd SE–NSFC Scientists' Networking Workshop on COVID-19

The objective of the workshop is to promote scientific exchange between European and Chinese researchers working on COVID-19-related topics (see more information below), who are funded by respectively European research agencies and by the NSFC. Participants will be able to engage in scientific discussions with peers and establish contacts for possible future collaboration.


The first networking workshop will focus on 'Social consequences, social behaviours, and the impact on care systems and society at large'. The following subtopics will be addressed within this theme:

  • Perception of the risk by the populations and the health care systems.
  • Public reaction towards preventive measures and its effects on COVID-19 control.
  • Knowledge about the long-term social and economic impact of the pandemic on individuals, specific groups and on society as a whole.
  • Interventions to reduce short-term negative societal effects of the pandemic for the resilience of individual citizens, vulnerable groups and society as a whole.
  • Strategies to mitigate the negative long-term impact of pandemics, including social protection and support for economic activity

The members of the Science Europe Task Force on Collaboration with NSFC have identified research projects addressing these sub-topics. Five projects were selected to be presented at the workshop (see the programme).

Target Audience

This networking event is open to Principal Investigators and senior researchers who currently work on projects related to one of the topics mentioned above, and who:

  • work in a Science Europe Member Organisation,
  • are funded by Science Europe Member Organisations, or
  • are funded by the NSFC.

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Joining the event

If you belong to the target audience as indicated and are interested in joining the event, please contact the Science Europe Office.