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Infectious Disease & Society Seminar: Kai Kupferschmidt
Kai Kupferschmidt will explore how the pandemic has been presented in the media, how this compares to the way other infectious diseases are communicated, and whether the manner of communication has affected public health outcomes.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
Correspondent @Science Magazine
Kai Kupferschmidt is a science journalist based in Berlin, Germany. He studied molecular biomedicine at the University of Bonn, then visited the Berlin Journalism School. He has reported widely on infectious diseases and is interested in biotechnology, drug development and evolutionary biology. Kai is a contributing correspondent for the journal “Science” and has written for numerous German publications including Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit. He has also written two books, one about infectious diseases and one about the science of the color blue, which was published in 2019.
Annika Grandison
Engagement Team Lead @EMBL Heidelberg
Annika Grandison, who will chair this session, leads the Engagement Team in the EMBL Communications Department. She combines a PhD in biochemistry with professional experience as a writer, editor and communicator. Following her studies at University College London, Annika worked as writer and editor at Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany, and The Company of Biologists in Cambridge, UK. She held roles in strategic internal and external communications and public affairs at The Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge and EMBO in Heidelberg before joining EMBL in January 2020.
Lucia von Bredow
Science & Society Manager @EMBL Heidelberg
Lucia von Bredow, who will host this seminar, runs the Science & Society Programme at EMBL. She has a background in law, public affairs and stakeholder engagement in the healthcare and life science sectors. The Science & Society Programme has been running for over twenty years. It seeks to create a bridge between EMBL, external stakeholders, and cross-sectoral experts, by undertaking analysis of, and discussion on the societal impact of scientific research. We act as a neutral facilitator, providing an impartial forum to explore the societal context in which scientific research operates.